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Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

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


 

Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

Please review the official rules  for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

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Timeline
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Challenge Updates

Last Chance to Impact Geothermal—Set! Submissions Due Tomorrow

Feb. 16, 2021, 8 a.m. PST by Jackie Petre

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Set! submissions are due tomorrow, Feb. 17, by 5 p.m. ET. If you haven’t already submitted your entry, we highly recommend doing so now to avoid potential internet issues and slow upload speeds. 

As a reminder, here’s what you need to include in your Set! submission: 

  • Up to 120-second video (to be made public, not scored)
  • Cover page content (to be made public, not scored)
  • One PowerPoint slide (to be made public, not scored)
  • Voucher work slide (to be made public, not scored)
  • Technical narrative about the problem, innovation, team, and plan (not public, scored)
  • Letters of commitment or support (optional).

Up to 10 semifinalists will be selected to split a $1 million cash prize pool. Additionally, each winning team will earn $75,000 in support vouchers to be used at national labs and partner facilities. 

Please carefully review the rules before submitting. You can use the Set! cover page and technical narrative template found on HeroX. 

If you have any questions ahead of the Set! submission deadline or if you experience technical difficulties when uploading your submission, please reach out to . If you experience technical difficulties when submitting and do not reach out until after the deadline, your entry will not be accepted. 

Good luck!


Don’t Forget: Set! Submissions Due in One Week

Feb. 10, 2021, 10:36 a.m. PST by Jackie Petre

The Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Set! Contest submissions are due Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. ET. We highly recommend uploading your submission ahead of time to avoid potential internet issues and slow upload speeds. 

The Set! Contest is open to quarterfinalists and new competitors. This means that even if you submitted an idea to the Ready! Contest but were not selected as a quarterfinalist, you are encouraged to submit an improved design to the Set! Contest using the feedback received from judges. 

Up to 10 semifinalists will be selected to split a $1 million cash prize pool. Additionally, each winning team will earn $75,000 in support vouchers to be used at national labs and partner facilities. 

Here’s what is required in your submission: 

  • Up to 120-second video (to be made public, not scored)
  • Cover page content (to be made public, not scored)
  • One PowerPoint slide (to be made public, not scored)
  • Voucher work slide (to be made public, not scored)
  • Technical narrative about the problem, innovation, team, and plan (not public, scored)
  • Letters of commitment or support (optional).

Please carefully review the rules before submitting. You can use the Set! cover page and technical narrative template found on HeroX. 

If you have any questions ahead of the Set! submission deadline, please reach out to . Good luck!


Geothermal Collegiate Competition

Feb. 9, 2021, 7:53 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

Do you know a college student interested in geothermal? Have them check out the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition. Cash prizes are available to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams that design direct-use concepts leveraging geothermal to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts, or entire communities. 

Visit the competition page for more information and to sign a team up today: https://www.herox.com/GeothermalCollegiateCompetitionSpring2021


Meet the Quarterfinalists: Team Ozark Integrated Circuits

Feb. 8, 2021, 9:49 a.m. PST by Jackie Petre

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize quarterfinalist Team Ozark Integrated Circuits from Fayetteville, AR, is bringing processing power to the edge in extreme environments such as enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) via additive manufacturing of high-temperature electronics circuits. The team is made up of several experts with a wide range of expertise, including product development, geology, electrical engineering, and more.

Want to learn more about Team Ozark Integrated Circuits and their technology? Check out their Ready! submission for more details on how they’re using additive manufacturing to rapidly deploy new sensors into EGS. 

Team Ozark Integrated Circuits 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 Ultra High Temperature Logging Tool

Feb. 5, 2021, 10:05 a.m. PST by Jackie Petre

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize quarterfinalist Team Ultra High Temperature Logging Tool from Houston, TX, is creating an ultra-high-temperature logging tool for the geothermal industry using additive manufacturing at the core of the design. The team is made up of several experts with a wide range of expertise, including engineering physics, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and more.

Want to learn more about Team Ultra High Temperature Logging Tool and their technology? Check out their Ready! submission for more details on their ultra-high-temperature logging tool. 

Team Ultra High Temperature Logging Tool 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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