Fly Geyser, Gerlach, Nevada
Photo courtesy of Piyush Bakane, Geothermal Resources Council Photo Contest 2019, Fly Geyser, Gerlach, Nevada

Through the Geothermal Design Challenge™, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) inspires students to develop innovative solutions for geothermal energy application challenges. The competition also helps students develop career skills as they prepare to enter the clean energy workforce. Through engagement with students not traditionally involved with geothermal, GTO aims to raise awareness of geothermal resources to communities and the public, thereby broadening the geothermal stakeholder base.

The Fall 2020 student competition focuses on infographic development and data visualization and welcomes a broad spectrum of disciplines. The goal is to foster understanding of geothermal, to communicate the benefits of geothermal energy technologies more broadly, and ultimately to overcome key non-technical barriers to geothermal development.

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See competition rules, deadlines, and register your team by November 5, 2020 on HeroX.

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 Geothermal.Challenge@nrel.gov with questions.

Geothermal Design Challenge 2020