Interviews – Semifinalists American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

Interviews – Semifinalists American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize American-made Geothermal Prize (source: DOE/ NREL)
Alexander Richter 3 Aug 2021

Check out the video interviews with representatives of the semifinalists in the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize.

The semifinalist teams of the U.S. Department of Energy’s American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize have been working diligently over the past several months preparing their technologies for the next milestone: creating a prototype ahead of Make! Demo Day. Since learning of their status as Set! Contest semifinalists in March 2021, these nine teams have been fabricating prototypes of their additive manufacturing designs, identifying Geo! partner(s), and using continual customer and stakeholder feedback to substantially advance their prototype.

Now, these innovators are sharing a glimpse at their technologies.

The prize team invites friends, family, peers, industry experts, and anyone interested in geothermal and additive manufacturing to learn more about each innovation by watching the videos below.


Technology: A Novel Generator for Underground Environments
Team: AC
Location: Cambridge, MA
Contact: Edem Tsikata of AC
Project Summary: This team is providing detailed design specifications for a new kind of downhole electrical generator.
Pitch Video: Team AC declined a video interview


Technology: Additive Manufactured Backup-Rings for Packers
Team: Baker Hughes
Location: Houston, TX
Contact: Robert Krumm of Baker Hughes
Project Summary: This team is developing a high-temperature packer that’s only possible using additive manufactured parts enabling production tubing isolation in wells up to 450°F.
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Technology: A new Isolation Packer System for Geothermal Wells
Team: Downhole Emerging Technologies
Location: Houston, TX
Contact: Ken Havlinek of Downhole Emerging Technologies
Project Summary: This team is using additive manufacturing to significantly reduce the manufacturing cost of a new innovative all-metal isolation packer for geothermal wells.
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Technology: Additively Manufactured Mechanical Metamaterials
Team: Multiscale Systems
Location: Worcester, MA
Contact: Jesse Silverberg of Multiscale Systems
Project Summary: This team is using additively manufactured mechanical metamaterials as a technology for improving EGS equipment survivability in the downhole environment.
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Technology: Using AM to rapidly deploy new sensors into EGS
Team: Ozark Integrated Circuits
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Contact: Jim Holmes of Ozark Integrated Circuits
Project Summary: This team is bringing processing power to the edge in extreme environments such as EGS via additive manufacturing of HT electronics circuits.
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Technology: Optimization of Gas Sparger Head for Airlift
Location: Morgantown, WV
Contact: Terence Musho of PLUGS
Project Summary: This team is interested in optimizing, designing, and printing a sparger head for geothermal airlift system.
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Technology: Project Hot Hammer
Team: The Bit Guys
Location: Morgantown, WV
Contact: Jay Hewitt of The Bit Guys
Project Summary: This team is designing a revolutionary air hammer bit that will stay intact up to 600°C drastically speeding up the drilling process.
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Technology: Ultra-High Temperature Logging Tool Set Submission
Team: Ultra-High Temperature Logging Tool
Location: Houston, TX
Contact: Jeffrey Johnston of Ultra-High Temperature Logging Tool
Project Summary: This team is developing a prototype tool taking advantage of AM to reduce thermal conductivity between geothermal reservoir and sensitive electronics module.
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Technology: Novel Metal Annular Barrier for Geothermal Systems
Team: Welltec
Location: Katy, TX
Contact: Gbenga Onadeko of Welltec
Project Summary: This team is using additive manufacturing to enable the enhancement of the metal annular barrier for effective zonal isolation in geothermal wells.
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Source: American Made Challenges