A team of EVEN students recently took third place at the 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition.
The University of Colorado Team featured undergraduate students Calvin Malkoski, Natalie Alvarado, Alise Gladbach, Alex Martin, and Titus Ellison. Together, they designed a geothermal heat pump for the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County.
The pump is designed to lower natural gas emissions for heating during the winter months while also being able to act as an air conditioner during the warmer months. Their system can produce four times the energy required to run, making it a fantastic renewable resource.
The competition, sponsored by the Department of Energy, aims to prepare “students to scale up geothermal technologies in a way that prioritizes individual communities and their unique needs,” says Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman. The event, hosted annually, hopes to inspire the next generation of geothermal technologies.
As part of their third-place finish, the team won $2,500 in funding for their design. In addition, University of Colorado Boulder also received $10,000 for their ongoing support.