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Geothermal Design Challenge

Foster understanding of geothermal, communicate benefits of geothermal technologies, and overcome non-technical barriers to development.
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Connections, Pride & Experience!
Overview

Challenge Overview

 

Challenge Overview

Through the Geothermal Design Challenge™, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) inspires students to develop innovative solutions for geothermal energy application challenges. The competition also helps students develop career skills as they prepare to enter the clean energy workforce. Through engagement with students not traditionally involved with geothermal energy, GTO aims to raise awareness of geothermal resources to communities and the public, thereby broadening the geothermal stakeholder base.

The Fall 2020 student competition focuses on infographic development and data visualization and welcomes a broad spectrum of disciplines. The goal is to foster understanding of geothermal, to communicate the benefits of geothermal energy technologies more broadly, and ultimately to overcome key non-technical barriers to geothermal development. 

 

Learn More

To learn more about the program and the current competition: 

 

The Geothermal Design Challenge is directed and administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and is funded by the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office. 

Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

Please review the official rules  for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

If you want to receive updates on the prize or have any questions, please subscribe by using the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at

 

 

Timeline
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Challenge Updates

Geothermal Collegiate Competition - Spring 2021

Feb. 26, 2021, 10:58 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

Hi Fall Geothermal Design Challenge Competitors,

It's not too late to compete in the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition. 

This spring, you could win money ($1,000 for 1st place; $750 for 2nd; $500 for 3rd) to design direct-use concepts leveraging geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts, or entire communities.

Head over to the Spring page on HeroX: Geothermal Collegiate Competition on HeroX. Create an account and submit a progress form on or before March 9, 2021. 

Note, this is a different Geothermal Competition page than this fall - head over to the new page, follow the challenge, and start working.


Compete in the Spring Competition

Feb. 1, 2021, 9:18 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

We're excited to announce the launch of the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Challenge.

This spring, you could win money ($1,000 for 1st place; $750 for 2nd; $500 for 3rd) to design direct-use concepts leveraging geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts, or entire communities.

Gather your Team and Start Digging in! This is a semester-long competition. Progress submissions are due March 9, 2021. Final competition submittals are due May 4, 2021.

  • Join us for an informational webinar on February 10, 2021 at 1:00-2:00 PM EST. Register for the webinar here.
  • Ready to confirm a team? Join the Geothermal Collegiate Competition on HeroX. Create an account and submit a progress form on or before March 9, 2021. Note, this is a different Geothermal Competition page than this fall - head over to the new page, follow the challenge, and start working.

Congratulations, Winners!

Jan. 14, 2021, 11:45 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

Congratulations to the first, second, and third place winners of the Fall 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge. 

 

First Place: University of North Dakota, Thermal Vision
Submission: "Geothermal Applications for the World"

 

Second Place: University of California Santa Cruz, Geo Slugs
Submission: "Green & Unseen: The Future of Geothermal Power"

 

Third Place: Antelope Valley College

Submission: "The Heat Beneath Our Feet"

 

You can see the winners' infographic and learn more about them here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/department-energy-announces-winners-fall-2020-geothermal-design-challenge


Reminder - Registration Deadline Today

Nov. 5, 2020, 7 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

Just a reminder - in order to compete in this challenge, you must fill out  this registration form by 5:00 PM Eastern Time today. Creating a team in HeroX is not the same as registering. If you don't register you can't compete.


Reminder - Webinar Today

Nov. 2, 2020, 6:53 a.m. PST by NREL Challenge

Don't forget to join the NREL competition team today for an overview of the Geothermal Design Challenge, tips and tricks for submitting, and upcoming deadlines. The webinar starts at 3:30 PM ET. Register for the webinar.


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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

To follow the challenge, leave a comment, or register to compete, you need to register on HeroX.com. All you need to provide is your name and email address.

If you plan to compete with a team from your collegiate institution, just click the “Solve This Challenge” button on this page and follow the instructions to complete your registration. 

If you have a question not answered in the FAQ, you may contact a competition administrator directly at

After you have created an account and followed the challenge  click the "Solve This Challenge" button, review and accept the agreement to proceed.

A prompt to create a team will be shown just after the steps above.  You may create a team and invite members using the available options at this point.  

If you accepted the challenge, but elected to skip the above step and not create a team at that point, you may still create a team later.  To create a team after joining as a competitor, there will be a "Create a team" button just below the button for "Begin Entry" button on the main challenge page. 

 

There is also a helpful video tutorial, How to Form a Team Screencast, available on the HeroX Knowledge Base.

The team captain is the only person on a team who can invite new members to join.

To do so, the captain must first navigate to their team page which can be done by visiting their profile and clicking the Teams tab.

Then, follow this guide, Guide: Inviting team members or requesting to join a team, from the HeroX Knowledge Base to learn how to add team members.

 

If you encounter an issue when attempting to participate or register for the challenge, you may need to contact HeroX or the Competition Administrators.

You may try to connect with HeroX using the online form that appears in the bottom right corner of your browser window—it says “Leave a Message.”

You may also send a message to the Prize Administrator inbox at .

Please allow at least 1 business day for a response.