American-Made Geothermal Challenge

Partner Hosted

Event recommended by MakeHaven but organized by a partner organization.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


This event is free and hosted by: American-Made Challenges and cross posted here for promotional purposes.


Attend one or all of several sessions informing you about the science and techology of geothermal. Great background for entering the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize.


Geothermal 101: Pulling Energy from the Earth

2-3 pm ET - This one-hour session provides an overview of geothermal energy generation and areas needing innovation. Panelists:

  • Katherine Young, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Jamie Beard, The Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO), The University of Texas at Austin 


Industrial Additive Manufacturing 101: Creating Solutions from the Bottom Up

3-4 pm ET - This one-our session dives into the state of the art in additive manufacturing (AM) and discusses how to leverage AM in geothermal production. Panelists:


Identifying Opportunities and Geothermal Prize Teaming

4-6 pm ET

This two-hour workshop will connect interested innovators with experts from the geothermal and advanced manufacturing communities. Attendees will collaborate and discuss ideas for solutions to submit to the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize. After a series of 5-minute Lightening Talks on the workshop topics, attendees will be broken out in 30-minute breakout groups facilitated by industry experts. Breakout groups will rejoin the main group and attendees will join a second 30-minute breakout group.

Additive Manufacturing with Polymers, Composites, and Ceramics

  • Vlastimil Kunc, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Chris Holshouser, National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University

Additive Manufacturing with Metals

  • Ryan Dehoff, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Matt Friedell, Big Metal Additive

Designing for Additive Manufacturing

  • Jiann Su, Sandia National Lab
  • Sualp Ozel, Autodesk
  • Phillip Chesser, Oak Ridge National Lab

Additive Manufacturing for Geothermal Applications

  • Jamie Beard, The Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization (GEO), The University of Texas at Austin
  • Yarom Polsky, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Katherine Young, National Renewable Energy Lab


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.