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CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize

Conductivity-enhanced materials for Affordable, Breakthrough Leapfrog Electric applications (CABLE) Prize for materials inventors
stage:
Stage 2 Informational Webinar
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 energy efficiency and other 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 affordability that enable U.S. manufacturers to leapfrog to next-generation materials.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO)launched 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 (CLOSED):

Competitors submitted their breakthrough concepts to develop and manufacture a new, affordable, conductivity-enhanced material useable for electrical or thermal applications. Ten winners each received $25,000 in cash awards and a stipend for third-party testing of their material in Stage 2 of the prize. Stage 1 of the prize helped 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. 

 

Stage 2 (Open NOW):

Competitors will provide a sample of their material for electrical conductivity testing and preliminary plans to scale-up and manufacture the material according to prize requirements. 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 (including user facilities) or other American-Made Challenges Network provider in Stage 3. Any eligible entity can compete in Stage 2 regardless of whether they were a competitor in Stage 1. 

 

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 three 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 Stage 1 official rules or the Stage 2 rules when they are ready here

 

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Timeline
Updates22

Challenge Updates

CABLE Workshop Registration Now Open - Opportunity for Stage 2 CABLE Prize Competitors

June 6, 2022, 2:41 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Dear CABLE Prize Competitors, 

We are excited to announce that the 2022 CABLE Big Idea workshop registration is now open

The 2-day workshop will be hybrid format hosted at Argonne National Lab, July 20-21. You can find more information about the workshop here.

If you are planning to participate in CABLE Prize Stage 2, we encourage you to join the workshop either virtually or in-person. During the event, CABLE Prize competitors will have the opportunity to showcase their CABLE Prize innovations and network with Voucher Service Providers as well as engage with the broader CABLE Innovation ecosystem.

Detailed information about the CABLE Prize Showcase will be sent to registrants in the coming weeks – if you are planning to attend, please complete your registration as early as possible to receive all updates. 

Please note for those seeking to attend in-person, Argonne National Labs has observed high community levels of COVID-19. While the surrounding community has these levels, masks will be required and social distancing will be observed. Additionally, vaccine and testing requirements will be in place. Please stay tuned for more details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Regards,

The CABLE Prize Administration Team


CABLE Prize Stage 2 Informational Webinar Recording Posted!

May 27, 2022, 12:51 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hi CABLE Prize Community,

Thank you for joining us for the May 17 CABLE Prize Stage 2 informational webinar! The webinar recording is now available. If you couldn’t attend the webinar or would like a refresher, watch the recording for an overview of Stage 2 submission requirements, scoring criteria, and how to link up with American-Made Network Connectors. 

The presentation from the webinar is also available. These materials can be found in the HeroX resources tab

Have questions? Share them in the public forum to gather feedback from the community and prize administrator. Or reach out to cableprize@nrel.gov

-The CABLE Prize team 


Join us TOMORROW for the CABLE Stage 2 Information Webinar!

May 16, 2022, 8 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

Hey Innovators,

Be sure to join us tomorrow, May 17, at 3 pm ET for an informational webinar that will focus on Stage 2 of the CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize! 

During the webinar, we’ll give participants an overview of submission requirements, scoring criteria, and how to link up with American-Made Network Connectors. Competitors will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Can’t make it? You’ll find the full webinar recording on the Resources page after the event, or you can always post a question to the public Forum to gather feedback from the community and prize administrator.   

Get your questions ready and register for tomorrow’s CABLE Prize Informational Webinar!

-The CABLE Prize team 

 


Join our CABLE Stage 2 Information Webinar on 5/17

April 27, 2022, 8 a.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

If you’re considering competing in Stage 2 of the CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize, join us for an informational webinar on May 17, 2022, at 3 pm ET! 

During the webinar we’ll give participants an overview of submission requirements, scoring criteria, and how to link up with American-Made Network Connectors. Competitors will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Can’t make it? You’ll find the full webinar recording on the Resources page after the event, or you can always post a question to the public Forum to gather feedback from the community and prize administrator.   

Get your questions ready and register now for the CABLE Prize Informational Webinar on May 17!

-The CABLE Prize team 


Stage 2 of the CABLE Prize is Now Open!

April 22, 2022, 2:17 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

As part of today’s American-Made Earth Day Celebration, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy and the American-Made program, we announced that Stage 2 of the CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize is now open! Applications are now being accepted for this exciting stage, which is open to any eligible entity, regardless of whether they competed in Stage 1.

All interested teams are encouraged to begin by reading the official rules document, brainstorming your ideas, and preparing your submission. Teams will be required to provide written and visual elements outlining their concept for an affordable, breakthrough material that is technically feasible to manufacture and enables impactful applications. Samples of the material and sample testing data will also be required. The CABLE Prize will pay for the testing of all competitor samples regardless of if they won Stage 1 or not. To take advantage of the free Stage 2 testing, competitors must submit a HeroX registration form no later than August 25 at 5 p.m. ET. See below for important dates. 

If you have questions, please reach out to us on the Forum, or register now for our CABLE Prize Informational Webinar on May 17 at 3 p.m. ET.

We're looking forward to learning more about your innovative ideas!

-The CABLE Prize team 

 

Important Dates

Stage 2 Opens: April 22, 2022*

Stage 2 Testing Registration Deadline: August 25, 2022

Stage 2 Sample Material Submission Deadline: October 17, 2022

Stage 2 Submission Deadline: December 1, 2022*

Stage 2 Winner Announcement: January/February 2023*

*Anticipated

 


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