NREL Challenge

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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

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

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Timeline

Challenge Timeline

start
Jan. 21, 2021, 12:05 p.m. PST
Enter
Challenge announced and team registration submission stage open.
Jan. 22, 2021, 7:31 a.m. PST
Date Launched
Feb. 10, 2021, 10 a.m. PST
Informational Webinar
Feb. 11, 2021, 11 a.m. PST
Enter
Progress submission opens
March 9, 2021, 2 p.m. PST
Submission Deadline
Deadline for progress submission.
March 25, 2021, 2 p.m. PDT
Feedback on progress submission provided
March 26, 2021, 5 a.m. PDT
Enter
Final entry submission open.
May 4, 2021, 2 p.m. PDT
Submission Deadline
Deadline for receipt of final entry submission.
5:00 p.m. ET
May 4, 2021, 10 p.m. PDT
Judging
May 20, 2021, 11 p.m. PDT
Judging Closed
June 16, 2021, 11 a.m. PDT
Won
Winners Announced
finish
Jan. 18, 2022, 11:38 p.m. PST
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Updates 23

Challenge Updates

REopt Web Tool: Geothermal Heat Pump Module Now Available

Jan. 11, 2022, 8:38 a.m. PST by Kelly MacGregor

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently developed and released a new geothermal heat pump technology module as part of the REopt™ web tool. The new module allows users to simulate the impacts that converting conventional heating and cooling systems to geothermal heat pumps have on on-site consumption of fuels and electricity, utility costs, and CO2 emissions. Facility owners, technology vendors, policy makers, and others can now model multiple variables to see how they interact to help determine the best opportunities for a site. 

Check out the updated tool

The REopt web tool enables users to optimize system sizes and battery dispatch strategies to minimize energy costs by entering their facility data, including utility rates, billing history, and local weather. REopt can also be used to estimate how long a system can sustain critical loads during a grid outage, informing resiliency strategies.


Jan. 21—Free Direct Use Geothermal System Design Webinar

Jan. 10, 2022, 11:38 a.m. PST by Kelly MacGregor

Want to learn more about designing systems to heat buildings, greenhouses, resorts, aquaculture operations, and more with renewable energy from the Earth?

Join us on Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. EST to learn about Direct Use Geothermal System Design from Dr. Koenraad Beckers, a Research Engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Dr. Beckers will explain geothermal direct use systems, share examples of successful systems, and inspire participants to design their own direct use system.

Register now for the Jan. 21 webinar!


Join us TOMORROW for a FREE Leapfrog Geothermal 3D Modeling Webinar

Jan. 5, 2022, 6:46 a.m. PST by Kelly MacGregor

Tomorrow, Jan. 6, join us to learn about the Leapfrog 3D Modeling software at 1 p.m. EST! Bastien Poux from Seequent, the company that created Leapfrog Geothermal, will answer your questions and provide a free training.

Register now for tomorrow’s webinar!


Join us TOMORROW for a Free GEOPHIRES Training Webinar

Dec. 16, 2021, 8:18 a.m. PST by Kelly MacGregor

Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 17, the creator of the GEOPHIRES economic analysis simulation tool will answer your questions and provide a free training! Join us at 1 p.m. EST to learn the GEOPHIRES basics from Dr. Koenraad Beckers, a research engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Register now for tomorrow’s webinar! 


Jan. 6, 2022—Leapfrog Geothermal Free Training Webinar!

Dec. 15, 2021, 1:04 p.m. PST by Kelly MacGregor

Interested in learning how to use Leapfrog Geothermal to visualize complex geoscience and reservoir engineering data in 3D? Join us on Jan. 6, 2022, at 1 p.m. EST to talk with Bastien Poux from Seequent, the company that created Leapfrog Geothermal.   

This free webinar will cover applications of 3D modeling tools, how they are best used, and how 3D modeling applies to the main phases of a geothermal project. The second half will be devoted to a live demonstration of Leapfrog Geothermal, as well as examples of geothermal reservoir models from projects around the world. 

Register for the Jan. 6 Leapfrog Geothermal webinar today


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