DOE Solar Competition At Los Alamos Makers

 The Department of Energy has broken down the American-Solar competition into a series of 3 distinct contests with increasing prize value. Courtesy/LA Makers
Los Alamos Makers is excited to announce that it was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in the American-Made Solar Prize.
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 American-Made Solar Prize is directed and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.
The goal of the competition is to provide incentives to accelerate and sustain American entrepreneurship and solar innovation.
Los Alamos Makers believes that the creative potential present in Los Alamos is unique, diverse and fit for such a competition. The organization encourages dreamers, scientists, students, researchers, business owners, and others who have a big solar idea they want to make real to not miss out on the $3 million American-Made Solar Prize.
One does not have to deliver a finished product to win a big prize. Up to 40 individuals or teams will win a $50,000 cash prize each, just for coming up with a winning plan. Up to 10 individuals or teams will win $200,000 each for designing a proof of concept and 2 individuals or teams will win $500,000 each for developing winning prototypes.
In addition, one will not have to go through the competition alone. The American-Made network will provide expertise and resources each step of the way including: mentoring and business development, digital design and prototyping, access to research facilities for testing and validation, and support finding and connecting with private investors and other industry partners.
As a makerspace that provides access to its additive and digital manufacturing capabilities, Los Alamos Makers will be part of the network and will provide opportunities to brainstorm and test ideas.
The application deadline is Oct. 5, so the public is invited to attend the information session at 10 a.m. this Saturday (Sept. 29) at Los Alamos Makers. All ages are welcome to attend. Participants will get DIY toy solar car kits as party favors.