American-Made Challenges

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

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

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. 

The Geothermal Prize is a series of four progressive competitions that harness the rapid advances that additive manufacturing can provide in tool design, fabrication, and functionality. It incentivizes innovators and entrepreneurs to discover new advanced manufacturing solutions. This rapid, scalable approach to prototype development not only provides cash prizes, but also engages America’s unique innovation ecosystem to help participants achieve their goals.


Challenge Timeline

Jan. 29, 2020, 7:25 a.m. PST
Date Launched
Jan. 29, 2020, 9 a.m. PST
Prize Announced
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March 31, 2020, 12:17 a.m. PDT
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April 20, 2020, 10:59 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Ready! Contest open for submissions
July 20, 2020, 11 a.m. PDT
Submission Deadline
Anticipated Ready! Contest submission deadline
Sept. 30, 2020, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Ready! Contest winners announced
Oct. 14, 2020, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Set! contest open for submissions
Jan. 26, 2021, 11 a.m. PST
Anticipated Set! contest submission deadline
March 25, 2021, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Set! winners announced
March 26, 2021, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Make! contest open for submissions
Oct. 14, 2021, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Make! contest submission deadline
Dec. 16, 2021, 11 a.m. PST
Anticipated Make! contest winners announced
Dec. 20, 2021, 11 a.m. PST
Anticipated Geo! contest open for submissions
April 20, 2022, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Geo! contest submission deadline
May 26, 2022, 11 a.m. PDT
Anticipated Geo! contest winners announced
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