The U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Collegiate Competition engages college and university teams to design direct-use concepts leveraging geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts, or entire communities. Students gain real-world renewable energy industry experience conceiving a use case, performing a resource assessment and usage evaluation, and planning alongside community stakeholders.
The Competition is open to multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students across the country. Participating students build valuable project development, design, and communications skills while increasing public understanding of geothermal power as a direct, renewable source of energy.
Finalist teams competing for cash prizes and national recognition in the Geothermal Collegiate Competition are:
- Colorado School of Mines/CSM-PE
- Cornell University/Big Red Heat
- Cypress College/Charging Bladhs
- Liberty University/LUSE
- Montana State University
- Northern Virginia Community College/NOVA Nighthawks
- State University of New York (SUNY) Broome and SUNY Binghamton
- Temple University/Team A40
- The University of Oklahoma/GeoFitters
- The University of Oklahoma/Sooners Geothermal Team
- University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University
- University of Colorado Boulder/GeoDudes
- University of North Dakota and Reykjavik University/Geothermal Vision
- University of Notre Dame/Geothermal ND
- Western Kentucky University
For more information about the current round of the Competition, visit herox.com/GeothermalCollegiateCompetitionSpring2021.
See Past Competition Winners
Below are themes from past competitions.
- 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.