In the Fall 2020 U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Design Challenge, students from across the United States used infographics and data visualization to foster understanding of geothermal energy and broadly communicate the benefits of geothermal technologies. Multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students created powerful, high-quality infographics to illustrate aspects of geothermal energy production, backed by technical data and accompanied by communications and outreach strategies to maximize impact.
By engaging students not traditionally involved with geothermal energy research, the Department of Energy helps raise awareness of geothermal resources, broaden the geothermal stakeholder base, and prepare U.S. students for the clean energy workforce.
Congratulations to the winners!
First Place: University of North Dakota Thermal Vision
Submission: “Geothermal Applications for the World”
The University of North Dakota team’s winning print infographic highlights the benefits of eight common uses of geothermal energy: agricultural drying, cooking, greenhouse heating, aquaculture, electricity generation, space heating, snow melting, and bathing and swimming. The infographic offers global context, breaking down each use as a percentage of the total geothermal market. A world map further illustrates the use of geothermal resources around the world.
Second Place: University of California, Santa Cruz Geo Slugs
Submission: “Green & Unseen: The Future of Geothermal Power”
The Geo Slugs’ digital infographic highlights new developments in geothermal energy, focusing on the components of large and small-scale systems and how each system benefits people, businesses, and the planet through renewable electricity, district heating, and more.