Utah FORGE is dedicated to informing and educating in order to prepare tomorrow’s geothermal workforce through outreach and education of teachers, students, and the public.

Utah FORGE Overview

What is the Utah Forge Project? Utah Forge aims to research and develop EGS technology that could be used to generate power using geothermal energy. The project will involve drilling of two wells underground, create fractures to develop reservoirs, and circulate water through the wells and reservoir to heat the water using underground heat.


Designed and created by Dr. Butterfield and his outreach team, the modules display key scientific principles behind the Utah FORGE project. These hands-on teaching modules educate scientific concepts at an easier and more friendly level to students and the general publics to understand. These modules include detailed instructions for K-12 educators, along with curricular ties, and assessment tools.

Thermoelectric Human Power

The temperature difference between human hands and cold water or ice is used to create electricity and demonstrate the use of a temperature difference to extract usable energy.

Turbine Electric Generator

As a turbine is made to spin, be it from flowing steam in a coal or geothermal power plant, or from wind turning a wind turbine, it generates electricity for our homes and businesses. In this module, you will use the power of your lungs to turn a turbine and create electricity.

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