Archive for May, 2012

New ClimateMaster Heat Pump Sets Record

New ClimateMaster Heat Pump Sets Record

Over 50 years ago, several geothermal heat pump brands came together under the single entity of ClimateMaster.  Throughout the ensuing years, ClimateMaster has continued to produce high quality geothermal heat pump and participated as an active leader in the industry.  One of their many contributions to the industry was their initiation of the legislation that led to the 30% tax credit now available for geothermal installations.  Just recently they have raised the bar again in the geother ...

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Geothermal Heat Pumps in the U.S. and Europe

Geothermal Heat Pumps in the U.S. and Europe

Already back in 1852 the concept of moving heat from a place of lower to higher temperature was invented and the first sketches of the heat pump were laid out. However, it wasn’t before a century later, an inventor with the name Robert Webber, coined the technology known as geothermal heat pumps (GHP). Since then, commercial popularity has increased tremendously. The technology has a worldwide annual growth of 10% - one of the fastest growing ways of harnessing renewable energy. Since geoth ...

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Solar vs. Geothermal

Solar vs. Geothermal

I get a lot of questions about when solar makes sense vs. geothermal. Both alternative energy technologies harness the power of the sun. Solar captures the energy of the sun by exciting electrons in silicon and capturing that energy in wires. Geothermal takes advantage of the solar heat stored in the ground, which is ~50-55 degrees year round just a few feet below the surface. The four questions to ask yourself before making the plunge! Where do you live? For many, this is the single biggest ...

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A Geothermal Community in Cape Cod

A Geothermal Community in Cape Cod

  Provincetown, MA has always been known as a place full of potential.  Located on the outermost tip of the stretch of Cape Cod, it was here where the Pilgrims decided to land and sign the Mayflower Compact in 1620.  In addition to its historic significance, it is also serving as a place full of potential and innovation in the geothermal industry.  Recently a team has come together to create a unique geothermal system design where a single loop field supplies a community of ten differ ...

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Financing Cuts Upfront Geothermal Cost!

Financing Cuts Upfront Geothermal Cost!

What is the biggest factor holding back geothermal heat pumps from being the most widely used heating and air conditioning systems?  Upfront cost..  According to a study by the Geo-Heat Institute at the Oregon Institute of Technology, high installation cost of the ground loop is rated as the number one barrier to entry for geothermal heat pumps.  While using the temperature underground to heat and cool a building is extremely efficient, it does require the additional cost to install a groun ...

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