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.
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.
Congratulations to all of the winners from the Ready! Contest! These 15 teams were recipients of a cash prize.
|entry title (listed alphabetically)||team||location|
|3D Printed Frac plug for Geothermal Applications||Team Schlumberger - Led by Bhushan Pendse||Houston, TX|
|3D Printing of High-Temperature Elastomers||Team Schlumberger - Led by Huilin Tu||Houston, TX|
|Additive Manufactured Backup-Rings for Packers||Team Baker Hughes||Houston, TX|
|Additively Manufactured Mechanical Metamaterials||Multiscale Systems||Worcester, MA|
|Capturing Energy in Extreme Downhole Conditions||Dr. Edem Tsikata||Cambridge, MA|
|Closed Loop Helical Downhole Heat Exchanger||Sage Geosystems||Houston, TX|
|Device to Remove Scale in Geothermal Wells by A.M.||Dreamer Geothermophiles||Grand Forks, ND|
|Geothermal 3-Axis Wideband Vibration-Accelerometer||Dr. Harold Snyder||Rockwall, TX|
|HyperDrilled & 3D printed concrete CWD geo wells||Team Hypersciences||Spokane, WA|
|Innovation: Expanding Geothermal Energy Solutions||GreenFire Energy||Emeryville, CA|
|Novel Metal Annular Barrier for Geothermal Systems||Welltec||Richmond, TX|
|Optimization of Gas Sparger Head for Airlift||Team PLUGS||Morgantown, WV|
|Project Hot Hammer||The Bit Guys||Morgantown, WV|
|Ultra High Temperature Logging Tool||Team Ultra High-Temperature Logging Tool||Houston, TX|
|Using AM to rapidly deploy new sensors into EGS||Ozark Integrated Circuits||Fayetteville, AR|
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