Utilizing Geothermal Energy

Published On October 19, 2016 | By Jadri Antiro | Energy

Even though most people think about solar and wind energy when they think about environmentally friendly sustainable energy, there are other forms of renewable energy available for you to use in your home or business. Solar and wind energy is dependent on climate and weather patterns, so in the wrong conditions you can be left without power.  Geothermal energy and the use of heat pumps can reduce your heating energy cost by up to 80% and you don’t have to worry about the weather affecting the system. NIBE, a company out of Markaryd, Sweden, offers geothermal heating solutions that can fit into any budget or location.

Because ground water and soil typically doesn’t lose or gain heat very quickly, Geothermal energy and heating sources can use that constant and renewable source of energy to heat air and water within a structure with ease. The installation is fairly straight-forward and inexpensive, and the team at NIBE can help you determine what system would best fit your environment and your heating and energy needs. Several governments now recognize geothermal power as a source of renewable energy and are subsiding their purchase and installation. They are doing so in hopes that switching to alternative sources of power will help reduce their carbon footprint and help the environment.

To install one of these systems, pipes are place in the ground, either in a groundwater supply or below the frost line in ground soil. Solar energy from the sun get transferred into the ground via rainwater and direct sunlight in the form of heat. Geothermal pumps collect that heat energy in the pipes and circulates it to a unit inside your home in order to harness the energy within. Proper planning for one of these systems is of the utmost importance as buildings or pour concrete and asphalt will prevent they system from working properly.

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The pipes are traditionally filled with a mixture of water and glycol which get circulated through the piping. Because of the glycol, the water will evaporate when raise to the temperature of the soil or groundwater around it. This evaporated substance is then routed with a compression pump back up into the main unit. The main unit condenses the refrigerant, using the energy transfer to heat and power the system, while returning the refrigerant back to the pipes to be re-circulated. This system can also be offset by solar panels on the roof, which help give the geothermal system a rest every now and again, or with the use of exhaust air heat pumps, which recycles the wasted warm air created by stoves and other heat-producing mechanisms back into the heating of air within the structure.

NIBE offers a wide selection of various geothermal heating options. Their friendly, professional, and knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you find the system that best fits your environment and your budget. Installation is not difficult at all, and if you don’t have a specific NIBE installer in your area, the system comes with detailed instructions so that your local contractor can assist with the setup of the system.

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