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9 OCTOBER 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® Geothermal Manufacturing Winners Announced The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize, a $4.65 million competition to incentivize innovators to use 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, to address the challenges associated with operating sensitive equipment in harsh geothermal environments. Teams quickly developed, tested, and revised prototypes using additive manufacturing to support the advancement of geothermal tools and technologies. By focusing on manufacturing innovation, DOE is investing in improved performance, driving down costs, and expanding clean energy deployment. During the course of the contest, which launched in January 2020, teams competed in three progressive competitions to propose a solution, design it, and create a prototype. The finalists presented their innovations at the annual Geothermal Rising conference in Reno, Nevada. Each winning team was awarded $500,000 in cash and up to $200,000 to test their innovations in the field. The winners (both from Houston, Texas) are: • Team Downhole Emerging Technologies: This team developed an alternative to traditional packer systems. • TeamUltra-High Temperature Logging Tool: This team developed a technology that uses a labyrinthian heat sink to reduce thermal emissivity and increase exposure time of temperature-sensitive electronic components. For a link to this website, visit this page at: