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Geothermal Collegiate Competition

Foster understanding of geothermal, communicate benefits of geothermal technologies, and overcome non-technical barriers to development.

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Overview

Challenge Overview

Through the Geothermal Collegiate Competition, the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) encourages students to develop innovative solutions for geothermal energy application challenges and build career skills for the clean energy workforce. By engaging students not traditionally involved with geothermal research, GTO aims to raise awareness of geothermal resources among communities and the public, thereby broadening the geothermal stakeholder base.

The Geothermal Collegiate Competition invites participation by teams of at least three students enrolled in accredited U.S.-based collegiate institutions or U.S. citizens enrolled at non-U.S. based collegiate institutions. In this case, “collegiate institution” refers to any school of post-secondary or higher education, including but not limited to community colleges, technical colleges, and traditional four-year and graduate-level universities. See “Who Can Enter” for more information on eligibility. There is no cost to register or participate.

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

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Challenge Updates

In Case You Missed it: Watch the Awards on Youtube

June 17, 2021, 8:21 a.m. PDT by Caitlin Dorsey

Congratulations once again to the winners of the Geothermal Collegiate Competition! The award announcement is available on Youtube for those who didn't manage to catch it live. 

Be sure to receive updates for the Class of 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition by joining the Challenge now at herox.com/GeoCollegiateCompetition2022


Announcing the Winners of the Geothermal Collegiate Competition!

June 16, 2021, 1:43 p.m. PDT by Caitlin Dorsey

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced of the winners of the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition!

In first place: Students from the University of North Dakota and Reykjavik University won the first-place prize for their prospectus on gas well recompletion for geothermal district energy in Mandaree, North Dakota. The project generates heat, food, and jobs through integration of a direct-heated greenhouse. Judges praised the team for their exhaustive evaluation of potential for geothermal direct heat using existing oil and gas wells.

In second place: The second-place prize went to the University of Oklahoma Sooners Geothermal Team. 

In third place: The third-place winners were the Earth Source Heat team from Cornell University. 

Colorado School of Mines received an honorable mention for geoscience elements of their submission, Heat Extraction From Abandoned Wells, and the University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University team received an honorable mention for stakeholder engagement strategies in their proposal to implement geothermal heat pumps on the Berkeley campus.

Congratulations to all of the finalists! 

Be sure to sign up for updates regarding the upcoming year-long Class of 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition at https://www.herox.com/GeoCollegiateCompetition2022

 


Tomorrow: Attend the Geothermal Collegiate Competition Winner Announcement

June 15, 2021, 6:46 a.m. PDT by Caitlin Dorsey

Watch the live announcement of the winners of the Geothermal Collegiate Competition tomorrow! Tune in June 16 at 12 p.m. MST for the announcement of first, second, and third-prize winners, special recognition categories, highlights from the winning entries, and a sneak preview of the Fall 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition!

Find out who will win the competition tomorrow, June 16 at 12 p.m. MST. Register now for the event! 


Who Will Win the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition? Find out June 16!

June 3, 2021, 11:18 a.m. PDT by Caitlin Dorsey

Who Will Win the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition? Find out June 16!

Only two weeks until the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the winners of the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition! Join DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and student teams from around the country on Wednesday, June 16 at 12 p.m. MST for the announcement, highlights from the winning entries, and a sneak preview of the Fall 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition!

RSVP now to claim your spot for this exciting event!


Register Now for the Geothermal Collegiate Competition Winner Announcement Event

May 26, 2021, 9:29 a.m. PDT by Caitlin Dorsey

Have you registered for the winner announcement

On Wednesday, June 16 at 12 p.m. MST, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will announce cash prize awards for winning teams, share highlights from the winning entries, and offer a sneak preview of the Fall 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition!

Register now for the event!


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