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CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize

Conductivity-enhanced materials for Affordable, Breakthrough Leapfrog Electric applications (CABLE) Prize for materials inventors
stage:
CABLE Big Idea Workshop
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
Updates 8

Challenge Updates

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


Hello CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Competitors!

July 9, 2021, 4:41 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the June 10 Q&A Session! The presentation from the webinar is now available. We’ve also provided a list of the questions asked during the session along with written answers to those questions. All of these materials are now available under the HeroX resources tab.

We hope your breakthrough concepts are coming along and look forward to receiving your submissions by August 3 at 5pm E.T.. 

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

- The CABLE Prize Administrative Team

 


Reminder: CABLE Prize Modifications Q&A Session on June 10

June 9, 2021, 8:08 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hello CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Community,

Do you have questions about the recently extended submission deadline or modified rules? Be sure to join us on Thursday, June 10, at 4 p.m. ET for a Q&A session! During this session, we’ll discuss the new August 3 deadline, walk through the modified rules, and answer any questions. Please be sure to register for the session here

You can always review the updates in the Official Prize Rules, which are available here and on the American Made Challenges website.

We’re eager to hear from you on Thursday. See you soon!

- The CABLE Prize Administrative Team


Attention Competitors: The Stage 1 Submission Deadline is Extended!

May 28, 2021, 11:02 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hello CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Competitors!

Good news! The submission deadline for Stage 1 of the CABLE Prize has been extended to August 3. This gives you more time to form a team and submit your breakthrough concept to develop and manufacture conductivity-enhanced material. Additionally, we have clarified and revised the electrical conductivity enhancement goals for different materials. All of these changes have been updated in the Official Prize Rules, which are available here and on the American Made Challenges website

In light of these changes, the CABLE Prize administrative team will host a Q&A session on June 10 at 4 p.m. ET. During this session, we’ll discuss the extended deadline, walk through the modified rules, and answer any questions you may have. Please be sure to register for the session here

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Q&A session and receiving your submissions by August 3. Good luck!

- The CABLE Prize Administrative Team


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