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Announcing our 21 semi-finalists!
 

Announcing the 21 semi-finalists for the Ocean Innovation Prize

 

The US$1 Million Ocean Innovation Prize is designed to inspire, fund and support innovations that mitigate climate change through ocean-related strategies. The Blue Climate Initiative and its partners are thrilled to announce our 21 semi-finalists!

Desolenator - Solar-powered desalination technology desolenator.com

Solar-powered desalination technology

Netherlands

Perfect farmed urchin 20 percent plus roe Urchinomics

Global kelp restoration through restorative sea urchin aquaculture

Norway & Japan

Sargasses plage Guadeloupe smosolarprocess.com

Carbon capture and energy from Sargassum

Guadeloupe

tenaka.org Tēnaka - Restoring blue carbon habitats for a regenerative economy, France

Restoring blue carbon habitats for a regenerative economy

France

oceans 2050 - Global Seaweed Project: Blue Carbon oceans2050.com

Global seaweed project: Blue Carbon

USA

airglide Air lubrication systems to reduce global shipping pollution

Air lubrication systems to reduce global shipping pollution

USA & Bahamas

Jerry and Apurav at the test centre with test loop The world's first ocean safe thermal desalination technology, 100% powered by solar. Desolenator creates high quality net-zero drinking water at scale, securing water for island nations whilst delivering resilience and adaptation to a changing climate without harm to our planet and oceans.

Large-scale carbon dioxyde removal through accelerated weathering of limestone

Malaysia

Seaweedtama Biopac Indonesia Seaweedtama Biopac

Seaweed-based solution for a plastic-free ocean

Indonesia

Loliware -  Seaweed-derived, emissions-avoiding, alternatives to plastic, USA Loliware -  Seaweed-derived, emissions-avoiding, alternatives to plastic, USA

Seaweed-derived, emissions-avoiding, alternatives to plastic

USA

Climate Foundation Marine Permaculture - SeaForestation with deepwater irrigation climatefoundation.org

Marine Permaculture - SeaForestation with deepwater irrigation

Australasia

CorPower Ocean – Clean Energy from ocean waves, Sweden CorPower Ocean – Clean Energy from ocean waves, Sweden

Clean energy from ocean waves, Sweden

Sweden

cubex.global Cubex global - Decarbonizing maritime freight using space optimization technology

Decarbonizing maritime freight using space optimization technology

U.A.E

Swimsol SolarSea - World's first ocean floating solar system, Maldives Swimsol SolarSea - World's first ocean floating solar system, Maldives

World's first ocean floating solar system

Maldives

Sway - Seaweed-based replacements for single-use plastic swaythefuture.com

Seaweed-based replacements for single-use plastic

USA

Project Vesta - Coastal resilience and carbon capture with olivine sand projectvesta.org

Coastal resilience and carbon capture with olivine sand

USA

Planetary hydrogen - Ocean carbon dioxyde removal through alkalinity and hydrogen production planetaryhydrogen.com

Ocean carbon dioxyde removal through alkalinity and hydrogen production

Canada

E-Wave Technologies - Wave energy for ocean aquaculture ewavetech.com

Wave energy for ocean aquaculture

USA

www.ecowavepower.com/ Eco Wave Power - Clean electricity from ocean and sea waves, Israel

Clean electricity from ocean and sea waves

Israel

ebbcarbon.com Ebb Carbon- Electrochemical ocean deacidification and atmospheric CO₂ capture, USA

Electrochemical ocean deacidification and atmospheric CO₂ capture

USA

Onekawater.com Oneka Technologies - Wave-powered sustainable desalination, Canada

Wave-powered sustainable desalination

Canada

symbrosia.co/ Symbrosia - Seaweed feed supplements reducing livestock methane emissions by 90%, USA

Seaweed feed supplements reducing livestock methane emissions by 90%

USA

Thank you to our expert evaluators!

The BCI received 236 applications from over 60 countries. The semi-finalists were selected by a global group of 18 Expert Evaluators for their impact potential, innovation, commercial and scale potential, capacity and feasibility, alignment with Prize principles, and the value that the potential award would bring to them.

map of oip award winners
Alison Clausen
Alison Clausen

Programme Specialist, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - UNESCO

Bela Hanratty
Bela Hanratty

Managing Director, BlueWave Innovation Capital

Christian Vanizette
Christian Vanizette

Cofounder, Makesense.org

Craig Dudenhoeffer
Craig Dudenhoeffer

Chief Innovation Officer, Sustainable Ocean Alliance; Co-Founder of the Ocean Solutions Accelerator

Donna K Hazard
Donna K Hazard

Board Member and General Partner, SeaAhead; Board Member, New England Aquarium; Co-Founder and Board Member, Women Working for Oceans (W2O)

Elena Perez
Elena Perez

Ocean Resilience Lead, Ocean Action Agenda, World Economic Forum

Imogen Rose-Smith
Imogen Rose-Smith

Co-Founder, Combinate Capital

Loreley Picourt
Loreley Picourt

Secretary General, Ocean & Climate Platform

Louis Metzger
Louis Metzger

CEO and Co-founder of DeepViews Inc.

Megan Morikawa
Megan Morikawa

Global Director of Sustainability, Iberostar Group

Mevin Kistnassamy
Mevin Kistnassamy

Founding Partner, Blue Pelican Capital

Neil Davies
Neil Davies

Director, University of California Gump South Pacific Research Station; Research Affiliate, Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Nina Boys
Nina Boys

Senior Director, Beyond Green Travel

Teresa Christopher
Teresa Christopher

Principal at TRChristopher LLC, Former White House Ocean Policy Advisor

Thierry Chopin
Thierry Chopin

Professor of Marine Biology, Seaweed and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Laboratory, University of New Brunswick; President, Chopin Coastal Health Solutions Inc.

Trisha Atwood
Trisha Atwood

Associate Professor, Utah State University - Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center

Tony Charters
Tony Charters

Vice Chair, Global Ecotourism Network; Director, Asian Ecotourism Network; Honorary Life Member, Ecotourism Australia

Meet our Ocean Innovation Prize High-Level Judges!

We are delighted that the OIP will engage the following high-level judges, alongside a broad range of ocean experts, scientists, engineers, business executives, investors, and representatives from the UN and NGOs:

Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey

Chairman and CEO, Pacific Beachcomber S.C.

Craig Cogut

Craig Cogut

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P.

Daniela Fernandez

Daniela Fernandez

Founder and CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Françoise Gaill

Françoise Gaill

Emeritus Research Director of CNRS

Margaret Leinen

Margaret Leinen

Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Vice Chancellor for Marine Science at UC San Diego

Vladimir Ryabinin

Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO

Jyotika Virmani

Jyotika Virmani

Executive Director, Schmidt Ocean Institute

What next?

The semi-finalists will be supported with publicity, match-making with experts and investors, and mentoring. The High-Level Judges panel will select a final set of winners, to be announced in early 2022, who will share the US$1 Million cash prize and be featured at the Blue Climate Summit in May 2022 in French Polynesia.

 

Collaborators

The Prize is presented by BCI as part of an endorsed programme of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and is designed to advance the goals of the Ocean Decade and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Prize is presented in collaboration with the Sustainable Ocean Alliance.

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For any questions about the Prize,
contact Jeanne Everett:
jeanne@blueclimateinitiative.org

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