American-Made Challenges


Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

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

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.



Challenge Timeline

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
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
Sept. 18, 2020, 3 a.m. PDT
Judging Closed
Sept. 26, 2020, 6:01 a.m. PDT
You are here
Nov. 4, 2020, 11 a.m. PST
Anticipated Ready! Contest winners announced
Nov. 4, 2020, noon PST
Anticipated Set! contest open for submissions
March 19, 2021, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Set! contest submission deadline
May 14, 2021, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Set! winners announced
May 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
July 22, 2022, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Geo! contest winners announced
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