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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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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.

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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.

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Challenge Updates

Congratulations to the Spring 2021 finalists!

April 6, 2021, 10:03 a.m. PDT by Caitlin Dorsey

The Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition finalists have been announced!

If you missed the live announcement during the NextGen Geo event last week, congratulations to our finalists! You can access a recording of the presentation and announcements.

By the numbers: 

15 finalist teams

17 collegiate institutions

3 minority-serving institutions

7 types of district/energy load applications

3 conversions of existing oil & gas wells to geothermal.

The teams moving on to compete in the final round of the Geothermal Collegiate Competition are:

  • Colorado School of Mines/CSM-PE
  • Cornell University/Big Red Heat
  • Cypress College/Charging Bladhs
  • Liberty University/LUSE
  • Montana State University
  • Northern Virginia Community College/NOVA Nighthawks
  • State University of New York (SUNY) Broome and SUNY Binghamton
  • Temple University/Team A40
  • The University of Oklahoma/GeoFitters
  • The University of Oklahoma/Sooners Geothermal Team
  • University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University
  • University of Colorado Boulder/GeoDudes
  • University of North Dakota and Reykjavik University/Geothermal Vision
  • University of Notre Dame/Geothermal ND
  • Western Kentucky University

Good luck to all of the teams!

 

 


Tomorrow: Join the NextGen Geo Event

March 30, 2021, 11:41 a.m. PDT by Caitlin Dorsey

See the live announcement of Geothermal Collegiate Competition finalists, attend a student career panel with geothermal industry leaders, and learn about a new prize at tomorrow’s NextGen Geo event! Tune in from 1–3 p.m. ET to hear industry thought leaders and U.S. Department of Energy leadership speak about opportunities to impact the clean energy economy through geothermal workforce development. Then, attend a student career panel where you will be able to ask questions of some of our speakers about their path to working in the geothermal industry. Several big announcements include Geothermal Manufacturing Prize semifinalists and a prize competition aimed at developing technical solutions for economic extraction of lithium from geothermal brines.

Whether you’re actively participating in the Geothermal Collegiate Competition or looking for new opportunities to impact the clean energy economy, we highly recommend you tune in for this announcement. 

Find out which teams move on to the final round of the Geothermal Collegiate Competition and learn about the latest prize competition tomorrow, March 31 from 1–3 p.m. ET. Register now for the NextGen Geo event


Register Now for the NextGen Geo Event

March 23, 2021, 2:06 p.m. PDT by Caitlin Dorsey

Have you registered for the NextGen Geo Event on March 31? During this event, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) leadership will announce the Geothermal Collegiate Competition finalists moving on to compete for cash prizes and national recognition. 

The event will feature several industry thought leaders who will speak about opportunities for geothermal workforce development. Plus, there will be a student career panel where you will be able to ask questions of some of our speakers about their path to working in the geothermal industry!

During the NextGen Geo event, DOE leadership will also unveil a new prize competition aimed at developing technical solutions for economic extraction of lithium from geothermal brines in the Salton Sea. Whether you’re actively participating in the Geothermal Collegiate Competition or looking for new opportunities to impact the clean energy economy, we highly recommend you tune in for this announcement. 

Register now for the NextGen Geo event!


You're Invited: NextGen Geo Event and Announcement of Geothermal Collegiate Competition Finalists!

March 16, 2021, 2:31 p.m. PDT by Caitlin Dorsey

You’re Invited: NextGen Geo Event and Geothermal Manufacturing Prize Semifinalist Announcement

On Wednesday, March 31, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will announce the Geothermal Collegiate Competition finalists as part of the virtual NextGen Geo event. All participating teams in the Geothermal Collegiate Competition are invited to attend the NextGen Geo event to hear the announcement, learn about a new prize opportunity, and attend an industry networking session.

About the NextGen Geo Event

The United States is now charting a course towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, millions of good-paying union jobs in a green economy, and the guarantee that every American worker and community can find prosperity in the clean energy revolution. In this new vision, geothermal has become a more desirable energy source than ever before. The geothermal community is seeking new leaders from diverse fields to help geothermal energy fulfill its role in revitalizing the U.S. energy and manufacturing sectors, supporting a more skilled workforce, and mitigating climate change. From engineers to entrepreneurs, the geothermal community wants to include you as we craft the future through geothermal technology development. 

The Energy Department and National Renewable Energy Laboratory invite STEM-focused innovators and climate change champions to join the NextGen Geo Virtual Event on March 31 from 1-3:30 p.m. ET to hear clean energy thought leaders speak about opportunities in the geothermal workforce and new ways to get involved in the geothermal community. 

Alongside guest speakers, DOE leadership will announce a prize competition aimed at developing technical solutions for economic extraction of lithium from geothermal brines, as well as finalists in the Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition and semifinalists in the American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize. The NextGen Geo event will conclude with a networking event and student career panel.

Find out who moves on in the Geothermal Collegiate Competition and learn about the latest contest on March 31. Register now for the NextGen Geo event!

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GEOPHIRES v2.0 Webinar Recording

March 9, 2021, 2:23 p.m. PST by Caitlin Dorsey

You may now view a recording of the GEOPHIRES 2.0 webinar on the NREL Learning Youtube channel. Further questions? Post them to the forum!


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