The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing through a series of contests and the development of a diverse and powerful support network that leverages national laboratories, energy incubators, and other resources across the country.
The Solar Prize will address tough problems facing the solar energy industry, spurring the next wave of solar technology innovations through three progressive challenges and cash incentives.
The potential for innovation is everywhere.
The Ready! Set! and Go! Contests are a kickstart for anyone - teams or individuals - to build connections, secure investments, and advance the best ideas.
The Solar Prize will reenergize American energy innovation by tapping the nation's unparalleled innovation ecosystem and America's competitive spirit by leveraging national labs, incubators, facilities and more.
Direct access to world-class resources and expertise.
The American-Made Network is designed to strengthen and scale critical connections to accelerate and sustain innovation.
Congratulations to all of the semifinalists from the Ready! Contest! Twenty teams across 15 states have been identified from a pool of 167 submissions as eligible to compete in the next two rounds of the Prize competition. These teams will be awarded a cash prize and are now eligible to advance in the Set! and Go! Contests!
|entry title (listed alphabetically)||team location||subject area|
|Acoustic Cleaving of Gallium Arsenide for Next Generation PV||Tempe, AZ||Cell Concepts|
|ARAYSTAYS: Nothing Clips Like Python Grips!||Annapolis, MD||Module and Application Hardware|
|Configurable Current Cell—C3||Atlanta, GA||Cell Concepts|
|First Step Solar||Dearborn, MI||Devices|
|Game Changer: 1500 Volt Solar Power Converter||Charlotte, NC||Devices|
|High-Capacity 250 Kilowatt Silicon Carbide Solar String Inverter||Boulder, CO||Devices|
|Invisible Metal Contacts for Solar Cells||Los Angeles, CA||Cell Concepts|
|LEGOs of Solar for Portable, Plug & Play Power||Sioux Falls, SD||Module and Application Hardware|
|Omnisole (formerly SolarCube)||Worcester, MA||Module and Application Hardware|
|Perovskite + Silicon Tandem Product Prototype||Morgan Hill, CA||Cell Concepts|
|Phase3 Photovoltaics - Prefabricated Solar Systems||Portland, OR||Module and Application Hardware|
|Quick Lift PV System||Lowell, MA||Module and Application Hardware|
|Solar Guardian PV Connector||Albuquerque, NM||Devices|
|Solar SEED - Scalable Energy Empowerment Device||New York, NY||Devices|
|Solar Waves: Conserving Water and Solar Energy||Pleasant Hill, CA||Module and Application Hardware|
|Solid-State Protective Relay & Monitoring System||Austin, TX||Devices|
|SUNSPOT Solar Electric Cooking System||Germantown, MD||Module and Application Hardware|
|Three-port Silicon Carbide-based High Frequency Power Conversion System||Milwaukee, WI||Devices|
|Translucent Solar Panel for Greenhouse Farming||Vancouver, WA||Module and Application Hardware|
|Utility-Owned Battery and Inverter||Wenatchee, WA||Devices|
Are you a thinker, entrepreneur, facility or potential partner? Anyone with an innovative idea can help transform the solar industry through the American-Made Solar Prize.