GCHP systems are being employed in a wide range of applications. Many systems have been installed in residential applications, mostly homes outside of urban areas, where there is space to install a GHX or connect to a water well. School boards started installing GCHP systems in the 1980's and '90's. The Lincoln County School Board in Nebraska has converted many of their existing schools and all new schools are designed with geothermal systems. Even a 1.5 million square foot (140,000 m2) retail shopping mall is being built with a GCHP pump system. What about applications for the technology in agricultural applications?
There is a need to store fruit and vegetables, cool and store milk, control the temperature of various products, dry grains, maintain comfortable conditions for animals and simply heat and/or cool a range of buildings and homes. Some applications GCHP systems have been used in agriculture include:
In my blog I'll be expressing my opinions about what I've the learned about ground coupled heat pump (GCHP) systems over the last 30 years. I've been very fortunate to work with many interesting people who are passionate about this technology...engineers, geologists, mechanical contractors, drillers, excavation contractors...in different parts of the world. I've learned a lot from them and will be using this forum to pass on some of the things I've learned and feel are important. Please feel free to use this information if you feel it's worthwhile...hopefully you can avoid some of the same mistakes I've learned from.