IGSHPA Technical Conference and Expo
October 9-10, 2013
Pre-Conference Training Begins October 7

South Point Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

2013 Conference Program
Wednesday, October 9
7:30 AM
Registration Opens
 
8:00 AM
Grand Ballroom B Opening Session - Welcoming Remarks
Introductions & IGSHPA Membership/Training Updates

Jim Bose, Executive Director; Jack Henrich, IGSHPA Advisory Council Chair; Jack DiEnna, IGSHPA Marketing & Membership Committee Co-Chair: Chris Smith, IGSHPA Marketing & Membership Committee Co-Chair; Oklahoma State University Welcome by Ed Kirtley, Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology.
 
8:30 AM
Platinum Sponsor Presenter
Richard Soper, Regional President, TTNA-Bosch

Mr. Richard A. Soper, Regional President Bosch Thermotechnology Corporation, will present the current state of the Ground Source Geo Thermal industry including educational initiatives, favorable conditions in the marketplace, what we must do collectively as an industry, and opportunities for the collective future.
 
9:00 AM
Keynote: The Inevitable Sustainable Future
Eric Corey Freed, Principal Architect, organicARCHITECT

The next generation of buildings will have to do better than just energy efficiency and recycled materials. Our lack of foresight has made our buildings toxic, wasteful and unaffordable. Simply “being less bad” isn’t enough and will delay our progress for generations. In order to undo the damage of the past, we need innovative, new models for how to build deep green, bio-based buildings.
 
10:00 AM
Exhibit Hall
Break
 
10:30 AM
Redwood
Session A: Manufacturers
FHP Bosch Group - New LV Product - Introduction/Overview
Greg Kurtz, FHP Bosch Group

The NEW option-rich LV water-to-air heat pump product offers one of the smallest cabinet’s in the industry making it the best choice for replacement opportunities with a focus toward commercial and industrial structures. This includes any application where good indoor air quality, consistent space temperatures, quiet operation, and low energy consumption is a key specification.
 
10:30 AM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
Commissioning to School Systems
Phil Schoen, GeoEnterprises, Inc.

An overview of the commissioning process based on the case study of Will Rogers Elementary School in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
 
10:30 AM
Joshua
Session C: Marketing
Breaking Down the Barrier Both Real and Imagined and Moving the Industry Forward

Jack DiEnna, Geothermal National & International Initiative
 
10:30 AM
Palm
Session D: Updates - U.S. & International
DOE Certification Standard for GSHP Installation Personnel
John Kelly, GEO-Geothermal Exchange Organization

This session will report on the completion of the U.S. Department of Energy project to create a national certification standard for all primary personnel involved in the design and installation of geothermal heat pump systems. This project was conducted under a DOE grant to GEO, IGSHPA and ORNL, with support from the National Ground Water Association, Meline Engineering and the Colorado Geo Energy & Heat Pump Association. The standard builds on IGSHPA’s successful training and accreditation programs, and is designed to increase customer confidence in GSHPs, reduce the potential for improperly installed systems, and assure product quality and performance.
 
11:15 AM
Redwood
Session A: Manufacturers
Outdoor Splits - Endless Opportunities
Steve Smith, Enertech Global LLC

The geothermal heating and cooling industry has not been spared from the wrath of the difficult times in this economic downturn. What was once a predominantly new construction market, has now given way to retrofit installations. Enertech Global, LLC offers the RT outdoor split series, which has proven to be the answer to many retrofit applications. This new product line opens up an untapped market with endless opportunities. Learn how easy it is to design and install an outdoor split, then watch your sales grow!
 
11:15 AM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
Net Zero School Performs with Geothermal Heat Pumps
Don Penn, Don Penn Consulting Engineer/IEG Ltd.

Imagine a school that was designed and built to produce as much energy on site as it consumes from the electric grid. This session reviews actual energy and performance data from Irving ISD’s NET ZERO middle school that opened for the 2011-2012 school year transforming the way we think about renewable solutions for buildings. The objectives, design, and engineering strategies (Geothermal Heat Pumps, Wind and Solar) incorporated in the design of the country’s first NET ZERO Middle School and largest NET ZERO School in the US will also be reviewed.
 
