Tag: geothermal heating

Geothermal heating is the direct use of geothermal energy for heating applications. Humans have taken advantage of geothermal heat this way since the Paleolithic era. Approximately seventy countries made direct use of a total of 270 PJ of geothermal heating in 2004. As of 2007, 28 GW of geothermal heating capacity is installed around the world, satisfying 0.07% of global primary energy consumption. Thermal efficiency is high since no energy conversion is needed, but capacity factors tend to be low (around 20%) since the heat is mostly needed in the winter.

SWANA News

SWANA News

Excellence in 2017
Honorees recognized at WASTECON®
The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that demonstrate the highest practices through their commitment to using effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and

SWANA Welcomes New President for Fiscal Year 2018

SWANA Welcomes New President for Fiscal Year 2018

Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is excited to welcome Jeffrey Murray, P.E. as SWANA’s new President for Fiscal Year 2018.

Murray is an Associate and the Solid Waste Section Manager with HDR in Raleigh, North Carolina and is a registered Professional Engineer in North

Geothermal Technology

Geothermal Technology

Although mankind and nature can seem to be at odds with each other, sometimes human intervention is needed to protect and maintain the beauty and utility of the natural world—and human inventions can help keep new development sustainable.

Pittsburgh’s Commitment to Sustainability Driving Development of Innovative Solutions to Stormwater, Energy Use, and Shale Development Challenges

Pittsburgh’s Commitment to Sustainability Driving Development of Innovative Solutions to Stormwater, Energy Use, and Shale Development Challenges

Pittsburgh’s commitment to a sustainable future is driving the development of innovative solutions and new, green technologies that address the challenges of reducing energy usage, addressing stormwater issues caused by aging and inadequate infrastructure, and reducing the environmental impacts of shale gas development.

These efforts and more are captured in detail

HVAC Payback

HVAC Payback

If owners of commercial office buildings can incorporate variable-frequency drives (VFDs) into their HVAC systems, more often than not they probably should, says Pete Miceli, vice president, regional engineering manager for real estate service, development, and investment management at Transwestern’s Midwest office. Recently, Transwestern installed VFDs for supply and return

The Business Case for Sustainable Energy Systems

The Business Case for Sustainable Energy Systems

When Bob Bechtold started along the path toward smart building a couple of decades ago, the term had yet to gain widespread popularity. Exploring his passion for renewable energy during the 1980s, he installed his first wind turbine and geothermal heating system, at his home. Later, he began to think that he

Smart Buildings for Intelligent Savings

Smart Buildings for Intelligent Savings

When Bob Bechtold started along the path toward smart building a couple of decades ago, the term had yet to gain widespread popularity. Exploring his passion for renewable energy during the 1980s, he installed his first wind turbine and geothermal heating system, at his home. Later, he began to think that he

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