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XPRIZE - Water Abundance Award

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XPRIZE - Water Abundance Award

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XPRIZE commissioned Bennett Awards to create a new custom award for its Water Abundance XPRIZE. The Water Abundance XPRIZE was created to recognize pioneering technologies aimed at alleviating the global water crisis with energy-efficient technologies that harvest fresh water from thin air. The Water Abundance XPRIZE drew 98 competing teams from 25 countries, who were asked to develop and demonstrate technologies capable of harvesting a minimum of 2,000 liters of water from the atmosphere each day. They needed to be powered entirely by renewable energy, and produce water at a cost of no more than two cents per liter.

The winner of this award received a custom award created by Bennett Awards, along with $1.5 million in prize money.

For the custom award, Bennett Awards created a clear, acrylic sculpture in the shape of a water drop. A globe was embedded ed in the middle of the water drop sculpture. The sculpture was mounted on a large, unique trapezoid-shaped cast pewter base with sculpted engravings of the XPRIZE and Water Abundance XPRIZE logos, along with information on the award and award winning team.

The winner of the award competition, which was launched in 2016 at the United Nations in New Delhi, was Venice Beach-based Skysource/Skywater Alliance. They created a range of deployable clean-energy, carbon-negative machines that are capable of pulling moisture from thin air, condensing it, and then filtering it in fresh water.

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