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Geothermal direct use project wins U.S. Collegiate Competition

The University of North Dakota together with Reykjavik University wins the 2021 U.S. DOE Geothermal Collegiate Competition with an innovative geothermal direct use project.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) announced the winners of the Geothermal Collegiate Competition, a national contest in the United States that engages students to develop innovative geothermic energy applications to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts, and communities. Administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the competition helps students gain real-world renewable energy industry experience and build career skills for the clean energy workforce, with a particular emphasis on engaging with students not traditionally involved with geothermal research.

“These students have proposed wonderful ideas for impactful, real-world geothermal deployment. The depth of knowledge about geothermal energy, and the passion they exhibit for their communities, our country, and our planet is truly inspiring,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman. “The Department of Energy is honored to support students and communities in such innovative, inspiring ways.”

In March, GTO announced the 15 finalist teams, which represented 17 academic institutions, including 3 minority-serving institutions, 2 community colleges, 11 public four-year colleges, and 3 private four-year colleges. The finalists competed for cash prizes for first, second, and third place, and honorable mentions for geoscience and stakeholder engagement strategies.

The winning teams are:

Geosciences Honorable Mention was awarded to the Colorado School of Mines, and Stakeholder Engagement Honorable Mention was awarded to University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University.

The event also included a preview of the Fall 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition on the same topic that will kick off in September 2021.

Learn more about the Geothermal Collegiate Competition.

Here an overview video on the Mandaree Geothermal District Heating Project:

Source: DOE release

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