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Heliostat Prize

The American-Made Heliostat Prize is a 3-contest challenge designed to accelerate technology innovation of selected heliostat components.

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prize:
$3,000,000

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Overview

New energy technologies are reshaping the national and global energy landscape. Increased deployment of solar technology will require flexible and dispatchable generation and energy storage technologies, like concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) with thermal energy storage, to ensure reliability of the grid. Achieving these targets will depend heavily on reducing the cost of heliostats – which track the sun and reflect light, concentrating it on a receiver – to $50/m2, while improving technical performance, from an existing baseline of approximately $96-$127/m2. 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is seeking to reduce the cost of heliostats, in this prize, by specifically focusing on reducing the cost, or validating the performance of novel components. This prize is designed to accelerate heliostat component technology innovation through the design, development, demonstration, and eventual commercialization of selected heliostat components.

 

 

 


Guidelines

Please review the Official Rules for the complete application process and instructions for competing. The rules document can be downloaded by following this link or by visiting the 'Resources' tab on our HeroX page. 

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Semifinalists Announced

Nov. 16, 2023, 10:45 a.m. PST by Patrick Hayes

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced nine semifinalists for the American-Made Heliostat Prize. The semifinalists are:

  • Heliogen
  • Idealab-SwRI CSP Innovators
  • KVA Technologies
  • Low-Profile Disc Tracker Genesis
  • Mark Ayres Engineering
  • Multiscale Systems
  • Quantum Optics Applied Research
  • Solar Dynamics
  • Stellenergy

Learn more about the semifinalists and their projects here. Congratulations to the selectees and thank you to all the teams who submitted proposals in the competitive process! We look forward to sharing more information about the next phase of the competition soon.


Seminfinalist selection

Nov. 9, 2023, 7:55 a.m. PST by Patrick Hayes

Thank you for your patience as we work to finalize semifinalist selections for the American-Made Heliostat Prize. We are still working behind the scenes on final approvals and will release that information as soon as possible. 


Phase 1 Deadline is TOMORROW!!

Aug. 30, 2023, 11:17 a.m. PDT by Patrick Hayes

The submission deadline for Phase 1 of the American-Made Heliostat Prize is TOMORROW -- August 31, 2023. As a reminder, several resources are available on the HeroX page to help teams finalize their submissions, including a contest submission template, the rules document, key dates, a recording of a webinar from the Heliostat Prize team, and a forum where questions can be asked, are all available on the competition’s HeroX page. Questions can also be emailed to


Phase 1 Deadline Approaching August 31!

Aug. 23, 2023, 9:10 a.m. PDT by Patrick Hayes

The submission deadline for Phase 1 of the American-Made Heliostat Prize is August 31. Several resources are available on the HeroX page to help teams finalize their submissions, including a contest submission template, the rules document, key dates, a recording of a webinar from the Heliostat Prize team, and a forum where questions can be asked, are all available on the competition’s HeroX page. Questions can also be emailed to


Heliostat Prize Webinar on June 15

June 13, 2023, 12:08 p.m. PDT by Patrick Hayes

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy's American-Made Heliostat Prize during an informational webinar at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 15. Prize representatives will be available to discuss the program, timeline, and answer questions. We will also share a recording of the webinar on the HeroX page afterward for those who are unable to attend.

Register online: https://nrel.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcO6rrToiHxZ0kQSzWKz_KB8p-z9ykeg


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