Exploring Geothermal Installation Models

December 5, 2014

Creating an energy conservation strategy means committing to innovative thinking and having the temerity to incorporate new technologies. Surprisingly, new technology isn't always where these ideas come from. Consulting engineers actually find today's solutions in yesteryear. That last sentence might read as a mishmash of past, present, and future, but the seed of truth is contained there. In clarifying our thinking, let's say that every invention we have today is built upon the foundations of history. This is the case with geothermal energy, a source of passive temperature management that has been around for millennia.

The Chinese and ancient Romans were adept at capturing these subterranean resources, but modern geothermal energy is actually something quite different from this ancient model. In fact, today's engineers cut out the middle man, water, by employing the linear regulation of heat produced deep in the ground, keeping homes cool in the summer and hot in the winter, a scenario any seasoned miner is well aware of. Check out some of the options being installed in homes today, and explore a technology that's simple yet so very effective.

The Practical Principles of an Operating Geothermal System

Energy produced by the sun is instantly absorbed by solar panels, but the majority of the sun's rays hit the ground and are absorbed into the rock and dirt. The Earth acts as a gigantic heat sink, a situation we can take advantage of by digging trenches and installing loops of tubing to absorb this trapped heat while simultaneously capturing the heat generated deep below the many layers of the planet. A practical arrangement involves the aforementioned shallow trench, the installation of a closed loop of tubes, and an environmentally friendly pump to deliver the heat to the home.

Variations on a Theme

Conduct a ground survey to ascertain the constituent components of the local soil and define the subsurface geology around the structure. Next, a decision is taken by a consulting engineer based on the evaluated data. The result could be a series of horizontal tubes installed mere feet below the ground or a well packed with horizontal pipes that penetrate deep down, reaching into a groundwater reservoir.

Thanks to the installation of this direct geothermal system, the median temperature of our planet takes on the role of a regulating mechanism, keeping home or office complex evenly cooled or warm independent of the season and locale of the building.

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