gdcGeothermal energy is a renewable energy, used for thousands of years.  It is simply power derived from Earth’s internal heat, extracted from shallow ground to several miles below the surface. This heat can be used to generate electricity or heat and cool buildings directly. Geothermal energy is poised for huge growth. It is estimated that the amount of heat within six miles of the Earth’s surface contains 50,000 times more energy than all the oil and natural gas resources in the world.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and the Idaho National Lab (INL), invites both high school and university (undergraduate & graduate) teams to explore the future of geothermal energy and literally draw the heat beneath your feet.  Teams of two to three members will research data, interpret information and design an infographic that tells a compelling story about the future of geothermal energy.  The winning teams in each category will receive $2,500.  The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 and a trip to the Geothermal Resource Council 40th Annual Meeting on Oct 23-26 in Sacramento, CA.

To register or learn more about this Skild powered competition, click here.

Have questions?  Attend a free online webinar on February 2nd at 12pm Pacific Standard Time.  For info on how to register for the webinar, click here.

Submissions for the Geothermal Design Challenge are being accepted through March 1st, 2016.

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