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Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

Catalyze geothermal manufacturing innovation by harnessing the rapid advances in additive manufacturing.

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Overview

Challenge Overview

The American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize (Geothermal Prize) is designed to spur innovation and address manufacturing challenges fundamental to operating in harsh geothermal environments. This prize further supports the ability of the geothermal industry to reach the target of 60 GWe of geothermal capacity by 2050  as outlined in the recently released GeoVision study

As part of the American-Made Challenges series, the Geothermal Prize unites the world’s best-in-class research base with the unparalleled entrepreneurial support system of the American-Made Network. Consisting of pioneering maker spaces, dozens of energy incubators, universities, and 17 DOE National Laboratories, the Network is primed to create a sweeping portfolio of innovations to demonstrate the promise of additive manufacturing. 

Prize Stages

Competitors in the Ready!, Set!, Make!, and Geo! Contests participate in four escalating challenges. The contests provide a total of $4.65 million in incentives—$3.25 million in cash prizes, $1 million in vouchers, and $400,000 in field testing costs—to incentivize driving additively manufactured geothermal innovations from concept to prototype testing in two years through an accelerated schedule.


 

Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Please review the official rules  for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

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Challenge Updates

Congratulations, Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Semifinalists!

April 1, 2021, 8:38 a.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

On Wednesday, March 31, the U.S. Department of Energy announced 10 semifinalist teams in the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize at the NextGen Geo event. Each team won $100,000 in cash prizes and $75,000 in technical support vouchers. These teams will now move on to the Make! Contest, where they’ll create a prototype and compete for part of the $750,000 prize pool. 

Congratulations to the Geothermal Prize semifinalists: 

  • Drilling:
    • The Bit Guys from Morgantown, WV
    • Team Ozark Integrated Circuits from Fayetteville, AR
    • Team AC from Cambridge, MA
  • Zonal Isolation: 
    • Team Baker Hughes from Houston, TX
    • Team Welltec from Katy, TX
    • Team Downhole Emerging Technologies from Houston, TX
    • Team Schlumberger (Huilin Tu) from Houston, TX
  • Logging and Production: 
    • Team PLUGS from Morgantown, WV
    • Team Ultra-High Temperature Logging Tool from Houston, TX
    • Team Multiscale Systems from Worcester, MA

You can view a recording of the NextGen Geo event here.

A new prize competition called the American-Made Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize was also announced during the NextGen Geo event. This $3 million prize is designed to find solutions that de-risk and increase market viability for direct lithium extraction from geothermal brines.

Anyone affiliated with a U.S. academic institution, individually or as a team, is invited to participate in the Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize. Learn more about competing at the informational webinar on Monday, April 12. Register here

Congratulations, again, to the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize semifinalists and good luck in Make!


Tomorrow: Join the NextGen Geo Event

March 30, 2021, 1:57 p.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

See who becomes a Geothermal Manufacturing Prize semifinalist and learn about a new prize at tomorrow’s NextGen Geo event! Tune in at 1 p.m. ET to hear industry thought leaders and U.S. Department of Energy leadership speak about opportunities to impact the clean energy economy through geothermal workforce development. Plus, a networking event and several big announcements, including: 

  • Geothermal Collegiate Competition finalist teams
  • Geothermal Prize semifinalists
  • A prize competition aimed at developing technical solutions for economic extraction of lithium from geothermal brines.

Whether you’re actively participating in the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize or looking for new opportunities to impact the clean every economy, we highly recommend you tune in for this announcement.

Find out who moves on to the Make! Contest and learn about the latest prize competition tomorrow, March 31 at 1 p.m. ET. 

Register now for the NextGen Geo event


Who Will Become a Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Semifinalist? Find Out March 31!

March 24, 2021, 12:40 p.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

Only a week until the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the Geothermal Prize semifinalists at the NextGen Geo event. During this time, DOE leadership will announce up to 10 semifinalist teams that will split a $1 million cash prize and $750,000 in technical support vouchers. These teams will then be eligible to compete in the Make! Contest. 

The NextGen Geo event will feature additional announcements, including details about a new prize aimed at developing technical solutions for economic extraction of lithium from geothermal brines. Industry guest speakers will join to talk about advancements in geothermal technology and workforce development opportunities. Guest speakers include: 

  • Jamie Beard: Executive Director, The Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Alexander Grant: Principal, Jade Cove Partners
  • Tim Latimer: CEO, Fervo Energy

The event will conclude with a networking session where you’ll get to connect with other industry professionals and entrepreneurs. 

The Geothermal Prize administrators invite all prize participants and others interested in learning about opportunities in the clean energy industry to join the NextGen Geo event on March 31 at 1 p.m. ET. RSVP now to claim your spot for this exciting event!


Register Now for the NextGen Geo Event

March 18, 2021, 9:06 a.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

Have you registered for the NextGen Geo Event on March 31? During this event, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) leadership will announce the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize semifinalists who will split a $1 million cash prize pool and continue on to the Make! Contest. 

Additionally, the event will feature several industry thought leaders who will speak about opportunities for geothermal workforce development. Plus, there will be a networking session for those in the geothermal industry and beyond.

During the NextGen Geo event, DOE leadership will also unveil a new prize competition aimed at developing technical solutions for economic extraction of lithium from geothermal brines in the Salton Sea. Whether you’re actively participating in the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize or looking for new opportunities to impact the clean every economy, we highly recommend you tune in for this announcement. 

Register now for the NextGen Geo event!


You’re Invited: NextGen Geo Event and Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Semifinalist Announcement

March 12, 2021, 8 a.m. PST by Jackie Petre

On Wednesday, March 31, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will announce the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize semifinalists as part of the virtual NextGen Geo event. Up to 10 teams will be selected as semifinalists, splitting a $1 million cash prize pool and moving on to compete in the Make! Contest. All participating teams in the Set! Contest are invited to attend the NextGen Geo event to hear the announcement, learn about a new prize opportunity, and attend an industry networking session.

About the NextGen Geo Event

The United States is now charting a course towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, millions of good-paying union jobs in a green economy, and the guarantee that every American worker and community can find prosperity in the clean energy revolution. In this new vision, geothermal has become a more desirable energy source than ever before. The geothermal community is seeking new leaders from diverse fields to help geothermal energy fulfill its role in revitalizing the U.S. energy and manufacturing sectors, support a more skilled workforce, and mitigate climate change. From engineers to entrepreneurs, the geothermal community wants to include you as we craft the future through geothermal technology development. 

The Energy Department and National Renewable Energy Laboratory invite STEM-focused innovators and climate change champions to join the NextGen Geo Virtual Event on March 31, from 1-3:30 p.m. ET, to hear clean energy thought leaders speak about opportunities in the geothermal workforce and new ways to get involved in the geothermal community. 

Alongside guest speakers, DOE leadership will announce a prize competition aimed at developing technical solutions for economic extraction of lithium from geothermal brines, as well as finalists in the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition and semifinalists in the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize. Lastly, the NextGen Geo event will conclude with a networking event and student career panel.

Find out who moves on to the Make! Contest and learn about the latest prize competition on March 31. Register now for the NextGen Geo event!


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