Thanks to everyone who sent an optional progress submission! For those that submitted, feedback was sent to team captains on November 8.
Based on the submissions and recent questions to the inbox, here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers.
- Make sure to check the Rules for the final submission to ensure you meet all the deliverable requirements.
- Keep page limits in mind—judges will not review any pages beyond the stated page limit.
- Is your team listed in the participating teams announcement? If not, double check with that you are fully registered.
What advice can organizers share regarding site selection?
- Make sure to share why you chose your specific site.
- Check that you are including all the elements of site selection listed in the Rules, particularly identifying existing infrastructure and the geothermal resource available.
Can you share more advice on the stakeholder engagement event and planning?
- Make sure you are clear on relevant roles or types of stakeholders and how/why they would be involved with your project.
- Specify the most relevant stakeholders (versus providing a laundry list of anyone who might be tangentially related).
- Consider how your messaging or outreach might need to change based on the stakeholder group.
- Your stakeholder engagement plan and messaging should tie to your specific project.
- The visual of a Stakeholder Engagement Map in the appendix is meant as a guide; you can visualize your stakeholder map in another way, as long as the stakeholders relevant to your project are identified.
- The requirements listed in the deliverables table should be your north star.
- Try to be precise about the logistics of engaging stakeholders. How would your strategy and your event plan actually be implemented?
- For the event, think through where it would be, when, who you would invite, how long it would last, how would you get people to come, whether there would be an educational component, how would the event relate to your project, etc.
Where can we find competition resources?
- The HeroX Resources tab has a wealth of information, including recorded webinars on community engagement, Leapfrog modeling, etc.
- Appendix C of the GCC Rules links to case studies of geothermal district heating and cooling systems. Consider referencing existing systems to help with your design by finding an example that is the size of your project area.
Technical Track FAQs:
Can you clarify the scope of the system design for this competition?
- In this edition of the GCC, the only mandatory requirement for system design is to propose a geothermal district heating and cooling system.
- The system can be designed with geothermal heat pumps, deep/shallow wells, oil and gas well retrofit or repurpose, hot spring or known aquifers, etc., depending on the geothermal resource at the selected site.
- Additional technology could also be incorporated if the system’s primary design is based on a geothermal district heating and cooling system.
- Include a description of why the site is capable of conversion to a geothermal district heating and cooling system, why the resource is adequate for the selected site, and the end use.
- Include number of wells, temperature, required flow rate, and available/required infrastructure, if applicable.
- Capture an overview of the current energy demands, including the demand curve of the energy consumption of the facilities, if available.
Policy Track FAQs:
What advice can you share about tackling permitting requirements and financial incentives?
- Consider all levels of permitting requirements and financial incentives across the local, state, and federal levels.
- Feel free to point out where requirements or incentives do not work together seamlessly across levels of government or where there is synergy.
- Not sure where to start researching requirements? Check out the RAPID Toolkit (Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop Toolkit).
- The RAPID Toolkit offers a solution to navigating the complex system of federal and state regulations necessary to secure project approval. The RAPID Toolkit provides easy access to federal and state permitting information, best practices, and reference material for renewable energy and bulk transmission project development.
- Make sure to consider financial incentives available when listing your project cost breakdown.