TU Delft students developed a game that teaches the player about the mechanics of geothermal energy. In their own words;
” Burning fossil fuels is a big part of our heat production. Since this process is both non-renewable and polluting, finding other options is important. A clean and underutilized alternative is geothermal energy. However, it is often not considered due to sheer ignorance or misconcep-tions. HotPipe is a serious game designed to alleviate these problems, particularly among youth populations. Players control a drill to create geothermal wells solving a variety of puzzles, which introduce relevant cases for geothermal heating and show what geothermal wells are made of. The game focuses primarily on conveying the concepts of water circu- lation, relation between temperature and depth, and rock type proprieties. From our game evaluation, players revealed a solid improvement on their geothermal energy knowledge.”
Liam Mac an Bhaird, Mohammed Al Owayyed, Ronald van Driel, Huinan Jiang, Runar A. Johannessen, Nestor Z. Salamon, J. Timothy Balint, and Rafael Bidarra
To read their report click here
or click here to give it a try yourself!