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A Dream Comes True…..
About 5 years ago, I start thinking about how to make Geo-thermal more affordable. The obvious step was to speed up drilling and, most importantly for me for slightly selfish reasons, make the whole area clean during this process. Working with our prototype clean drilling machine, everything turned out even dirtier than using a typical machine. But, slowly by perfecting the process, two years later we have accomplished this goal.
The first “Clean Drilling System” machine called GES – 01! Small, compact, and based on Case combination backhoe loader, this machine was perfect for small- and medium-sized jobs. But, for large jobs where the drilling process must start on a larger scale, it was way too small. With two international trucks serving as its base, our new Drilling machine drove up to its first job two weeks ago. Now, we finally have everything for Geo-Thermal…
Wait. Why are we calling it Geo-Thermal if Geo-Thermal uses hot water springs, and steam comes from geysers? In our case, we use the temperature of the earth’s crust, which is approximately constant. This permanent temperature is the basis of our process, so why we can’t use the name Geo-Perm instead.
Geologically Permanent Crust Temperature – in short Geo-Perm. Certainly a multi-million dollar industry can afford its own name. But that’s not the point of this story. So, where was I? Ah yes, the large Drilling machine is finally done and drilling. Drilling Clean, drilling Fast, saving Water and Money. And CDS is alive and well. Very soon we can present publicly for the first time the working horse of Geo-Perm industry – a machine designed for Geo-Perm, where the working area is Clean, where the Operators are Dry and Clean, and where we save tremendous amounts of clean water. Combination Drilling Rig – CDS – 100A. Even today some dreams come true.

By Walter F. Bochenek of Green Energy Solutions U.S., Inc.

Posted February 23rd, 2011 by JenniferDanzinger

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

Quote from Dick Shelton, former director of Facilities Services at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center:
“I can only say positive things about the geothermal system that we installed in the Cancer Center. We originally had the old style heat pump system with resistance heater strips. We conditioned 10,000 sq. ft. at an average cost of $8,500 per year.  The new system is averaging $100/month, or $1,200 annually to condition the same space. Maintenance has been practically nonexistent on the new system; the space is comfortable year around and we have not received any complaints from the occupants. This is a rare occurrence in my profession. I cannot say enough about this system. It achieved the desired results and has exceeded my expectations.”

The hospital’s new 9,200 square foot Cancer Center is conditioned with a vertical loop retrofit geothermal system.

System tonnage: 20
Estimated incremental system payback: 6.01 years

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
Back to Case StudiesRegional Cancer Center
1000 Heath Center Dr.
Mattoon, IL  61938

Posted November 16th, 2010 by JohnFreitag

Fouts Christian Church Goes Geo

Quote from the Fouts Christian Church elders:
“The geothermal system has been a wonderful asset to our new building. We are thrilled with the economic cost for our heating and cooling needs and even temperatures it provides.”

The new 14,200 square foot church facility uses a geothermal system with vertical loops.

System tonnage: 40
Estimated incremental system payback: 3.16 years

Fouts Christian Church
W. Dix-Irvington Rd.
Centralia, IL  62801

Posted November 16th, 2010 by JohnFreitag

Bureau Township Community Church’s New Geo Unit

Quote from Pastor Marvin Claaussen:
“The system is working great, and we keep recommending it. We’ve found that it has really heated and cooled the building great.”

The church’s new 6,248 square foot Family Life Center is conditioned by a vertical loop geothermal system.

System tonnage: 15
Estimated incremental payback on project: 6.04 years

Bureau Township Community Church
19914 300 North Avenue
Tiskilwa, IL  61368

Posted November 16th, 2010 by JohnFreitag

New Category of Geothermal Heat Pumps Can Now Earn the Energy Star

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing new requirements for residential geothermal heat pumps (GHPs), enabling water-to-water geothermal heat pumps to earn the Energy Star label for the first time. EPA’s stringent specifications for this new category of geothermal heat pumps will help protect the environment and reduce energy costs, because GHPs that meet the new standards will be up to 45 percent more efficient than conventional pumps.

Geothermal heat pumps use ground temperature air instead of outside air to provide heating, cooling and often water heating. GHPs can be installed in new and existing homes. Because they use the constant temperature of the earth, GHPs are among the most efficient heating and cooling technologies currently available in the marketplace.

EPA worked with industry stakeholders to revise the requirements in response to growing consumer demand for water-to-water geothermal heat pumps.

Water-to-water geothermal heat pumps provide heating and cooling and/or water heating to a building using liquid rather than forced air

The new requirements for water-to-water equipment complements existing efficiency and performance requirements for water-to-air and direct geoexchange GHP models. Homeowners who install geothermal heat pumps with the Energy Star are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.

More information on the heat pumps: http://www.energystar.gov/ghp

More information on the tax credit: http://www.energystar.gov/taxcredits

Contact Information:
Enesta Jones
jones.enesta@epa.gov
202-564-7873
202-564-4355

Posted October 26th, 2010 by JohnFreitag

Geothermal Heat Pumps for Consumers

A new ENERGY STAR specification for geothermal heat pumps (114KB) went into effect on December 1, 2009. The new specification allows water-to-water GHPs to immediately be eligible to qualify for the label. On average, ENERGY STAR qualified products covered under this new specification will be over 45 percent more energy efficient than standard options.

Anticipating advances in technology in the coming years, EPA has set more stringent efficiency requirements to ensure that ENERGY STAR continues to represent top performers in this category.

New requirements for water-to-air and direct geoexchange GHP models will take effect on January 1, 2011. Even more stringent levels will go into effect for water-to-water and water-to-air models on January 1, 2012.

As of December 1, 2009 homeowners who install geothermal heat pumps with the ENERGY STAR are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit. Learn more.

Geothermal heat pumps are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but use the ground instead of outside air to provide heating, air conditioning and, in most cases, hot water. Because they use the earth’s natural heat, they are among the most efficient and comfortable heating and cooling technologies currently available.

Remember, saving energy prevents pollution. By choosing ENERGY STAR and taking steps to optimize the performance of your heating and cooling equipment, you are helping to prevent global warming and promoting cleaner air while enhancing the comfort of your home.

You may also be interested to know:

Though these products can be more expensive to purchase up front, the cost difference will be paid back over time through lower energy bills.

When buying new equipment, sizing and installation are as important as product quality.

You can get better heating and cooling performance at home with ENERGY STAR home sealing (insulation and air sealing) and duct sealing.

Consider regular maintenance to maintain your heating and cooling system performance.

Posted October 26th, 2010 by JohnFreitag