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Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

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.


 

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Challenge Updates

Looking for inspiration for your submission?

June 2, 2020, 8:37 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hello Innovators!

Looking for inspiration for your submission? Join us for several learning sessions this Thursday at virtual NOMCON. 

Get your free ticket today: You can register for any of these sessions here.

Hope to see you there!

 


Now Available: Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Informational Webinar Recording

June 1, 2020, 8 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

 

Did you miss the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Informational Webinar on May 27? Don’t worry—watch a recording of the presentation to catch up! During the webinar, Geothermal Prize administrators gave an overview of the program, including cash prize amounts, using the Network, and program goals. 

Check out the webinar recording here and submit your idea by Aug. 26, 2020. 

 


Join us at NOMCON for a Geothermal and Additive Manufacturing Workshop - June 4th

May 28, 2020, 8:22 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hi Innovators!

We’re thrilled to invite you to join the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Nation of Makers for the 2020 Nation of Makers Conference (NOMCON) learning sessions on geothermal and additive manufacturing in support of the Energy Department’s American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize!

This year’s virtual conference will take place June 3-6. New to NOMCON this year is a focus on geothermal energy and the role additive manufacturing can play within the geothermal industry. Through several learning sessions and a teaming workshop, Nation of Makers and other industry experts will come together to discuss opportunities for growth and partnership among the geothermal and additive manufacturing communities. 

Please join the Energy Department, NREL, Nation of Makers, and other industry guests for the following sessions:

Geothermal 101: Pulling Energy from the Earth

Thursday, June 4, 2 p.m. ET

This panel will discuss how geothermal power is generated with an emphasis on how advanced manufacturing can address challenges in this sector. 

Industrial Additive Manufacturing 101: Creating Solutions from the Bottom Up
Thursday, June 4, 3 p.m. ET

This panel will discuss the latest technology in additive manufacturing with an emphasis on how it can be leveraged to lower the cost of geothermal energy production. 

Identifying Opportunities and Geothermal Prize Teaming 
Thursday, June 4, 4 p.m. ET

This workshop will connect interested innovators with experts from the geothermal and advanced manufacturing communities. Attendees will collaborate and discuss ideas for solutions to submit to the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize.

You can register for any of these sessions here. 

The Geothermal prize sessions are free of charge for anyone who would like to join. However we also encourage you to participate in the broader NOMCON virtual conference, which aims to spark and increase connections across sectors, generate robust collaborations, set a research agenda for the U.S. maker movement, and promote the growth of an inclusive maker community. Tickets to NOMCON are available here.


Join the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Informational Webinar

May 18, 2020, 12:33 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

What is the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize? How is the prize structured? Who is eligible to win money? 

These and other questions will be answered at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 27, during the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Informational Webinar. During the webinar, you’ll hear an overview of the program and important details from prize administrators at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions in a live setting. 

This is a great opportunity to ask your questions about the Geothermal Prize and learn about the program. If you can’t make the webinar, a recording will be made available afterward. 

Register here to attend the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Informational Webinar.  We hope to see you there!


Announcing the Launch of the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize!

April 29, 2020, 12:24 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

 

On April 29, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons announced the launch of the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize. During the announcement, Simmons discussed the importance of geothermal advancements to the renewable energy sector. In case you missed it, you can watch the announcement here

 

The American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize (Geothermal Prize) is a $4.65 million competition designed to spur innovation and address manufacturing challenges fundamental to operating in harsh geothermal environments. The program is now looking for innovators to submit ideas for the chance to win cash prizes and work with industry professionals across the country!

 

Through a series of four progressive contests, the Geothermal Prize will 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.

 

Interested in learning more about the Geothermal Prize? Follow the prize on HeroX and join the challenge. Submit your idea by Aug. 24, 2020, for the chance to win up to $50,000 in cash prizes!

 

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