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Battelle and Partners to Compete for 2 Million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

Posted on Sep 18, 2014

TEAM SEAS, One of 18 Groups, Participating in Global Competition to Revolutionize Ocean pH Sensor Technology

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 18, 2014)—Battelle, along with partners SRI International and the University of South Florida, are working jointly on a scientific instrument for the prestigious Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a global competition that challenges teams of engineers, scientists and innovators to create pH sensor technology that will accurately and affordably measure ocean acidification.

These breakthrough sensors are urgently needed to assess ocean chemistry and help mitigate ocean acidification caused by CO2 emissions. Battelle’s TEAM SEAS hopes to contribute to this growing issue with a unique sensor that will help scientists monitor ocean health and ultimately have a positive impact on our knowledge of the earth’s carbon cycle.

“We are honored to have our sensor technology compete for the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE,” said Jac Fought, Senior Research Scientist/Maritime Systems Sensors Business Line Manager. “We plan to make this device available very soon as part of our Maritime Systems Sensors product offerings, a suite of maritime instruments that support carbon cycle monitoring.”

Beginning in early September, each team submitted their sensors for a rigorous three-month test in controlled laboratory conditions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute focused on accuracy, precision and stability. The top submissions will move on to testing in a coastal environment in February 2015, followed by deep-sea testing in May 2015, with the winners announced shortly thereafter.

Teams participating in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE may compete for two available prize purses: the $1 million accuracy purse, based on performance, and the $1 million affordability purse based on cost and usability. TEAM SEAS will be focusing on the accuracy purse.

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Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $2.25M Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, go to

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