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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.

If you want to receive updates on the prize or have any questions, please subscribe by using the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at

 

Timeline

Challenge Timeline

start
Jan. 29, 2020, 7:25 a.m. PST
Date Launched
Jan. 29, 2020, 9 a.m. PST
Prize Announced
Follow the challenges and keep up to date with announcements and updates
April 29, 2020, 7 a.m. PDT
Enter
Ready! Contest open for submissions
Aug. 26, 2020, 2 p.m. PDT
Submission Deadline
Ready! Contest submission deadline
Aug. 26, 2020, 2:01 p.m. PDT
Judging
Sept. 18, 2020, 3 a.m. PDT
Judging Closed
Oct. 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m. PDT
Ready! Contest winners announced
Oct. 18, 2020, 7 p.m. PDT
Enter
Set! contest open for submissions
Jan. 27, 2021, 12:12 p.m. PST
You are here
Feb. 17, 2021, 2 p.m. PST
Submission Deadline
April 14, 2021, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Set! winners announced
April 14, 2021, noon PDT
Anticipated Make! contest open for submissions
Nov. 19, 2021, 11 a.m. PST
Anticipated Make! contest submission deadline
Jan. 14, 2022, 11 a.m. PST
Anticipated Make! contest winners announced
Jan. 14, 2022, noon PST
Anticipated Geo! contest open for submissions
May 13, 2022, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Geo! contest submission deadline
finish
July 22, 2022, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Geo! contest winners announced
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Challenge Updates

Meet the Quarterfinalists: Team Hypersciences

Jan. 26, 2021, 9:07 a.m. PST by Jackie Petre

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize quarterfinalist Team Hypersciences from Spokane, WA, is developing additive manufacturing case-while-drilling (CWD) geothermal wells with hypersonic impact auger drill and continuous 3D monobore concrete printed casing. The team is made up of a dozen experts with a wide range of expertise, including aeronautical engineering, consulting, geology, rocketry, and more. 

Want to learn more about Team Hypersciences and their technology? Check out their Ready! submission for more details on their hyper-drilled and 3D-printed concrete CWD geothermal wells. 

Team Hypersciences 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 Multiscale Systems

Jan. 25, 2021, 1 p.m. PST by Jackie Petre

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize quarterfinalist Team Multiscale Systems from Worcester, MA, is using additively manufactured mechanical metamaterials as a technology for improving enhanced geothermal system (EGS) equipment survivability in the downhole environment. The team is made up of several experts with experience in physics, metal additive manufacturing, communications, and more. 

Want to learn more about Team Multiple Systems and their technology? Check out their Ready! submission for more details on their additively manufactured mechanical metamaterials. 

Team Multiscale Systems 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. 


Reminder: Set! Contest Voucher Resources Available

Jan. 25, 2021, 11:19 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

Hi Competitors, 

A friendly reminder that 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!


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. 


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