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MAKE IT Prize Facilities Track

Catalyzing domestic manufacturing of critical clean energy technology components.

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Summary

Overview

The Manufacture of Advanced Key Energy Infrastructure Technologies (MAKE IT) Prize aims to catalyze domestic manufacturing of critical clean energy technology components, moving manufacturing facilities from planning to shovel-ready and enabling strategies for vibrant manufacturing activities in communities. This prize, developed by the Office of Technology Transitions in partnership with the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has a prize pool of approximately $30 million spread across two tracks: Facilities and Strategies. 

The Facilities Track accelerates clean energy technology manufacturing plant development and helps support establishing a robust, secure domestic supply chain for components deemed critical for the commercialization of clean energy technologies. This track invites U.S.-based entities with demonstrated commitment and capabilities in domestic manufacturing to complete and submit the work necessary for a shovel-ready manufacturing facility for specific clean energy technology components, including components related to hydrogen, the electric grid, long-duration energy storage, and carbon capture.  

This page outlines the eligibility and track structure for the Facilities Track. More information on the Facilities Track and instructions for competing can be found in the official rules document

For information on the Strategies Track, where competitors work to attract manufacturing to their regions, please visit the Strategies Track HeroX page.

 

Competitor Eligibility

U.S.-based entities interested in establishing a manufacturing plant for an eligible clean energy technology may submit a statement of intent for the Facilities Track. Eligible components include:

  • Manufacturing and/or recycling of components for production, processing, delivery, and storage, of clean hydrogen and/or hydrogen fuel cells:
    • Facilities to extract and process raw materials for electrolyzer and hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing
    • Precision manufactured subcomponents for electrolyzers and fuel cells and facilities for electrolyzer and fuel cell assembly
    • Optimized balance-of-plant components for electrolyzers
    • Production capacity for hydrogen-specific infrastructure.
  • Manufacturing of components related to electric grid upgrades and long-duration energy storage:
    • Components for distribution and large power transformers
    • Components for high-voltage direct current transmission
    • Manufacturing and assembly of long-duration energy storage components and systems.
  • Manufacturing of components related to carbon capture and storage:
    • Carbon capture solvent, sorbent, and membrane recovery facilities.

More information on competitor eligibility and the eligible components can be found in the official rules document

 

Track Structure

The Facilities Track includes submission of a statement of intent and two phases.

  • Statement of Intent: Competitors submit a letter of intent describing their team and the clean energy technology to be manufactured. Competitors will be notified if their statement is deemed eligible to compete in Phase 1: Scope. 
  • Phase 1: Scope: Competitors submit a plan to establish a manufacturing facility for their identified clean energy technology. Approximately 12 winners will be awarded $500,000 each and will advance to the Phase 2: Shovel-Ready.
  • Phase 2: Shovel-Ready: Competitors will demonstrate they are “shovel-ready” for the construction of a manufacturing facility including control of a site, permits, financing, and proof of community engagement. Up to four winners will be awarded $4.5 million each.

There are two opportunities to compete in the Facilities Track: through the Primary Timeline or the Secondary Timeline. Competitors who submit a statement of intent that is deemed eligible during the Primary Timeline may submit subsequent materials by either the Primary or Secondary Timeline deadlines, but are encouraged to submit as soon as they are ready, as a limited number of prizes are available and the competition will close once all funds are awarded.

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More information can be found in the official rules document.

 

Upcoming Dates

Key Dates (estimated, subject to change)

 Primary timelineSecondary timeline
Informational webinarAug. 15, 2023TBD
Statement of Intent Deadline

0ct 18, 2023

Feb 1, 2024

Phase 1: Scope deadline

Feb 1, 2024

May 1, 2024

Phase 2: Shovel-Ready 

First Opportunity to Submit

August 2024

Phase 2: Shovel-Ready 

Second Opportunity to Submit

November 2024

Phase 2: Shovel-Ready 

Third Opportunity to Submit

February 2025

Phase 2: Shovel-Ready 

Fourth Opportunity to Submit

May 2025

 

All Dates (estimated, subject to change)

