American Made Challenge

Accelerator for U.S. Domestic Energy and Global Business Opportunities

The American-Made Challenges incentivize the nation’s entrepreneurs to strengthen American leadership in energy innovation and domestic manufacturing. These new challenges seek to lower the barriers U.S.-based innovators face in reaching manufacturing scale by accelerating the cycles of learning from years to weeks, while helping to create partnerships that connect entrepreneurs to the private sector and the network of DOE’s National Laboratories across the nation.

The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to energize 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 Contests

American Made Solar PrizeDo you have a product concept to enhance the solar industry, turbine development, or using wave power to desalinate?  OMEP’s 3rd party consultant and Innovation advocate, Intellectual Assets,  has just been named a connector for DoE’s American Made Challenge prize program.

The Solar Prize Deadline is October 8th

The application process is simple, and only requires a 4 question, a 2500-word narrative, and a 90-second video.  The contest is in three tiers.  There are two grand prizes of $500K, 10 2nd tier awards of 100K, and 20 1st round $50K awards. The other contests are due October 30 and November 30. Intellectual Asset’s David McFeeters-Krone is OMEP’s free facilitator.  Contact DMK@intelassets.com.

A Few More Details

The Solar Prize encourages the rapid development of innovative solar energy solutions capable of addressing the tough challenges facing the solar industry. Solar Prize competitors participate in three contests—the Ready! Set! and Go! Contests to transform their ideas into concepts and then early-stage prototypes ready for industry testing. Competitors have the chance to win $3 million in cash prizes and other resources to help them advance in the competition and accelerate the development of their solution.

Anyone with a big idea for solar can participate. LEARN MORE >

There are additional contests currently open for hydro and wave energy.