American-Made Challenges

 15,701

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

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

If you want to receive updates on the prize or have any questions, please subscribe by using the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at

 

Timeline
Updates 21

Challenge Updates

Stream Now: Set! Contest 101 Webinar

Oct. 27, 2020, 11 a.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

If you missed this week’s Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Set! Contest 101 Webinar, you can stream the recording now. Hear the prize administrators from the U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory review the Set! Contest requirements, eligibility, and more.

Watch the recording here

Please read the rules for official guidance on competing in the Set! Contest. 

Remember, you are still eligible to compete in the Geothermal Prize even if you are new to the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize or you submitted an idea to the Ready! Contest and were not selected as a winner. We highly encourage you to advance your innovation by competing in the Set! Contest.

The Set! Contest is open until Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Good luck, innovators!


Geothermal Student Design Competition

Oct. 26, 2020, 2 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Do you know a college student who is interested in geothermal? The US Department of Energy and NREL are challenging students to design a compelling infographic and outreach strategy to increase awareness of geothermal as a valuable clean energy resource through the Geothermal Design Challenge. Sound interesting? Here’s some upcoming next steps:

Monday, November 2, 3:30 P.M. ET – Informational Webinar

Join the NREL competition team for an overview of the Geothermal Design Challenge, tips and tricks for submitting, and upcoming deadlines. We encourage any faculty supporting student teams and students who are interested in competing in the challenge to attend. Register for the webinar.

Thursday, November 5, 5:00 P.M. ET – Registration Deadline

Ready to dig in, drill down, and compete in the Geothermal Design Challenge? Register your team for the Geothermal Design Challenge by November 5, 5:00 P.M. ET to compete.

A picture containing logo

Description automatically generated

Today: Set! Contest 101 Webinar

Oct. 26, 2020, 5 a.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

Don’t forget about the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize: Set! Contest 101 webinar happening today, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. ET. During today’s webinar, Geothermal Prize organizers will review rules and goals for the Set! Contest, including what you need to accomplish between now and the submission due date.

As a reminder, the Set! Contest is open to anyone who has a solution that addresses geothermal manufacturing challenges. During this phase, competitors must develop their design and build a team. Up to 10 winners will be selected to move on to the Make! Contest and split a $1 million cash prize. 

Whether you are new to the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize or you submitted an idea to the Ready! Contest and were not selected as a winner, you are still encouraged to advance your innovation by competing in the Set! Contest.

If you’re interested in competing in the Geothermal Prize Set! Contest, tune into the Set! Contest 101 webinar today at 1 p.m. ET! Register here.


Register for the Set! Contest 101 Webinar!

Oct. 22, 2020, 8 a.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

Have you registered for the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize: Set! Contest 101 webinar next week? If not, now is your chance to RSVP! 

The webinar will take place on Oct. 26 from 1-2 p.m. ET. During this webinar, Geothermal Prize organizers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy will review rules and goals for the Set! Contest, including what you need to accomplish between now and the Feb. 17, 2021, submission due date.

The Set! Contest is open to anyone who has a solution that addresses geothermal manufacturing challenges. During this phase, competitors must develop their design and build a team. Up to 10 winners will be selected to move on to the Make! Contest and split a $1 million cash prize. 

Whether you are new to the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize or you submitted an idea to the Ready! Contest and were not selected as a winner, you are still encouraged to advance your innovation by competing in the Set! Contest.

Interested in learning more about how you can get started in the Geothermal Prize Set! Contest? Register now for the webinar and tune in on Oct. 26!

PS—Want to see the recorded announcement of the Ready! Contest winners from the Geothermal Resources Council Summit 2020? Watch here.


The Set! Contest is Now Open to All Innovators

Oct. 19, 2020, 4:50 p.m. PDT by Jackie Petre

On Sunday, Oct. 18, Daniel R. Simmons, assistant secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, announced the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Ready! winners. The announcement took place at the Geothermal Resources Council 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting and Expo. 

The 15 winners split a prize of $500,000, each receiving over $33,000 in cash. The winners will now advance to the Set! Contest, where they will develop a design and build a team as they compete for a $1 million prize pool. 

The Set! Contest is open to both winners and new competitors! Even if you submitted an idea to the Ready! Contest and were not selected, or are entirely new to the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize, you still have a chance to compete for cash prizes. 

The next phase of competition asks competitors to develop a design and build your team, and is open to all innovators. We encourage you to read the rules and attend the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize: Set! Contest 101 webinar on Monday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. ET.  

Congratulations, Ready! winners, and good luck to all in the Set! Contest! 


Forum 19
Community 361
Entries
Resources
FAQ