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  • Featured: Awards / Nikola Tesla >
    Serbia wants U.N. to honor Tesla's birthday - Serbia says it will ask the United Nations to declare the birth date of scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla, International Science Day. In 2010 Serbia declared Tesla's birthday, July 10, as Science Day in Serbia with events drawing attention to Tesla's accomplishments. (BeforeItsNews; June 12, 2011)
  • Featured: U.S. Govt. and Energy / Awards >
    Proposed: Electromagnetic Energy Grand Challenge - The New Energy Movement has posted an open letter to the White House from Dr. Fred Wood, who proposes a new Grand Challenge focused on extracting energy from the active physical vacuum for use in disruptive, transformational, electromagnetic energy technologies. Wood has both academic and government credentials. (New Energy Movement; Apr. 14, 2010)

Open Challenges/Contests

Free Energy Contests

  • XPRIZE offers $20 Million for ‘Forbidden Energy’ - XPRIZE board member Barry Thompson explains that today there is an ‘inquisition of scientific mindsets’ that is holding back breakthroughs in science. Scientists consider that energy sources like cold fusion, zero-point energy are possible, but in reality, no one can investigate it in academia because of blacklisting and a code of silence surrounding these unpopular topics. (Free Energy Blog; September 14, 2014)
  • Greer's $100,000 STAR Challenge and Award - "On this one year anniversary, Earth Day 2014, we are announcing the STAR Challenge and Award. ...We have enough funds to announce this new Award of $100,000." (Free Energy Blog; April 22, 2014)
  • Featured: OS > Prizes >
    Brainstorm: Launch Energy Nest Egg for Ideal Open Source Project - Looking for your input on various parameters for launching a fund/award for an exotic free energy technology that is suitably simple, easy to understand, inexpensive, developed well enough, and practical; which the inventor is willing to open license for that amount. (PESN; June 8, 2013)
  • Anti-Gravity > Contests >
    Goede Award: 1 million € to overcome gravity - Applicants must successfully design, construct and complete an experiment with specified performance characteristics. A 20 gram heavy device or the assembly itself, is required to float freely at least 1 minute at a minimum distance of 10 cm from any surface. (Goede-Stiftung; December 1, 2012)
Stefan Hartmann
Stefan Hartmann
  •'s Prize Cache Growing - Forum moderator, Stefan Hartmann began the initiative in March, 2007, putting $1,000 from ad revenue into a kitty, which has now grown to $3,500 Euros; to be award to the first person to satisfy the contest stipulations, which include a willingness to open source the technology. (
  • Advanced Energy Research Organization (AERO) - Steven Greer, founder of the Disclosure Project, is a leading expert on UFO suppression and associated advanced, clean energy technology sequestration. AERO was established to protect and launch a revolutionary energy technology that meets the screening criteria of 'self-running with at least 1 kW of usable electricity.' (PESN; Nov. 11, 2007)
  • Loris Hemlof Prize - For "Best Free Energy Inventor". Recipients must have a PayPal account and provide public proof of free energy and/or anti-gravity. Winners. Please use PAYPAL to make a donation go to PAYPAL
    The John R. R. Searl [Searl Effect Technology] PayPal account identifier is;
    To make a donation to the 2008 Loris Hemlof prize for best free energy inventor Loris Hemlof's PayPal account identifier is; (he gets 5%.)

