Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate based on a competitive review of the proposals, which are due Nov. 12, 2010.
U.S. Department of Energy, through its Geothermal Technologies Program, launched
its inaugural National Geothermal Student Competition, which will provide up to
$100,000 to fund as many as 10 collegiate teams to participate in the
competition. Student teams will be required to conduct extensive research on
the geothermal energy potential of the Rio Grande Rift geologic province,
located in southeastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico. Each team will
produce sets of data that assess a suite of geologic, engineering,
environmental, land use, policy and cultural issues that are crucial to future
geothermal development in the United States.
Rio Grande Rift is a high potential, but relatively undeveloped, geothermal
region that is representative of the geothermal potential in other areas in the
National Geothermal Student Competition is open to all colleges, universities
and other post-secondary institutions in the United States. To participate in
the competition, teams should submit proposals through DOE’s National Renewable
Energy Laboratory (www.nrel.gov) Request for Proposals link on its Business
Opportunities Web page. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate based on
a competitive review of the proposals. Proposals are due Nov. 12, 2010.