MAKE IT Prize Results


Through two distinct tracks - Facilities Track and Strategies Track - the MAKE IT Prize aims to award approximately $30 million to promote and enable domestic manufacturing of critical energy technology components while engaging communities to catalyze manufacturing activity at the regional level.


Facilities Track

Phase 1: Scope

In Phase 1 of the Facilities Track, winners were awarded $500,000 each and advanced to the Phase 2: Shovel-Ready.

Phase 1 Winners

  • Ballard's Fuel Cell Engine Manufacturing Facility
  • CellCube Lean Energy Assembly Network (CCLEAN)
  • Ceramic NaSICON Membranes for LDES
  • Components for Fuel Cell Trucks: 100% Made in US
  • Conformable Hydrogen Tanks for Production Capacity
  • H2 Electrolyzers for North American Market
  • Hybrid Transformer–Power Electronics Equipment Manufacturing
  • Linde Hydrogen Storage Vessel
  • Securing America’s Vanadium Electrolyte Supply

As part of the work to compete in Phase 2, competitors will identify and secure the final location of their facility.

Phase 2: Shovel-Ready

In Phase 2 of the Facilities Track teams will identify and secure the final location of their manufacturing facility. They will aim to demonstrate they are “shovel-ready” for facility construction including control of a site, permits, financing, and proof of community engagement. Phase 2 winners will be determined through up to four upcoming submission deadlines.


Strategies Track

Phase 1: Engage

In Phase 1 of the Strategies Track, winners were awarded $50,000 each for their clean energy roadmaps and advanced to Phase 2: Create.

Phase 1 Winners

  • An Engagement Project for South Texas Wind Energy
  • Beatrice Nebraska Clean Energy Manufacturing
  • Berkshire Clean Tech Initiative (BCTI)
  • Chicago Grid Mod Manufacturing Initiative
  • Driving Climate Tech Solutions & Job Growth in NY
  • Empowering Lifecycle Clean Energy in Tulsa
  • Evansville Energy Nucleus
  • Greening the Great Plains: OK Resilient Energy Hub
  • Manufacturing Action Plan
  • Manufacturing Energy Solutions & Advancement in NM
  • NextCorps Rochester Clean Energy Manufacturing Hub
  • Northeast Ohio Clean Manufacturing Partnership
  • Regional Energy and Educational Tech Center
  • Building A Climate Resilient Future for All (Delaware)
  • Clean Energy Manufacturing in Mendenhall, MS (Mississippi)
  • Creating the Equitable Clean Energy Future (Georgia)
  • Inland SoCal for Advanced Manufacturing (California)
  • Innovate Jonesboro (Maine)
  • Joliet Commercialization Coalition (JCC) (Montana)
  • Make It Mohawk Valley (New York)
  • MAKE IT on the Rosebud Reservation (South Dakota)
  • Metal Fuels Alliance (Virginia)
  • Project 81 (Oklahoma)
  • Quincy’s Strategy to “Make It” Happen! (Florida)
  • South Arkansas Green Energy Project (SAGEP) (Arkansas)

Phase 2: Create

Throughout Phase 2: Create teams will engage with their community to develop a vision for their future clean energy or decarbonization project. Phase 2 winners are awarded $100,000 each and advance to Phase 3: Activate.

Phase 2 Winners So Far:

Team NameLocationProject Description
Advancing Clean Energy ManufacturingTulsa, OKEnhancing domestic clean energy manufacturing and regional quality of life by accelerating local ecosystem growth.
Beatrice Nebraska Clean Energy ManufacturingBeatrice, NELeveraging regional infrastructure and implementing workforce development programs to support clean energy manufacturing.
Berkshire Clean Tech Initiative (BCTI)Pittsfield, MACreating a roadmap for growing clean tech manufacturing in the Berkshires and supporting start-ups in the clean tech industry.
Chicago Grid Mod Manufacturing InitiativeChicago, ILBuilding a grid modernization technology manufacturing cluster roadmap for the Chicago MSA to drive inclusive economic growth.
Clean Energy Mfg. Roadmap for a Vibrant NE OhioNortheast OHLeveraging northeast Ohio's manufacturing heritage to attract clean energy manufacturers, fostering innovation and sustainability for a resilient future.
Driving Climate Tech Solutions & Job Growth in NYLong Island, NYAttracting new manufacturers to expand and relocate in the Long Island, NY region, connecting them to climate tech innovators.
NextCorps Rochester Clean Energy Manufacturing HubRochester, NYGrowing the ecosystem capacity for hardware manufacturing to foster clean energy technology-based economic development.

Phase 3: Activate

In Phase 3 competitors will create detailed plans to carry out their clean energy or decarbonization project.