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! 

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