Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Technology, Applications and Economics
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Tuesday, November 29, 2022
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CST (including a 30-min. break)
Applying the Laws of Thermodynamics to Geothermal Heat Pumps and Indoor Thermal Comfort
Applying the laws of thermodynamics to HVAC systems
Understanding the refrigeration cycle
Calculating heating and cooling loads
The effect of airflow and insulation
How comfort is measured
Understanding Earth Loop Systems
Architecture of closed loop systems
• Horizontal ground loops
• Vertical ground loops
Applications for open loop systems
• Single well
• Two-well systems
Measuring soil conductivity
Environments for ground-loop systems: beneath yards, fields, parking lots and buildings
Designing Geothermal Systems
Determining loop type
Making heat loss calculations
Sizing the unit
Sizing the loop
Choosing System Components
Basic components of geothermal heat pump systems: pump, compressor, heat exchanger
Forced air systems
Domestic hot water options
The Economics of Geothermal Systems
Tax and utility incentives to use geothermal
Calculating savings and life-cycle costs
Integrating geothermal with other renewable/energy efficiency systems
Maintaining Geothermal Systems
Performing routine maintenance
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6.5 HSW CE Hours
6.5 AIA LU|HSW
International Code Council:
.65 CEUs (Building)
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Duane Crawford Dakota Geo Consultants, LLC
Mr. Crawford is a consultant and contractor specializing in drilling, geothermal capacitors, geothermal design and geothermal development. He has 46 years of experience in drilling, and over 29 years of experience in geothermal design and construction. Mr. Crawford has designed and constructed horizontal and vertical ground heat exchangers, and his alternative designs include pond loop, single well pump-and-dump, thermal capacitors, and solar-assisted ground source heat pump configurations. He has been involved in pioneering research in thermal capacitors under the registered trademark name DEWECEL for balancing and enhancing performance and efficiency in the application of ground source heat pumps. He has designed and constructed geothermal systems in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Canada, and Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Mr. Crawford has worked in the water development industry since 1976. Geothermal development and design since 1993.
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Course Title: Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Technology, Applications and Economics
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture course covers the how the laws of thermodynamics apply to geothermal heat pumps, earth loop systems, design of geothermal systems, system type selection, the benefits of geothermal systems, and geothermal system maintenance.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe geothermal heat pump theory, including how the laws of thermal dynamics apply to geothermal heat pumps, the refrigeration cycle, calculating heating and cooling loads, how comfort is measured, and efficiency.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain the benefits of geothermal heat pump systems, including performance, cost savings, environmental advantages, and available incentives.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe how site conditions impact geothermal heat pump design, including site topography, soil conductivity, and site usage.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to differentiate closed loop systems and open loop systems, determine which system is appropriate for particular projects, size the unit and the loop, make heat loss calculations, write a Request for Proposal, and write driller specifications.
LUs: 6.5 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with HVAC systems
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 06/25/2024
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