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.

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

FUNDAMENTALS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY: Technologies, Applications, Strategies (prep: REP Certification)

This 3-day program is designed to provide the specific training needed by professionals preparing to sit for AEE’s Renewable Energy Professional (REP) certification exam.

The program provides an in-depth overview of alternative energy sources, application technologies, renewable energy project goal setting and implementation strategies. Topics include wind power systems, solar thermal

Geothermal Moves From the Ground Up – Part 2

Geothermal Moves From the Ground Up – Part 2

An open-loop well is very much the same as a standing column. The only difference is that the open loop can be used in more applications, though it is the most common with the standing column scenario. With an open-loop well, water can be pumped from one well and returned

Largest All-Geothermal Residential Community in US

Largest All-Geothermal Residential Community in US

OKLAHOMA CITY, January 29, 2015 In partnership with manufacturer’s distributor Corken Steel Products Company and geothermal driller Bucher Services, ClimateMaster Inc. announces the groundbreaking of Louisville, Kentucky traditional neighborhood development Norton Commons’ North Village residential community.   With all 1,800 lots of the community being pre-drilled with geothermal borehole fields,

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