Are you a thinker, entrepreneur, facility or potential partner?
Innovators may be awarded cash prizes for ideas that advance U.S. leadership in renewable energy.
The American-Made Challenges prize model spurs manufacturing, develop innovative solutions and products, and create new domestic jobs and opportunities through public-private partnerships. It will demonstrate a new way government can foster R&D to empower American ingenuity and reassert national leadership in the marketplace.
The prize and challenge model will help to disrupt traditional thinking in this sector, and introduce, expand, and evolve what’s possible. They can enable Federal agencies to:
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the Prize Administrator for the American-Made Challenges. In this capacity NREL works closely with the U.S. Department of Energy to administer the challenges, maintain the website platform, assist in building the network, and pay prize money to the winning teams.
NREL, other national laboratories, and members of the American-Made Network serve as key technical partners working directly with teams to validate, build, and test competitor products and solutions.
Solve prize challenges that will advance energy technologies and business models and increase manufacturing at scale.
Meet DOE national laboratories, accelerator, incubator, university, and facility partners seeking to support American innovation.
Become a rewarded “connector” and put your expertise to work helping others create technology solutions and build businesses.
NREL is working with HeroX, an online platform to crowdsource knowledge and facilitate the submission of industry-relevant problems and potential solutions. Through HeroX, anyone can participate by submitting problem and/or opportunity statements. The community can share feedback by commenting on postings and sharing resources. Open communication will connect stakeholders and bring new ideas to light in ways that were not previously available.
HeroX also serves as the hub for registration, idea and competition submissions, building teams, official judging, etc.