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Latest: Directory:Prizes / Directory: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)

Latest: Directory:U.S. Government and Energy / Directory:Prizes > 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

Free Energy Blog:2014:09:14 - 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)

Free Energy Blog:2014:04:22 - "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)

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Latest: There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1] > 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)
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Directory:Anti-Gravity > Directory:Prizes > 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)
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Eric Krieg's Open Offer to Validate Claims of Free Energy - $10,000 for real proof of claim.

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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. Directory:Advanced Energy Research Organization, LLC (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)

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Latest: Directory:Organizations / Directory:Prizes >Directory:Xtreme Science Foundation and the XS-NRG Prize - A new foundation is proposed that would both evaluate extreme technology claims and offer an annual no-strings-attached prize to the best extreme energy technology. (PESWiki Oct 6, 2008)

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 PAYPALThe John R. R. Searl [Searl Effect Technology] PayPal account identifier is searlsolution@hotmail.comTo make a donation to the 2008 Loris Hemlof prize for best free energy inventor Loris Hemlof's PayPal account identifier (he gets 5%.)

Mainstream Renewable Energy Contests

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Directory:Prizes / Directory:Electric Vehicles / Directory:Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations > Four Electric Vehicles Embark on 80 Day Trip Around the World - Is it possible to travel the globe in electric vehicles powered by renewable energy offsets? The “Zero Race”, an 80 day around-the-world excursion, just launched, pitting electric vehicles from Australia, Germany, South Korea and Switzerland against each other on a journey through Mexico, Europe, Russia, China, Canada, and the U.S., ending in January 2011. (Inhabitat Aug. 16, 2010)
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Latest: Directory:Prizes / Directory:Electromagnetic > Directory:Rotoverter > Rotoconversion Energy Saving Method accepted into Tech Briefs contest - An inventor who proposed a system similar to the "Energy from the Vacuum Cleaner" design I posted on April Fools day has had his Rotoverter motor design accepted into NASA Tech Brief's "Create the Future" contest. His Rotoconversion motor purportedly can cut energy waste by up to 90% compared to a conventional motor. (PESN April 4, 2010) (Comment)
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Directory:X Prize:Automotive - 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)

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Directory:Flight > Directory: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)

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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."

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Directory:Hydrogen > Directory: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

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Directory:Prizes > 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)
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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.


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Template: 43: Directory:Solar / Directory:Wind > Directory:SkyBuilt Power > SkyBuilt Power Wins an Edison Award for Best Energy and Sustainability Product for 2011 - SkyBuilt won the Silver Award in this category for its transformational renewable energy power stations. Like Edison, SkyBuilt has taken a variety of best of breed commercial products and created completely integrated, optimized and automatic power systems. They provide easy expansion, upgrading, and rapid deployment. (PR-USA April 10, 2011)
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Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Prizes > Directory:Ethanol > Directory:X Prize:Automotive > Ethanol-Powered Car Wins the Automotive X-Prize - Last week, the Edison2 team won the $5 million prize in the "mainstream" vehicle class, which required the car to transport four passengers and to have at least a 200-mile range. The team's car achieved 102 MPGe. The X-Tracer motorcycle won the tandem vehicle prize and the Wave II by Li-Ion Motors won the side-by-side two passenger prize. (MIT Technology Review September 16, 2010)
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Latest: Directory:Prizes / Directory:Noble Gas Engines > Directory:Plasma Energy Controls' Plasma Expansion Motor > PlasmERG among EE Times' ACE Award finalists - PlasmERG Inc, who is developing a noble gas plasma expansion motor providing clean, cheap, and reliable power has been selected as a top five finalist among the "Most Promising Renewable Energy Technologies" category for EE Times' prestigious Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. (PESN March 3, 2010) (Comments)
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Directory:Zeitgeist / Directory:Prizes > 2009 Excellence in Renewable Energy North America Awards -- Reader's Choice - Renewable Energy World has a poll open to its readers to select their favorites from among the finalists in four categories including some that are featured in our Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD: Directory:Micro-Inverter System by Enphase Energy Microinverters and Directory:Cool Earth Solar's concentrators. Votes accepted until January 31, 2010. (Renewable Energy World)
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Rosenblatt New Energy Awards 2009 - The Rosenblatt New Energy Awards is a spectacular event in the renewable energy sector, recognizing the achievements of management teams, companies and projects that have made a significant contribution to this sector during the past 12 months. Annual event in the UK. (Vitesse Media Feb. 25, 2009)

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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 Directory:Tesla Motors, Inc., became the top innovator for 2008. (Technology Review Sept. Oct. 2008)

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Directory:Prizes >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)

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The Alternative Energy Awards 2008 - The Alternative Energy Awards took place at a premier reception at the ADIPEC 2008 gala reception, Nov. 4, 2008, with individuals, companies and developers receiving accolades recognising their contribution to promoting environmental awareness. (Arabian Business Nov. 5, 2008)

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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)

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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)

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Latest: Directory:Prizes / Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Hydrogen Injection > Directory:$1 Million Prize for 25% Mileage-Boosting Hydroxy Generator - To win, fit an HHO system to a late model car (tuned and in good condition) so that a consistent 25% or greater improvement in fuel economy is obtained and maintained for six months, without causing any damage to the engine. Entrance fee: $5K USD. (PESWiki Oct. 25, 2008)
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Directory:Prizes >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)

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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)

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Latest / Congress:Top 100 Technologies -- RD:Environmental Hall of Fame Honors Several Top 100 Energy Technologies - First biannual ceremony christens event toward becoming the 'Golden Globes' of the Environmental movement. (PESN June 8, 2008)

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Nominations Invited for Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit Award - The University of Delaware is accepting nominations until Sept. 3, for the 2009 Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, which carries a cash award of $50,000. It is bestowed for significant pioneering contributions to the promotion of solar energy. (NewsWise Apr. 7, 2008)

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Euromoney and Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards- The Euromoney and Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards were established to recognise the projects, companies and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the renewable energy sector.

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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.

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Directory:Fuel Efficiency 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


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REEEP announces Call for Proposals for EUR 4.3 million in grant funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects - The project call is REEEP's largest in its five year history with more than 4.3 million Euro available for projects in least developed countries and emerging market economies for renewable energy and energy efficiency. (REEEP Oct 23, 2008)

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program - Supporting scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national small business at a time. DOE FY 2009 Technical Topic Titles (U.S.Dept. of Energy Aug, 28, 2008)


$50 million in clean diesel grants up for grabs from EPA - That's the amount that the EPA announced it will spend on clean diesel research, especially on "school or transit buses, medium and heavy-duty trucks, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines." (AutoBlog Green April 6, 2008)

Prizes -- Expired/Awarded

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Directory:Prizes > Directory:GE Ecomagination Challenge > GE’s Ecomagination Challenge Unveils 5 Winning Energy Solutions - Today General Electric unveiled the winners in its $200 million open innovation challenge, which focused on finding smart solutions to powering our grid. Directory:Capstone Turbine Corporation, ElectricRoute, GridON, IceCode, and WinFlex were chosen from 4,000 submissions. (Inhabitat Nov. 16, 2010)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

MIT Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize established to drive innovative ideas to market - This prestigious $200,000 USD prize was established by building off the very strong base of two existing and nationally recognized MIT competitions--the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and the Ignite Clean Energy Competition. (MIT News Nov. 28, 2007)

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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)

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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)