Aug. 19, 2021, 7:05 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

The 10 teams listed below are moving on to the final phase, each taking home $200,000 in cash prizes, along with a chance to win part of the $2 million Phase 2 prize pool.

All Phase 1 participants will receive judges’ comments within the next two weeks. For those teams selected to move onto Phase 2, please check your email over the next few weeks for next steps and register for the Phase 2 Rules Webinar on Sept. 16, 2021, at 11 a.m. ET.

For Phase 1 participants not selected as finalists, there will be future opportunities to team up with finalists to create a holistic innovation. Stay tuned for more information.

The E-ROBOT Prize Phase 1 winners stood out from the competition by creating high-impact holistic solutions, addressing on-site benefits for worker health and safety, and designing for technical and commercial viability.

Congratulations to the following teams:

Apellix Techstyle Materials: Drone for Applying Multifunctional Control Layers

Jacksonville, Florida

F.G.S.: Revolutionizing Robotic Retrofits

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 

Friendly Robots CompanyThe Mayfly and the Aardvark

Berkeley, California

FunFormRobotic Assisted Exterior Insulated Finish Systems

Westport, Connecticut 

New York University: EASEEbot

New York, New York

Northeastern University: Precise Air-Sealing Robot for Inaccessible Spaces (PARIS)

Boston, Massachusetts 

Roboattic: Robotic System for Air Sealing and Insulating Attics

Berkeley, California

R-STRIPE: The R-STRIPE Deep Energy Retrofit System

Chester, Connecticut

Thermadrone: Drone Thermography for Building Envelope Retrofit

Berkeley, California


Tucson, Arizona