Mainstream Renewable Energy Contests

  • The Next X-Prize: Rethinking the Automobile - X Prize's founder, Peter Diamandis, wants the next prize to include the task of solving some of the world's transportation problems. "Why do we still drive cars that use an internal combustion engine and only get 30 miles per gallon?" (TreeHugger; Feb. 1, 2006)
  • Flight > Flying Cars >
    NASA competition offers green challenge for air travel - In the spirit of the X-Prize and the Lunar X Prize, NASA's Green Flight Challenge is enticing creative types with a USD$1.5 million prize in which designers need to create an aircraft that is low cost, quiet, has a short take-off, is 'road worthy' and gets excellent passenger-miles per gallon. (GizMag; August 4, 2009)
  • Scientists to Vie for $25M Climate Prize - British tycoon Sir Richard Branson has announced The Virgin Earth Challenge, which is a $25 million global science and technology prize that will be awarded to an individual or a group who can demonstrate a design to reduce atmospheric pollution and contribute to the stability of the earth's climate. (PhysOrg; Feb. 9, 2007)
  • CleanTech Open - $1 million USD set aside by organization whose "mission is to serve as an innovation catalyst for ... entrepreneurs and early-stage companies creating clean, environmentally sustainable technologies. Any inventor, technologist or clean tech enthusiast is invited to submit a three-page Executive Summary by May 30th."
  • Hydrogen > Storage >
    DOE launches $1 million Hydrogen Storage Prize - After trying to cut research funding by hundreds of millions for hydrogen technology (most of which was restored by Congress), the Department of Energy has announced a $1 million prize for a hydrogen technology breakthrough. The contest seeks an entry that will improve current hydrogen storage issues, involving highly-pressurized tanks. (AutoBlog; August 26, 2009)

Mainstream Technology Prizes

  • Awards >
    Apply for 2010 Popular Science Invention Award - "We’re looking for game-changing products that come from the passionate drive of independent inventors. PopSci editors will pick 10 inventions that best represent the spirit of homegrown ingenuity and solve real-world problems in a practical and innovative way. Submission deadline Feb. 19. (Populare Science; Feb. 2, 2010)
  • Call for Nominations for the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize - Oct. 1 is the deadline for submitting nominations for The Millennium Technology Prize, which is awarded every second year to inspire and recognize technological innovations that provide answers to the challenges of our time and improve quality of life. At the one million euro level the Millennium Technology Prize ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious awards.


  • Innovators Under 35 - An annual event by Technology Review generates a list of top innovators under the age of 35, who's science and research they found to be most exciting. JB Straubel, CTO for Tesla Motors, became the top innovator for 2008. (Technology Review; Sept. Oct. 2008)
  • Awards >
    Nominations being accepted for The Tech Awards - Annual event honors technologies that benefit humanity, making the world safer and healthier, more prosperous and just. 2008 Laureates included Sunlabob Renewable Energy, DESI Power, Solar Electric Light Fund and the Portable Light Project. See Videocalling for 2009 nominations] (CNet; Nov. 12, 2008)
  • Green Tech on Time Magazine's 50 Best Inventions of 2008 - Time Magazine has gone ahead and picked its "50 Best Inventions of 2008," and several green technologies and devices are on the list, some of whom we covered on PESWiki; Tesla Motors, Aptera, thin film solar, biofuel, wind turbines, etc. Video 7.01 Minutes) (Green Tech; Oct. 31, 2008)
  • 2008 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards - Ten Innovators are recognized in this annual event for their efforts in 2008, some of whom we have tracked, such as Aptera, Stirling Engine Systems and the Johnson Thermo-Electrochemical Converter System. Videos, Podcasts and Profiles. (Popular Mechanics; Nov. 2008)
  • Awards >
    The Earth Awards - The Earth Awards is a global search for future-crucial design solutions that will improve our collective social, cultural, economic and ecological quality of life. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 31, 2008 in multiple categories; product design, architecture, fashion, food, alternative energy, and more. $10,000 USD. (Video) (Thanks Lascelles Linton)
  • European Energy Service Award 2008 - The European Energy Service Initiative was developed and launched in 2005 to provide a promotional platform for energy services in Europe. Its principal aim is to increase awareness on the options and opportunities of energy services especially for energy efficiency, by showing its successes and to motivate others. The European Energy Service Award is part of this initiative and helps bring energy services into the centre of attention. (REEEP; August 5, 2008)
  • Shell Global Eco-Marathon - The Shell Eco-marathon is an annual educational project that integrates the sustainable development values with driving as far as possible using the least amount of energy.
    • Fuel Efficient Vehicles > At Eco-marathon, teen driving team races to 2,843 mpg - The team from Mater Dei High School might be only months (or less) removed from driver's ed, but it pulled off a nifty feat of driving over the weekend. One of its entries in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas won the $10,000 USD grand prize for motoring to a record 2,843.4 miles per gallon. (CNet News; April 14, 2008)
  • Sustainability Awards - provides the Twin Cities (Minnesota) and the nation with the opportunity to recognize individuals, groups, and institutions that have been exemplary leaders and made significant contributions to sustainability—creating a world that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just and humane.

