THE MASSON RADIUM SPRINGS FARMS GEOTHERMAL GREENHOUSE IS LOCATED ON PRIVATE LAND IN SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO. THE GREENHOUSE SPACE IS HEATED BY GEOTHERMAL ENERGY FROM THREE WELLS.

The Masson Radium Springs Farms geothermal greenhouse is heated by geothermal energy from three wells. Image from U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office is excited to follow up previous years’ student competitions with the Spring 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition, managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to engage young individuals, build skills, and promote new ideas to drive change. 

The Competition invites college and university teams to develop proposals to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts, or entire communities. Students can gain real-world renewable energy industry experience developing, designing, and testing technologies alongside community stakeholders, shaping the future of geothermal and the transition to a clean economy.

Registration opens on August 6, 2021, with core submissions due in November, elective modules due in February 2022, and final submissions due in April 2022. Winners will be announced in May 2022 and in-person stakeholder engagement events will be in June 2022. All teams must complete the core submission and two of the four elective modules. Final submissions will be scored by a panel of expert reviewers.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place, as well as to the team with the best pitch. Team members must be enrolled in a collegiate institution, and team captains must be U.S. citizens.

For more information, visit the 2022 Competition website.

Past Competitions

Below are themes from past competitions.

  • Spring 2021: Community Geothermal – How can direct-use geothermal benefit my community?
  • Fall 2020: Infographics – How can print and digital infographics and data visualization foster broader understanding of geothermal energy?
  • Spring 2020: GIS Mapping – How can geospatial mapping increase our understanding of this important renewable energy resource?
  • 2019: Data Visualization – Where do you target your next production well to maximize geothermal reservoir performance?
  • 2016: What is the future of geothermal energy and how will it impact you?
  • 2014: GeoEnergy is Beautiful

The Geothermal Design Challenge is administered for DOE by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Contact Geo.Competition@nrel.gov with questions.