11:15 AM
Joshua
Session C: Marketing
Energy Efficiency is Over-Stated and Over-Rated: Let’s Market the Tangibles of Geo
Jay Egg, Renewable Energy Experts

This Marketing Track Course will cover the selling points of geothermal HVAC systems using a more practical and tangible alignment of priorities by focusing on the needs of building owners based on trends in the market. Particularly, many consumer/owners have grown weary of hearing [inflated] claims of energy efficiency from all sectors. This gives a fresh perspective in light of recent storm related equipment damage (New York Times), and general longevity of geothermal equipment, aesthetics, and peripherals common to geothermal HVAC technologies. Generally, the course will outline the marketing of geothermal systems on the following points in this order: 1. Elimination of outdoor equipment, 2. Storm proofing (NYT), 3. Longevity of system, 4. Elimination of fresh water consumption (cooling towers), 5. Elimination of fossil fuel consumption (on-site), 6. Superior comfort in heating and cooling modes, 7. Enabling thermal load sharing, 8. Efficiency of system
 
11:15 AM
Palm
Session D: Updates - U.S. & International
GSHP Application & Development in China
Alfred Ng, ANG Engineering & Xu Wei, China Academy of Building Research

Alfred Ng - Will provide an introduction of how Mammoth entered the GSHP business in China leveraging its Total Energy Solution concept and becoming one of the recognized leaders.

Xu Wei - Will provide an overview of China’s GSHP industry along with its key statistics, governmental policies, and future projections.
 
12:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Lunch
 
1:30 PM
Redwood
Session A: Manufacturers
What It Takes to Sell a Geoexchange System In Today’s World
Jay Hammond , GeoMaster LLC

This presentation will cover what I believe is the hardest part of being in the geothermal industry - teaching the average contractor to not only sell a geothermal system, but to insure that the system “sells” itself to other potential customers. With the advent of more “educated” customers and the information available on the Internet and other media, contractors need to be taught to properly use all of the tools available to make the sale. Tax credits simply aren’t the only sales tool that we can use.

In our current economic condition, tax credits are certainly a plus - but to some contractors they aren’t enough or have caused more competition, bad installations, or inflated the installation costs. I will discuss how to combat poor installations, how to properly present a geothermal system to the homeowner, and what to do after the installation to garner additional sales.
 
1:30 PM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
Geothermal: The Big Man on Campus
Jeff Urlaub, MEP Associates LLC

The steps and considerations when analyzing a potential new and converting an existing campus to a geothermal H/C plant. How a pond loop and vertical heat exchanger can be used in conjunction of one another to decrease first cost and offset a cooling dominant vertical loop field, and overview of large campus geothermal systems in operation.
 
1:30 PM
Joshua
Session C: Marketing
What is it with GSHPs?
Garen Ewbank, Ewbank Geo Testing LLC

Why is it different from solar, wind, hydro, bio-fuels, and other renewables? Why is it not the FIRST thing that comes into the public’s mind when they think of being sustainable and renewable? What are the federal tax laws doing for, or, against GSHPs when compared to the other renewables. What is going to happen after 2016 and the “tax credits” are gone? What is happening now?
This will be a critical conversation concerning our industry and where we want to be in the future.
 
1:30 PM
Palm
Session D: Updates - U.S. & International
Results From a Zero Energy Residence in Japan
Richard Gordon & Tei A. Gordon, Gordon Associates, Inc. & Shinji Takasugi, Geo System Co., Ltd.

The Shinji Takasugi residence was constructed in 2012 to test residential Zero-energy design concepts in Japan. A featured component is a Ground Coupled Heat Pump (GCHP) system using the G-Carpet (HyperLoop) ground heat exchange technology installed within the building foot print. Multiple heat exchanger configurations are being tested for optimal performance using both flat and edge installation. Monitoring of multiple points is summarized in this presentation providing detailed data on the G-Carpet ground heat exchange performance for use in future projects.
 
2:15 PM
Redwood
Session A: Manufacturers
System Integration
Howard Newton, Mammoth

Architectural and Engineering firms are frequently asking manufactures how systems can be designed to bring together a wide array of components from HVAC manufacturers to accomplish the goal of creating a unified, functioning system that meets the needs of the client. Systems Integration usually involves the selection of equipment and control components to determine a specific output, function, and customer satisfaction required for specific projects. Mammoth has taken on the responsibility of manufacturing complete systems solutions for both WSHP’s & Geothermal systems to capture, store, and move heat energy where required.
 
