The Geothermal Prize would like your input on the rules.

Please provide rules feedback to GeothermalPrize@nrel.gov by April 3, 2020.

American-Made Challenges

Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

The American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize (Geothermal Prize) is designed to spur innovation and address manufacturing challenges fundamental to operating in harsh geothermal environments. This prize further supports the ability of the geothermal industry to reach the target of 60 GWe of geothermal capacity by 2050 as outlined in the recently released GeoVision study.


The Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

As part of the American-Made Challenges series, the Geothermal Prize unites the world’s best-in-class research base with the unparalleled entrepreneurial support system of the American-Made Network. Consisting of pioneering maker spaces, dozens of energy incubators, universities, and 17 DOE National Laboratories, the Network is primed to create a sweeping portfolio of innovations to demonstrate the promise of additive manufacturing.

The Geothermal Prize is a series of four progressive competitions that harness the rapid advances that additive manufacturing can provide in tool design, fabrication, and functionality. It incentivizes innovators and entrepreneurs to discover new advanced manufacturing solutions. This rapid, scalable approach to prototype development not only provides cash prizes, but also engages America’s unique innovation ecosystem to help participants achieve their goals.


Important Dates


  • Prize Announced: January 2020
  • Rules Feedback Request: January 2020
    Please provide feedback to GeothermalPrize@nrel.gov by April 3, 2020.
  • Ready! Contest (anticipated April 2020)
  • Set! Contest (anticipated October 2020)
  • Make! Contest (anticipated March 2021)
  • Geo! Contest (anticipated December 2021)

Sign up for updates on our HeroX challenge page.


All dates are subject to change including contest openings, deadlines, and announcements.

Solutions that help shape the future

Are you a thinker, entrepreneur, facility or potential partner? Anyone with an innovative idea can help promote transformation by participating in the American-Made Challenges.


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