Learning geothermal energy basics with the serious game hotpipe

Liam Mac An Bhaird, Mohammed Al Owayyed, Ronald van Driel, Huinan Jiang, Runar A. Johannessen, Nestor Z. Salamon, J. Timothy Balint, Rafael Bidarra

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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 misconceptions. 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 circulation, relation between temperature and depth, androck type proprieties. From our game evaluation, players revealed a solid improvement on their geothermal energy knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGames and Learning Alliance
Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference, GALA 2019, Proceedings
EditorsAntonios Liapis, Georgios N. Yannakakis, Manuel Gentile, Manuel Ninaus
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-34350-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-34349-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event8th International Conference on Games and Learning Alliance, GALA 2019 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 27 Nov 201929 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference8th International Conference on Games and Learning Alliance, GALA 2019


  • Doublet
  • Drilling
  • Geothermal heating
  • Puzzle
  • Renewable energy
  • Sandstone
  • Serious games

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