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Tidal Pump by Robert Tulip

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SUBJECT: Your proposal has been selected as a Finalist!

Congratulations! Your proposal in the Energy-Water Nexus contest has been selected to advance to the Finalists round.

Be proud of your accomplishment – more than 350 proposals were submitted and only a very small number have been advanced through these two rounds of judging.

As a Finalist, your proposal is eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as the contest’s Popular Choice award, which is determined by public voting.

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All winners will be announced the week after the voting period ends, on September 12, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time.

Both Judges Choice and Popular Choice will receive a special invitation to attend selected sessions at MIT’s SOLVE conference and present their proposals before key constituents in a workshop the next day, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded. A few select Climate CoLab winners will join distinguished SOLVE attendees in a highly collaborative problem-solving session. Some contests have additional prizes given by the contest sponsor.

We have attached the final judging comments below.

Thank you for your work on this very important issue. We’re proud of your proposal, and we hope that you are too. Again, congratulations!

2015 Climate CoLab Judges

Combining ocean energy with algae production is an interesting topic. This revised proposal incorporates the judge comments well and brings forth an intelligible process for which algae farming can lead to a significantly positive impact on our environment. This proposal recognized the issue regarding commercial viability and does a good job at presenting possible solutions to that issue. The end product focus and using locally provided energy to generate the end products are welcome considerations.

Scaling this technology would appear to be a large challenge. More can be said though about commercial viability than what was presented. While it was noted that several entities will need to partner up in order to make this project more feasible, specifics would have been welcomed.For example, Australia was mentioned as a possible location for this project. What entities in Australia would help further this proposal? Any possible policy concerns for the Australian people/government? What possible scientific entity in Australia or elsewhere would take charge of the testing of the pump? I believe some of the portions of this proposal were too broad and specific mentions of groups or financiers would have made this proposal stronger. Think: who would have a legitimate stake in a project like this? Also, more discussion about the impact or safeguards for the pump in deep ocean waters would have been welcomed. What safeguards would be in place to present boats or sea life or people from interfering with the pump or being harmed by it. I understand that more research and tests need to be done, but there seems to be no mention of this in the proposal.

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SUBJECT:  Your proposal has been selected as a Climate CoLab Semi-Finalist!

Proposal: Tidal Pump
Contest: Energy-Water Nexus

Congratulations!  Your proposal submitted to the Energy-Water Nexus contest has been selected to advance to the Semi-Finalists round.
You will be able to revise your proposal and add new collaborators if you wish, from July 1st until July 14, 2015 at 23:59pm Eastern Time. 
Judges' feedback are posted under the "Evaluation" tab of your proposal and below.  Please incorporate this feedback in your revisions, or your proposal may not be advanced to the Finalists round.  We ask you to also summarize the changes that you made in the comment section of the Evaluation tab.
At the revision deadline listed below, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form.  The Judges will undergo another round of evaluation to ensure that Semi-Finalist proposals have addressed the feedback given, and select which proposals will continue to the Finalists round.  Finalists are eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as for public voting to select the contest’s Popular Choice award.
Thank you for your great work and again, congratulations!

2015 Climate CoLab Judges


This proposal does a good job of presenting immediate actions that can be taken in regards to the energy-water nexus challenges. Overall, the proposal is very well formulated and key challenges well described. The end product focuses on using locally provided energy to generate the end products. Technically, what is being proposed here is very interesting indeed.

It would be helpful to see a diagram of the actual pump being proposed here. There can be more discussion about the issues and challenges that come with deep ocean processing of algae. This proposal is also lacking a conversation about the political or policy challenges that this project could face. More thought should be given about the location and implementation of this proposal. There are several factors to consider that should be fleshed out. Some include the benefits of using this pump in open water vs. a more controlled body of water, the environmental impact this may have on sea life or others (both good and bad). The issue of commercial viability is discussed, but this portion of the proposal can be cleaned up a bit. More details are needed regarding other pragmatic solutions that might alleviate the issue of commercial viability. There was far too much extraneous material in this one. The proposal needs to focus on the idea and how it would work as the technical aspects were unclear. The linkages to climate benefits from using the proposed technology need to be strengthened.

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