Long-Form Pieces

Catalyzing a New Market: Converting CO2 into Plastics

By now you may have heard that the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE semifinalists are converting CO2 into an entire range of products that will benefit our everyday lives. And of the twenty semifinalist teams, five of them are actually turning the greenhouse gas into different forms of polymers and plastics! These materials are used in a wide range of applications all over the world—but currently, they are manufactured using fossil fuels. That’s where our semifinalists’ technologies come in.

From the Field: Women’s Safety XPRIZE Finalists Put to the Test

Board a public bus in the busy streets of Mumbai, India recently and you would have found an exciting scene: five finalist teams in the Women’s Safety XPRIZE putting their wearable, emergency alert devices to the test in a real-world scenario. This competition challenged teams around the world to develop devices that would autonomously and inconspicuously trigger an emergency alert while transmitting information to a network of community responders, all within 90 seconds.

Recycling CO2 Into Fuel

Over the last few weeks we’ve talked about how the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE semifinalists are working to create valuable products like plastics and building materials out of CO emissions. But what if we could replace fuels like gasoline and diesel, which are fossil fuel-powered, with a CO -derived substitute? These three teams are doing just that by converting CO emissions into fuels that will be able to power our world in a sustainable way. But in order to compete with fuels already on the mark[...]

Making Food Out of Thin Air

By 2050, our world’s population is expected to grow to 10 billion people. With that amount of growth, we will need to almost double food production in order to keep everyone fed—and using current methods, that amount of production would emit an enormous quantity of greenhouse gases, further adding to the issue of climate change. With this challenge in mind, three semifinalist teams competing in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE are working to create technologies that recycle carbon emissions into[...]

Three Wild Card Teams Selected to Enter the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE

The $5M IBM Watson AI XPRIZE just gained three innovative new contestants! They’ll be joining the global challenge to create AI applications that solve some of humanity’s most pressing challenges across a variety of fields. With AI technologies advancing at such a rapid pace, we designed the AI XPRIZE to re-open registration twice during its timeline for a “Wild Card round” as a way of staying on top of new AI applications. The goal of these rounds is to ensure that the competition will result

How the AI XPRIZE is Helping Achieve the SDGs

In January 2016, the United Nations brought into effect a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals that, if achieved, would improve life in a way that is sustainable for the coming generations. From alleviating poverty to taking action on climate change, these SDGs cannot be achieved alone—they call people and organizations around the world to partner together in order to find solutions, and the XPRIZE Foundation is one such organization that has chosen to answer the call.

A New Take On Concrete: Transforming CO2 Into Building Materials

Concrete is the single most widely used building material in the world—as well as one of the greatest polluters, contributing to more than 5% of the world’s CO emissions. This massive carbon footprint is driven largely by one key ingredient: cement, and the massive quantities of heat required to manufacture it. That’s why five of the semifinalist teams competing in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE have created circular carbon technologies that use CO emissions to make sustainable building materials[...]

Putting Science to the Test: The Carbon XPRIZE Semifinals

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is gearing up for a major milestone in 2018—the announcement of the finalist teams! Over the past several months, the XPRIZE team has traveled around the world to six different countries, visiting each of our 20 semifinalists in their natural habitats. From Washington to China, the semifinalist teams in the Carbon XPRIZE competition were given one year to build breakthrough technologies that convert CO2 into valuable products, ultimately striving for a chance to win[...]

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