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Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

Catalyze geothermal manufacturing innovation by harnessing the rapid advances in additive manufacturing.
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$4,650,000 in total prizes
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

Meet the Quarterfinalists: Team AC

Jan. 22, 2021, 8:42 a.m. PST by Jackie Petre

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize quarterfinalist Team AC from Cambridge, MA, is building a novel electrical generator to support deep drilling operations. The team is led by Edem Tsikata,  a software consultant with experience in physics.

Want to learn more about Team AC and their technology? Check out their Ready! submission for more details on how they’re capturing energy in extreme downhole conditions. 

Team AC will continue competing in the Geothermal Prize Set! Contest, where they will submit a design for their technology. The Set! Contest is open to new and current competitors through Feb. 17. 


Meet the Quarterfinalists: Team Baker Hughes

Jan. 21, 2021, 9:30 a.m. PST by Jackie Petre

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize quarterfinalist Team Baker Hughes from Houston, TX, is using additive manufacturing to create backup rings for ultra-expansion high-pressure, high-temperature packers for zonal isolation in geothermal wells. The team is made up of numerous experts with a wide range of experience, including research and development engineering, mechanical engineering, additive manufacturing, and more. 

Want to learn more about Team Baker Hughes and their technology? Check out their Ready! submission for more details on their backup rings for packers. 

Team Baker Hughes will continue competing in the Geothermal Prize Set! Contest, where they will submit a design for their technology. The Set! Contest is open to new and current competitors through Feb. 17. 


Meet the Quarterfinalists: Team Dreamer Geothermophiles

Jan. 20, 2021, 3 p.m. PST by Jackie Petre

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize quarterfinalist Team Dreamer Geothermophiles from Grand Forks, ND, is using additive manufacturing to design and fabricate a pipe interventions gadget (PIG) for the removal of scale deposition from geothermal wells. The team is made up of a dozen experts with a wide range of experience, including geophysics, geology, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, and more. 

Want to learn more about Team Dreamer Geothermophiles and their technology? Check out their Ready! submission for more details on their device to remove scale in geothermal wells through additive manufacturing. 

Team Dreamer Geothermophiles will continue competing in the Geothermal Prize Set! Contest, where they will submit a design for their technology. The Set! Contest is open to new and current competitors through Feb. 17. 


Meet the Quarterfinalists: Team Schlumberger

Jan. 20, 2021, 1:01 p.m. PST by Jackie Petre

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize quarterfinalist Team Schlumberger from Houston, TX, is developing a 3D-printed, high-strength, fiber-reinforced composite frac plug for high-temperature geothermal zonal isolation. The team is made up of several experts with experience in mechanical engineering, product line management, and materials engineering. 

Want to learn more about Team Schlumberger and their technology? Check out their Ready! submission for more details on how the 3D printed frac plug works in geothermal applications. 

Team Schlumberger will continue competing in the Geothermal Prize Set! Contest, where they will submit a design for their technology. The Set! Contest is open to new and current competitors through Feb. 17. 


Set! Contest Voucher Guidelines Now Available

Jan. 14, 2021, 8 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

Hi Competitors, 

The Geothermal Prize Set! Contest Voucher Guidelines are now available on HeroX under the Resources tab. 

Please note that competitors that did not submit to the Ready! Contest, but are planning on submitting to the Set! Contest may contact the Prize Administrator (GeothermalPrize@nrel.gov) to receive the Voucher Capabilities Menu and networking information. 

Thank you! 


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