2:15 PM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
Lessons Learned - IKEA Furniture Store Hybrid GSHP System
Terry Proffer & Jack Major, Major Geothermal, Inc.

The 420,000 ft˛ retail store opened in July 2011 in Centennial, CO, experiencing various mechanical start-up problems. The mechanical system is driven by a closed loop GSHP system, hybridized using exterior radiant slab heat rejection and ice storage. Through ongoing “geo-janitorial” testing and resolution, primarily through redesign of controls architecture, the facility is now operating as intended with substantial improvements in comfort, reduced operating cost and greater reliability.
 
2:15 PM
Joshua
Session C: Marketing
The Growing Impact of Social Media Marketing
Paul Mosenson, MediaMark Spotlight

As businesses increasingly value social media strategy, critical questions arise– which venues, what content, how often, how to measure results? MediaMark Spotlight’s Paul Mosenson will answer these questions and offer key insights on social media marketing’s growing impact on branding, lead generation, search rankings, and converting prospects into buying customers.
 
2:15 PM
Palm
Session D: Updates - U.S. & International
CSA Group - C448 Geothermal Heat Pump Bi-National United States / Canadian Standard under the ANSI Project Initiation Notification System
Mark Metzner & Muktha Tumkur, CSA Group

CSA Standards is a leading American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited developer of standards, codes, guidelines and personnel certification programs. CSA Group will be proceeding with BSR*/CSA C448-201X, Design and Installation of Earth Energy Systems as a bi national American-Canadian consensus standard using a bi national committee. There are a number of related standards, guidelines and best practices available but stakeholders have identified the need for standardization through a neutral third party accredited process for the design and installation of geothermal heat pump systems as a priority. The standard is expected to harmonize the differences between existing resources, simplify referencing in regulations and contracts, incorporate the latest advancements, clarify compliance using standards language, and provide credibility through an accredited neutral standards development process.
 
3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Break
 
3:30 PM
Redwood
Session A: Manufacturers
The Advantages of HDPE
Sukhi Dhillon & Jennifer Schneider, Uponor Infra LTD

HDPE has been a reliable and advantageous material of choice in many infrastructure market places for quite some time. HDPE is the material of choice for ground loops in geothermal but many commercial systems are starting to utilize HDPE vaults vs the traditional steel and concrete vaults which pose risks and offer subpar performance.
 
3:30 PM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
Project Development West of the Rockies - A Report Card for GX/Hybrid and District Energy Systems
Cary Smith, Sound Geothermal Technologies

The presentation will have the owner’s view of the systems in Las Vegas and Death Valley along with a progress of Colorado Mesa University’s latest addition of a 2,000 ton extension to the existing GX district energy system.
 
3:30 PM
Joshua
Session C: Marketing
SEERs vs. EERs - Understanding the Difference between Marketing and Performance Values
Lisa Meline, Meline Engineering Corp.

One of the current trends in GSHP equipment EERs is definitely upwards. Do installed operating systems realize these values? How do you compare these values to energy efficient air-source heat pumps? What do these numbers tell us and what do they mean to the building owner? In this presentation a brief discussion about different equipment rating systems will be introduced followed by an example for determining mechanical system efficiencies. This approach may be used for comparing geothermal heat pump systems to emerging and conventional mechanical systems.
 
3:30 PM
Palm
Session D: Updates - U.S. & International
Ground Source Technician Education: The Oklahoma GSHP Initiative
Jim Bullington, Oklahoma Dept. of CareerTech.

Learn how Oklahoma can help initiate GSHP Technician education in your state to ensure a pipeline of technicians ready to support your installations. See how Oklahoma CareerTech Education partners with IGSHPA and vendors to bring GSHP training to existing HVAC classes. The goal? To improve technician training and prepare your state’s workforce to design, install, troubleshoot and repair GSHP systems.Donations, vendor discounts, and a comprehensive equipment, parts, and tool list are available as well as eCurriculum covering installation, troubleshooting, service and repair, as well as HDPE pipe fusion.
 
4:15 PM
Redwood
Session A: Manufacturers
Modine Geothermal Products – A Well-Grounded Solution
Jesse Robbennolt, Modine, Manufacturing Co.

