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.
More details on competition progress, official rules, and registeration will be available soon.
Below are themes from past competitions.
- 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.