  • Informational Webinar #1: August 15, 2023
  • Statement of Intent Primary Deadline: October 18, 2023
  • Statement of Intent Primary Decision Notification (anticipated): November 2023
  • Phase 1: Scope Submission Primary Deadline: February 1, 2024
  • Statement of Intent Secondary Deadline: February 1, 2024
  • Statement of Intent Secondary Decision Notification (anticipated): February 2024
  • Phase 1: Scope Primary Winner Announcement: Approximately 60 days after deadline
  • Phase 1: Scope Submission Secondary Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Phase 1: Scope Secondary Winner Announcement: Approximately 60 days after deadline

 

  • Phase 2: Shovel-Ready First Opportunity to Submit Deadline: Approximately August 2024
  • Phase 2: Shovel-Ready Second Opportunity to Submit Deadline: Approximately November 2024
  • Phase 2: Shovel-Ready Third Opportunity to Submit Deadline: Approximately February 2025
  • Phase 2: Shovel-Ready Fourth Opportunity to Submit Deadline: Approximately May 2025

 

Informational Webinar

The MAKE IT Prize Facilities Track informational webinar recording gives an overview of the Facilities Track and its phases, timelines, and submission requirements. Watch the webinar recording to learn more

 

Challenge Guidelines

The official rules document contains the complete application process and instructions for competing.

Follow the challenge page to receive the latest updates. For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at .


 

 


Guidelines

Please review the official rules for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

Follow the challenge page to receive the latest updates. For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at .

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Challenge Updates

Secondary Timeline Statement of Intent Notifications Sent

Feb. 23, 2024, 11:05 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

Congratulations to the teams that have been determined to be eligible from the secondary Statement of Intent deadline. These teams will be able to compete in Phase 1: Scope for $500,000, which is now open to secondary timeline competitors. The Phase 1 secondary deadline is May 1. 

All captains from teams that submitted to the Secondary Statement of Intent are being notified of the status of their Statement of Intent, with comments about their submissions.  

Please note: Phase 1 Primary Timeline winners will be announced in April.  

For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or email us directly at MAKEITprize@nrel.gov


Statement of Intent Submissions Due Feb. 1

Jan. 30, 2024, 7:17 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

Hello, MAKE IT Prize followers! 

The final deadline to submit a statement of intent for the MAKE IT Prize Facilities Track is coming up! Help catalyze domestic manufacturing of critical clean energy components so we can meet U.S. decarbonization goals and maximize the associated benefits. 

Learn more and submit to compete in the MAKE IT Prize’s Facilities Track by 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 1, 2024.   

 

Challenge Guidelines 

The official rules document contains the complete application process and instructions for competing. 

 

Follow the challenge page to receive the latest updates. For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at MAKEITprize@nrel.gov


Facilities Track Phase 1 Deadline is 2 Weeks Away

Jan. 18, 2024, 9:15 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

The Manufacture of Advanced Key Energy Infrastructure Technology (MAKE IT) Prize Facilities Track Phase 1 deadline is Feb. 1, 2024, at 5 p.m. EST. To check you’re ready to submit, read the official rules document and watch the informational webinar recording from December 2023.  

For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at MAKEITprize@nrel.gov


Don’t Miss Your Chance to Apply to the MAKE IT Prize!

Jan. 16, 2024, 7:12 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

Still considering whether to apply to the MAKE IT Prize? You still have 15 days to apply for the Facilities Track and 30 days to apply for the Strategies Track.  

Winners of the Facilities Track will receive up to $5 million each to fast-track clean energy manufacturing in their communities. Apply by 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 1, 2024. Watch the recording of the Facilities Track informational webinar to learn more about this track and how to apply. 

Winners of the Strategies Track will receive up to $400,000 to create a roadmap for bringing clean energy manufacturing to their region. Apply by 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2024. Watch the recording of the Strategies Track informational webinar to learn more about this track and how to apply. 

Learn how the MAKE IT Prize is boosting U.S. clean energy manufacturing and helping ensure its benefits are delivered equitably. 


Facilities Track Phase 1 Deadline - Feb. 1

Jan. 12, 2024, 8:14 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

The Manufacture of Advanced Key Energy Infrastructure Technology (MAKE IT) Prize Facilities Track Phase 1 deadline is less than 1 month away. Make sure you read the official rules document and watch the recording of our informational webinar.  

For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at MAKEITprize@nrel.gov


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