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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

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. 


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CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

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

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Challenge Updates

2023 GCC Office Hours TOMORROW, July 26

July 25, 2023, 10:34 a.m. PDT by GCC Prize Moderator

Join competition organizers TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 26 for the final Fall 2023 Geothermal Collegiate Competition Office Hours before competition registration opens on August 1!

Register here for the optional July 26, 1 pm EDT Office Hours to learn more about this year's challenge.

The next opportunity to talk with competition organizers will be at the August 15 Informational Webinar.


GCC Office Hours Today! 6/27/23

June 27, 2023, 8:09 a.m. PDT by GCC Prize Moderator

Join organizers TODAY, June 27 at 2 p.m. EDT for optional, virtual Office Hours for the Geothermal Collegiate Competition (GCC)

Register here and come with questions! A brief overview of the competition will also be provided.

Can't make it in June? Register for the July Office Hours on July 26.


2023 Geothermal Collegiate Competition Office Hours - June 27, 2 p.m. EDT

June 23, 2023, 12:36 p.m. PDT by GCC Prize Moderator

Considering competing in the Fall 2023 Geothermal Collegiate Competition for a chance at $10k? Join organizers Tuesday, June 27 at 2 p.m. EDT for optional, virtual Office Hours.

Register here and come with questions! A brief overview of the competition will also be provided.

Can't make it in June? Join the July Office Hours on July 26.


Gather Your Team for the Fall 2023 Geothermal Collegiate Competition!

May 24, 2023, 8:19 a.m. PDT by GCC Prize Moderator

The Geothermal Collegiate Competition (GCC) has announced the launch of the Fall 2023 cycle! Read the rules and start gathering your team for the competition that invites students to develop real-world geothermal solutions while competing for cash prizes and gaining resume experience in the renewable energy industry.

With two tracks this year—technical and policy—there is something for nearly any undergraduate or graduate student. First-place teams in each track will receive $10,000 and second-place teams can earn $6,000. 

Registration will open on August 1, 2023! Check out the rules to learn more and follow the competition on HeroX for updates.

Questions? 

  • Register for one of the GCC office hours: 
  • Or email  with questions.

Join us TOMORROW for FREE Webinar on GeoRePORT Socioeconomic Assessment Tool

Feb. 9, 2022, 8:59 a.m. PST by GCC Prize Moderator

Tomorrow, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. EST, join us to hear about the newly revised GeoRePORT Socioeconomic Assessment Tool (SEAT).

Aaron Levine, Esq., from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will discuss the tool and how it has been updated for the assessment of direct use geothermal resources.

Register now for tomorrow's webinar!


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GeoFitters GeoFitters
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CSM-PE CSM-PE
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LUSE - Renewable Energy Club LUSE - Renewable Energy Club
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Sooners Geothermal Team Sooners Geothermal Team
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Team A40 Team A40
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Montana State University's team Montana State University's team
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Parlor City Geo Parlor City Geo
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UND Geothermal Vision UND Geothermal Vision
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CU-Boulder Geothermal Design Team CU-Boulder Geothermal Design Team
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