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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
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Challenge Updates

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

 


Join us this Friday (4/22) at the AMC Earth Day Virtual Event for an Exciting CABLE Prize Announcement

April 19, 2022, 4:17 p.m. PDT by NREL Challenge

We’re honoring Earth Day by celebrating the innovators & entrepreneurs who are supercharging the Clean Energy revolution! Join us for the American-Made Earth Day Celebration on April 22 to learn more about how American-Made Challenges are inspiring citizens to work toward a cleaner, brighter energy future for our planet. 

We’ll be there to hear major prize announcements (including an exciting CABLE Prize announcement!), listen to key energy industry players, and network with colleagues. Join us: bit.ly/AMEarthDay


Now Available: 2021 CABLE Big Idea RDD&D Workshop Report!

Feb. 7, 2022, 5:05 p.m. PST by NREL Challenge

Workshop. The report is publicly available for download here

The workshop aimed to achieve the following goals:

  1. Build and strengthen a research ecosystem around conductivity-enhanced materials
  2. Inform the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s future portfolio on research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) investments and other program activities for conductivity-enhanced materials.

Workshop discussions focused on potential applications for conductivity-enhanced materials and
the development of different types of materials, including both metals and non-metallic materials. Participants also learned about the available resources for materials R&D at national laboratories, aswell as topics related to intellectual property.

DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office plans to host a second workshop this spring. Stay tuned for details about the 2022 CABLE Big Idea Workshop!


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