The cost of installing a ground loop for Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) system is as much or more than the cost of the remainder of the hardware and labor to install a complete GSHP system. This high cost, considered the main barrier to greater adoption, is driven by labor and equipment amortization costs associated with drilling wells/boreholes or large area horizontal loop fields.
A new, thermally superior, ground loop heat exchanger design along with equipment to insert the heat exchanger into the ground at a rapid rate is being developed. This technology can cut the cost of the ground loop for ground source heat pumps (geothermal heat pumps) by half. Disturbance of the landscape is also minimized.
More GSHP’s will be installed, more energy will be saved and more building occupants will be kept comfortable by this efficient heating/cooling system. Building owners save money. Installers will install more systems. Peak loads for utilities will be reduced and CO2 emissions will diminish. Read More