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CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize

Conductivity-enhanced materials for Affordable, Breakthrough Leapfrog Electric applications (CABLE) Prize for materials inventors
stage:
Judging Closed
prize:
$4,500,000
Overview

Challenge Overview

Conductive materials are fundamental to nearly all energy use applications. Developing manufacturing processes for conductivity-enhanced materials in motors, generators, and renewable power technologies could lower costs and climate impacts while improving performance.

The competition aims to unite a diverse collection of researchers and inventors to develop transformative, cost-effective approaches and technologies to accelerate American entrepreneurship and pinpoint pathways for further research and development funding and technology transition efforts.

The Conductivity-enhanced materials for Affordable, Breakthrough Leapfrog Electric and thermal applications (CABLE) Conductor Manufacturing Prize aims to help supercharge our U.S. energy and manufacturing industries. Competitors must demonstrate significant enhancements in conductivity and design affordable conductors that enable U.S. manufacturers to leapfrog to next-generation materials.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) is launching the CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize to encourage such breakthrough conductivity-enhanced materials. Up to 4 Grand Prize winners will be selected in this three-stage, three-year contest.

CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Stage Overview

 

Stage 1:

Competitors will submit their breakthrough concepts to develop and manufacture a new, affordable, conductivity-enhanced material useable for electrical or thermal applications. This stage of the prize will inform DOE about the minimum-conductivity enhancement and other property standards, as well as the types of support that competitors will likely need from DOE national laboratories or other American-Made Challenges Network providers in the next two stages of the prize. Up to 10 winners each will receive $25,000 in cash awards and a stipend for third-party testing of their material in Stage 2 of the prize. DOE invites all registered prize competitors to the upcoming CABLE Big Idea workshop during Stage 1. Prize competitors are encouraged to connect with the rest of the CABLE Big Idea innovation ecosystem.

 

Stage 2:

Competitors will provide a sample of their material for electrical conductivity testing according to prize requirements. Competitors will also provide preliminary plans to scale-up and manufacture the material. Up to 6 competitors each will win $200,000 in cash awards and $100,000 in noncash voucher support to work with a DOE national laboratory or other American-Made Challenges Network provider in Stage 3.

 

Stage 3:

Competitors successful in Stage 2 will develop a larger sample of their conductivity-enhanced material. Competitors also must provide substantial background information on how the sample was made and plans to commercialize the material. At least two testing organizations will evaluate each material sample for conductivity and other characteristics. Scores will be based, in part, on the conductivity enhancement (size and extent of breakthrough), other important material characteristics, and leapfrog manufacturability and affordability. Up to 4 competitors will split a total prize pool of at least $2,000,000.

 

You can review the official rules here

 

Timeline
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Challenge Updates

Stage 1 Submissions Due Tomorrow by 5 p.m. ET!

Aug. 18, 2021, 8 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Dear CABLE Prize Stage 1 Competitors,

 

This is a quick reminder to please submit your concepts by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow, August 19

 

Please review the official rules document for full details about the submission package.

We strongly encourage that you upload your submissions well ahead of the 5 p.m. ET deadline so that you don't have any last-minute technical difficulties. If you run into any technical difficulties or have any questions, please email us at cableprize@nrel.gov before the deadline. 

We look forward to receiving your breakthrough concepts!

Thank you, 

The CABLE Prize Administration Team


The CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Phase 1 submission deadline is only 1 week away!

Aug. 12, 2021, 2:43 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hi, Innovators—

 

We know you’re hard at work putting the final touches on your CABLE Prize submissions. Remember, the submission deadline is Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. EDT and we’ll need to see your Cover Page, 90-Second Video, Overview Slide, Technical Narrative, Letters of Commitment or Support, and Diversity and Inclusion Plan for this submission.

 

Post any questions you have on the CABLE Prize forum, or email us at .

 

We can’t wait to see your ideas!

 

- The CABLE Prize Administration Team


Attention Competitors: The Stage 1 Submission Deadline is Extended to August 19!

Aug. 3, 2021, 1:26 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hello CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Competitors!

The CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Stage 1 submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, August 19, 2021 5 P.M. ET.

The submission deadline has been updated in the Official Prize Rules Document, which is available here and on the American-Made Challenges website.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us on the forum. 

Thank you,

The CABLE Prize Administrative Team 


Reminder: Stage 1 Submissions Due Tomorrow by 5 p.m. ET!

Aug. 2, 2021, 8:31 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hello CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Community,

We hope the final touches on your Stage 1 submission package are coming along! Review the modified official rules document for full details on what to submit. 

We strongly encourage that you upload your submissions well ahead of the 5 p.m. ET deadline so that you don't have any last-minute technical difficulties. If you run into any technical difficulties or have any questions, please email us at cableprize@nrel.gov before the deadline. 

We look forward to receiving your breakthrough concepts!

Please let us know if you have any questions.

- The CABLE Prize Administrative Team


Reminder: One Week Left to Submit Your Breakthrough Concepts!

July 27, 2021, 11:02 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hello CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Competitors!

We know you’ve been hard at work preparing your Stage 1 submission package. Please be sure to submit your concepts by 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 3. Review the modified official rules document for full details on what to submit.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions.

- The CABLE Prize Administrative Team


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