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Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

Catalyze geothermal manufacturing innovation by harnessing the rapid advances in additive manufacturing.
stage:
Judging Closed
prize:
$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

TODAY: Upload Your Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Submission

Aug. 26, 2020, 8 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

 

Today’s the day! Submissions for the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize are due no later than 5 p.m. ET TODAY. The prize administrators highly recommend uploading your submission several hours before the cutoff time to ensure technical difficulties or slow load times don’t prevent you from competing. 

As a final reminder, here’s what you need to upload today with your submission: 

  • Up to 90-second video (public)
  • Cover page content (public)
  • One PowerPoint slide (public)
  • Technical assistance request (public)
  • Technical narrative about the problem, innovation, team, and plan (not public)
  • Letters of commitment or support (optional).

If you experience technical difficulties while uploading, please immediately. For all other questions, please see the official rules. Don’t forget to mention any Network members who helped you with your submission!

This is your last chance to submit your geothermal manufacturing solution for the chance to win up to $50,000. Don’t miss out! Upload your submission to the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize today by 5 p.m. ET!

Good luck—we can’t wait to see all your innovative ideas!


Submissions Due This Week!

Aug. 24, 2020, 8 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Only two days left to get your Geothermal Manufacturing Prize submissions uploaded to HeroX! We strongly encourage you to finish up your submission before the deadline ends—there’s still time for you to submit your one-of-a-kind idea.

Don’t forget to include these key parts of your submission: 

  • Up to 90-second video (public)
  • Cover page content (public)
  • One PowerPoint slide (public)
  • Technical assistance request (public)
  • Technical narrative about the problem, innovation, team, and plan (not public)
  • Letters of commitment or support (optional).

The prize administrators recommend reviewing the rules prior to uploading your submission. If you have questions regarding the submission process, please . Time is ticking as the deadline is fast approaching, so upload your documents as soon as possible!

Looking for additional help? There are several resources you can check out on HeroX, as well as the forum.

Don’t wait until the last minute to upload your submission. We recommend turning in your documents as early as possible to avoid technical difficulties and ensure they are submitted in time. Remember, you must upload your Geothermal Prize submission by Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. ET.

Good luck!


Don’t Forget—Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Submissions Due Next Week

Aug. 20, 2020, 10:10 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

 

 

The Geothermal Manufacturing Prize submission due date is just a few days away! If you haven’t already started your submission, we highly recommend starting it now. 

As a reminder, here’s what you need to complete for a successful submission: 

  • Up to 90-second video (public)
  • Cover page content (public)
  • One PowerPoint slide (public)
  • Technical assistance request (public)
  • Technical narrative about the problem, innovation, team, and plan (not public)
  • Letters of commitment or support (optional).

The prize administrators recommend reviewing the rules prior to uploading your submission. If you have questions regarding the submission process, please . And don’t wait until the last minute to get your submission in—start uploading your documents as soon as possible!

Looking for additional help? There are several resources you can check out on HeroX, as well as the forum. Additionally, one of the Geothermal Prize Power Connectors, the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, is available for submission support. If you would like to work with the experts at the Scott Institute on your submission, please

If you want to win cash prizes for having a creative idea that solves geothermal challenges, this is your opportunity to earn up to $50,000. Don’t miss out—upload your Geothermal Manufacturing Prize submission by Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. ET!

 


Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University Available for Submission Support

Aug. 6, 2020, 3:13 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Collaborative Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Innovation and Teaming Session this week! The prize administrators heard some excellent discussion and saw collaboration between a variety of industry professionals. 

As the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize submission deadline—Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. ET—draws nearer, the prize administrators have seen innovators looking for assistance on their Ready! Contest submission. We are excited to share that as a Power Connector, the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is available to provide submission support for all potential Geothermal Prize participants. 

You can expect to receive general feedback on ways to improve your technical narrative and other submission elements. The Scott Institute is offering support in the following ways: 

  • Review question narrative responses
  • Articulate technical concepts and ideas 
  • Connect you with Network members who can discuss partnership
  • Critique your project messaging and goals
  • Provide feedback on your 90-second video.

Teams will also be able to ask questions about the prize and get advice on next steps for your innovation. If you would like to work with the experts at the Scott Institute on your Geothermal Prize Ready! submission, please

Don’t forget—the deadline to compete in the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize is Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. ET!


Happening Tomorrow: Collaborative Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Innovation and Teaming Session

Aug. 4, 2020, 7:58 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

 

It’s not too late to put together a team for the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize! Join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for a Collaborative Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Innovation and Teaming Session tomorrow, Aug. 5, at 12 p.m. ET.

Come prepared to discuss your idea for the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize in this open networking session. Interact with others who are working in the geothermal and additive manufacturing spaces, find teammates, and get submission support from experts in the American-Made Network, including: 

Geothermal Prize administrators from DOE and NREL will also be in attendance and available to answer any last-minute questions you might have before the Aug. 26 submission deadline. 

Register here for the Collaborative Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Innovation and Teaming Session!


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