DOE Launches Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition

DOE Launches Spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office announced last week the launch of the spring 2021 Geothermal Collegiate Competition.

The competition features a new theme: community direct use. College and university teams will identify sites that could leverage local geothermal energy potential to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts or entire communities via direct use technologies. The competition is heating things up in more ways than one — students will gain real-world renewable energy industry experience by designing a real-life use case, performing a resource assessment and evaluating usage and loads.

Alaska students, get your team together! Teams are already forming, so sign up now for the spring 2021 competition. Rules and team registration can be found at

To learn more about the competition, visit


ACEP’s Rob Bensin and Chris Pike test a geothermal hot spring near Nome, Alaska. Photo by George Roe.