zzzGeothermal Continuing Education Course Despcription

Topics Include:

  • Geothermal 101
  • Geothermal System Design Overview
  • Variations in GHP Ground Loop Systems
  • Choosing the Right Geothermal HVAC System
  • Evaluating the Benefits of Geothermal Systems

 Geothermal 101 Ground Source Heat Pumps for Beginners
For those who are new to geothermal heating and cooling, this workshop will give you a basic understanding of the technology and its advantages.  For those whose job is understanding how GSHPs might fit into a given project, Jay's colorful and compelling presentation could prove invaluable.

Geothermal System Design Overview
This section will outline the basic scientific concepts of geothermal heating and cooling. Using clear and basic pictures and principles, the student will learn how it is that all of the heating or cooling needs for an application can come from the renewable and sustainable temperature of the earth beneath a building. From a fundamentals and design perspective the workshop will be applying the laws of thermodynamics to HVAC systems, basics of the refrigeration cycle, and calculating heating & cooling loads. Also included will be a discussion of the effect of air flow & insulation, how comfort is measured and understanding how to quantify efficiency for GHP systems. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED self report credit.

 Understanding Variations in GHP Ground Loop Systems
This workshop will discuss the various geothermal ground loop system options and help you understand which one may be best suited for a given building. Closed loop systems include horizontal ground loops, vertical ground loops, pond/lake loops and direct exchange. Applications for open loop systems (Class V Thermal Exchange using groundwater) of both single well and two-well systems will also be covered. Depending on the size and complexity of the building(s) there are opportunities for thermal load sharing and incorporation of mini-grids. Information will also be presented on evaluating topography, measuring soil conductivity and selection of the best location for a ground-loop system. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED self-report credit.

 Choosing the Right Geothermal System Type
There are several options for the internal mechanical arrangements for GHP systems, starting with a more centralized approach (e.g., chiller plant) or choosing to have distributed water-source heat pumps. This workshop will present a discussion of the basic approaches and components of GHP internal building systems with options for domestic hot water. Load side distribution systems are typically forced air, hydronic or some combination. In addition to space conditioning, examples of using geothermal as a method to heat swimming pools will be given. Like all mechanical systems in buildings, a properly designed and installed geothermal system will require some level of monitoring to establish and, possibly improve, its performance. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED self-report credit.

 Evaluating the Benefits of GHPs Through Case Studies
The many benefits of geothermal systems can be overlooked if you don't look at the whole picture. This workshop will discuss the economic and environmental benefits with ways to quantify them. We will explore the calculations of lifetime cost analysis and the influence of applicable financial incentives offered through utility or state government programs. It will also present a range of examples of geothermal systems – with information about their design considerations, capacities, operating performance and level of maintenance required. 1 PDH, AIA, BPI and/or LEED self-report credit.

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