Initial Publication Date: February 3, 2021


Geothermal Collegiate Competition

NAGT Student Members!

This spring, through the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Collegiate Competition, student teams will design direct-use concepts leveraging geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings, campuses, districts, or entire communities. Participation is free and offers students the chance to win national recognition and earn cash prizes. In addition, competitors will gain real-world renewable energy industry experience conceiving a use case, performing resource and usage assessments, and developing plans alongside community stakeholders.

A Virtual Competition Offering Real-World Experience. The Geothermal Collegiate Competition will be conducted in a 100% virtual format, presenting a great opportunity for experiential learning with no need to budget for travel.

This Field is Wide Open for Exploration. The Geothermal Collegiate Competition welcomes students from a broad spectrum of disciplines. The competition is open to students enrolled at accredited collegiate institutions regardless of preexisting knowledge or faculty advisor expertise. Teams can participate as part of a club or extracurricular activity, as a formal component of their coursework, to earn independent study credit, or within a "senior design" or "capstone" program. Additional students can join teams at any time.

Gather your Team and Start Digging in! This is a semester-long competition. Progress submissions are due March 9, 2021. Final competition submittals are due May 4, 2021.

  • Interested in learning more, have questions, or need a promotional flyer to help spread the word? Please send an email to and I'll happily share more information.
  • Join us for an informational webinar on February 10, 2021 from 1-2 p.m. EST.
  • Ready to confirm a team? Join the Geothermal Collegiate Competition on HeroX. Create an account and submit a progress form by March 9, 2021.

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