Geothermal Heating and Cooling: Technology, Applications, and Economics
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Wednesday, September 15, 2021
8:00 am – 3:30 pm CDT
(incl. a 30-min break)
Jay Egg, CMC
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 air flow and insulation
How comfort is measured
Understanding Earth Loop Systems
The hidden assets of geothermal technologies
Solar energy in the earth
Architecture of closed loop systems
• Horizontal ground loops
• Vertical ground loops
• Direct exchange systems
• Thermal load sharing
Applications for open loop (Class V Thermal Exchange) 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 and sizing the loop
Writing a request for proposal (RFP)
Writing a driller specification
HS2 hydronic design software
Choosing System Type
Distributed GHPs or chiller plants
Basic components of geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems:
pumps, condenser, water piping, heat pump, heat exchanger
Forced air systems
Domestic hot water options
Geothermal swimming pool heaters
Evaluating the Benefits of Geothermal Systems
Incentives to use geothermal
Calculating savings and cost
Tax credits, incentives and rebates
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Maintaining Geothermal Systems
Performing routine maintenance on GHPs
Loop maintenance (automatic or periodic)
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6.5 HSW CE Hours
AIA: (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
International Code Council:
.65 CEUs (Building)
Continuing Education Credit Information
Geothermal Heating and Cooling:
Technology, Applications, and Economics
This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing
education hours to architects licensed in all states.
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After serving in the US Navy nuclear power field, Jay Egg began a career in mechanical design engineering & contracting in 1990, and founded EggGeothermal in Florida to provide HVAC solutions to the public. As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Mr. Egg wrote two books for McGraw-Hill Education, and Sustainable HVAC entered into a new age of acceptance. Mr. Egg currently focuses his professional efforts as a renewable energy expert on renewable and sustainable energy, solar and geothermal exchange implementation. Among his clients are international, federal, state and local governments; developers; associations; and private entities.
Mr. Egg is a voting member on the IGHSPA Advocacy Committee, the Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Technical and the Uniform Mechanical Code Committee (UMC) for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Professionals (IAPMO); training and curriculum writer/facilitator for IGSHPA and for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); and technical adviser to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Province of Ontario, Canada on renewable heating and cooling.
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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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