Contests / Challenges

See Directory:Contests and Challenges - separate page


Prizes -- Expired/Awarded

  • Improving the World Through Invention - The $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions and innovations that improve the world in which we live. Requirements: US Citizen; 2 awarded Patents; "Mid-career" applicants; experience as a mentor. Annual award.
  • American Express Members Project 2008 - PDF. Starting 7/22/08, submitting your ideas for projects through the American Express Credit Card system could change our world. Voting begins 9/9/08. AMEX card members decide which projects get funding. On 10/14/08, American Express funds the winning projects with $2.5 million.
  • Millennium Promise - The campaign message should educate the general public about the main objective of the MDGs: to improve the lives of the world’s poorest. The overall message should be clear, compelling and empowering – ultimately, this is a call to action to inspire people to join the global fight to end poverty. Entry deadline Tuesday June 17 2008 at 6:00pm UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) Total prize money of $10,000 will be allocated as follows: $5,000 to the Overall Winner, $5000 divided between multiple prizes: DESIGN 21 Judge’s Picks and Most Popular.
  • Dept of Energy L Prize Competition - Companies that produce a suitable solid-state replacement for the common 60 watt incandescent bulb and the PAR 38 halogen bulb will receive up to $20 million in cash and much more importantly, federal government procurement opportunities. (Slashdot''; May 30, 2008)
Alex Salmond
Alex Salmond
  • The Saltire Prize - The Scottish Government has created the opportunity to award one of the biggest international innovation prizes in history through its plans for the Saltire Prize - a £10 million ($20 million) challenge prize for advances in clean energy. Details to be released November 30, 2008 on St. Andrew's Day at Edinburgh Castle. (April 3, 2008)
  • ConocoPhillips Energy Prize entry deadline looms - May 30, 2008 is the deadline for applying to be considered by the joint initiative by ConocoPhillips and Penn State, which is "designed to recognize new ideas and original, actionable solutions that can help improve the way the United States develops and uses energy."
  • ConocoPhillips, Penn State partner on nationwide energy prize program - The program will award up to $300,000 in cash prizes through the EMS Energy Institute and focus on generating innovative ideas and solutions that help in three areas; developing new energy sources, including new ways to develop alternative energy, improving energy efficiency, such as new methods to significantly reduce the amount of energy consumed in the United States, climate change, including solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Contest Rules (March 31, 2008)
  • Ignite Clean Energy Competition - $125,000 USD are at stake. To spur entrepreneurial activities, the Energy SIG2 of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, MIT Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize (CEEP) and the MIT 100K Energy Track have combined forces to offer a business presentation competition. (ICE; 2008)
  • Broadcast Your Non-Profit Cause - YouTube has pledged $20 million over two years to launch the YouTube Non-Profit Program, an initiative to encourage non-profit organizations to design and create "brand channels" to build communities, while raising awareness for their cause. (TreeHugger; Oct. 4, 2007)
  • Three-Millionth Visit to Home Page Today - We will be giving away a prize to the two people who come closest to being the 3,000,000th visitor to our home page. Last year, the competition was stiff. Read some of our company highlights from the past year. (FreeEnergyNews; Sept. 14. 2007)

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