For nearly a century, Modine has been a trusted name in HVAC. And today, that valuable brand is now an active player in the residential geothermal market with the introduction of the Geofinity product line. All residential units come equipped with the award-winning Orb controller, making it an even easier decision for contractors to switch to Modine. Also, contractors can learn all about the product line, as well as the latest installation trends, through Modine University, the company’s three-day geothermal training course featuring geo expert Tom Niesen. At this course, attendees get one full-day of product-training at Modine HQ, and another two days at Gateway Technical College, one of only two technical colleges in the U.S. that have a dedicated geothermal course and lab. Go to www.modinehvac.com/geofinity to learn more.
 
4:15 PM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
Making Ground Source Systems More Efficient
Kirk Mescher, CM Engineering, Inc.

A client in Kansas City converted their facility from rooftop units to ground source with the understanding that the facility would be more energy efficient. After two years of operation the ground source system was operating less efficiently than their old rooftops; WHY? After retro-commissioning the converted system, the system was retrofitted with a simplified pumping design in hopes that the operational difference would be eliminated. After the retrofit, the heating and cooling costs were reduced much more than anticipated, an average monthly HVAC energy savings of nearly 70%. How did this happen and why?
 
4:15 PM
Joshua
Session C: Marketing
Marketing GHP Advanced Applications that Deliver Competitive Advantage
Al Wallace, Energy Environmental Corp.

Integrated hydronic systems incorporating solar thermal, radiant floor cooling and heating, and hot water create competitive advantage for geothermal contractors. This seminar uses national award winning projects to present the technical and business requirements to market, design and install these advanced applications to the fastest growing market in the U.S.
 
4:15 PM
Palm
Session D: Updates - U.S. & International
Exploring the Potential for GSHP Uptake - An Integrated Approach to GSHP Deployment in the U.K.
Ross Donaldson, University of Strathclyde

Current research is focused on examining how geothermal energy can be coupled with factors affecting energy utilisation, which include understanding the demands of geothermal technology within the urban environment, and also how its use can assist in tackling fuel poverty. The Government run Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme allows cash back payments to be made to producers of renewable heat, which forms a critical element in exploring how all of these factors can aid in optimising geothermal energy usage within the RHI.
 
Thursday, October 10
8:00 AM
Exhibit Hall Open to Public Until 3:00 PM
 
8:30 AM
Redwood
Session A: New Applications
New Hybrid Geothermal Simulation Tools
Daniel Bernstein, GAIA Geothermal

Hybrid geothermal systems are both an opportunity and a risk. They are an opportunity because they can reduce upfront geothermal installation costs, balance loads and encourage more people to try geo. They are a risk because proper hybrid loopfield and mechanical equipment sizing can be a challenge. In this seminar, take a sneak peak at the new advanced hybrid design and simulation tools in GLD2014 that will help you size hybrid systems quickly and accurately.
 
8:30 AM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
How to Easily Convert an Air-Rotary Drill Rig to do Mud-Rotary Drilling of Geothermal Boreholes
Todd Giddings, Todd Giddings & Associates, Inc.

This presentation will show how easy it is to convert a standard air-rotary drill rig by adding a small mud pit hole-in-the-ground, a compressed-air driven diaphragm pump, a mixing funnel, a sand separator cyclone, and a couple of hoses so that you are now able to do mud-rotary drilling. This is a great way to grow your geothermal borehole drilling business when the formation requires mud-rotary drilling.
 
8:30 AM
Joshua
Session C: Technical/Innovation
The Importance of Hourly Energy Modeling
David Henrich, Thermal Dynamics

Hourly energy modeling is beginning to take hold in the building information modeling world. Come see why hourly loads are superior to monthly loads and how hourly loads can be used to design more accurate, better performing loop fields.
 
8:30 AM
Palm
Session D: Trainer’s Update
CGD Plus Update
Ed Lohrenz, Geo-Xergy Systems, Inc.
 
9:15 AM
Redwood
Session A: New Applications
GHPs Save Heating Cost and Improve Air Quality in Poultry Farm
Shawn Xu, University of Missouri

Ground source heat pumps have been designed and installed in a commercial turkey farm in Cooper County, Missouri, as an alternative to heating by propane. Propane is the only option for most poultry farmers in rural areas of the U.S. Challenging requirements of poultry farm heating include high baseline prices of propane, indoor temperature requirements as high as 92° Fahrenheit, and long heating hours annually, make heating fuel the largest operation cost for most poultry farmers. Benefits of GHP are not only significant energy savings, but also air quality improvement. Propane heating is always associated with substantial water generation inside poultry houses. High moisture levels result in high ammonia concentration through the interaction of water and bird manure. In order to keep ammonia under an acceptable level, large mechanical ventilation systems are required. GHP provides a clean and “dry heat” and helps to minimize ammonia and bacterial generation. Detailed project information including design and installation will be given in the presentation.
 
9:15 AM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
Geothermal Heat Pump Systems in Low Income Housing
Phil Rawlings, Trison Construction, Inc.

The proposed presentation is on applying, designing, and installing Geothermal Heat Pump Systems on actual low and high rise affordable housing properties that are either in process or completed. The program will illustrate overcoming the challenges of applying Geothermal Heat Pump Systems on occupied properties as well as differences in requirements for mechanical space, elimination of outdoor equipment, ground heat exchanger design adaption to available space, and hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump System applications. Operating cost comparisons will be discussed, as well as information on GeoExchange estimated useful life and maintenance costs. This presentation will identify the many benefits GeoExchange applications offer and their long term life-cycle benefits as compared to the system’s first cost premium.
 
9:15 AM
Joshua
Session C: Technical/Innovation
Ground Source Heat Pump vs. Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems in Representative U.S. Climate Zones
Eric Wang, ClimateMaster

This study is to compare the annual energy consumptions and electric peak demands between GSHP and VRF systems in Chicago, Baltimore and Atlanta. The EnergyPlus simulation results show that GSHP system not only saves more energy than air-source VRF system but also significantly reduces the electric peak demand.
 
9:15 AM
Palm
Session D: Trainer’s Update
IGSHPA Accredited Installer Update
Garen Ewbank, Ewbank Geo Testing LLC

Latest updates for IGSHPA’s Accredited Installer Program.
 
8:30 AM
Exhibit Hall
Session E: Product Showcase
8:30
Decagon Devices
KD2 Pro Thermal Conductivity Analyzer
G. Todd Vanek, Ph.D.
Measuring thermal conductivity is as easy as inserting a needle and pushing a button. The KD2 Pro is a hand-held thermal properties analyzer that is lab-accurate and field-ready. Testing grout, taking in-situ soil measurements or conducting precise lab tests are all possible with the KD2 Pro. And with on-board data storage and computer interface software, data collection and reporting is as easy as taking a reading. The KD2 Pro complies with ASTM and IEEE standards for soil and rock thermal conductivity measurements.
9:00
Grundfos
Magna Geo and Magna3: Advantages for Sustainable Installations
Dale Drury
9:30
Bard
Bard Water-Source Products - Dynamic Solutions for a Demanding Market
Glen Bowen
An exciting overview of our current line of Residential, Light Commercial, and Institutional water-source systems; and introduction of our newest product, the Geo-Delta Water-to-Water geothermal unit.
 
10:00 AM
Exhibit Hall
Break
 
10:30 AM
Redwood
Session A: New Applications
Under the Dome: Geothermal for Five Ecosystems
Andre Rochette & Melissa Goyette, Eco-Systems

Winner of the international 2013 ASHRAE Technology Award, Ecosystem’s deep energy retrofit of the Montreal Biodôme reduced the nature museum’s energy consumption by 55%. This project features one of the nation’s largest open-loop ground source heat pump system and demonstrates the potential of the integrated project delivery approach.
 
10:30 AM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
Geothermal Earth Coupling - It’s All About Site Specifics
Carl Orio, Water Energy Distributors, Inc.

No one of the three popular geothermal heat pump earth coupling methods are better than another. When site conditions are considered each method has advantages and disadvantage. The paper will draw upon case histories; reviewing effects of costs, efficiencies, geology, maintenance, regulatory and thermal effects. Also, side-bars on GH’s Local health impacts and relationship to renewable.
 
10:30 AM
Joshua
Session C: Technical/Innovation
Net-Zero Design Principles for Geothermal Systems
Howard Alderson, Alderson Engineering, Inc.

This session will answer the question, How is a Net-Zero Energy Building defined: cost, emissions, site, source and will discuss the applications and advantages of GSHP’s in net zero energy buildings. The design concepts that optimize Geothermal Heat Pumps with Solar Thermal and PV will be reviewed. Campus and district geothermal concepts for net zero energy buildings will also be discussed. Finally, a case study of the Vertical Screen Corporate Headquarters, Warminster, PA, will be presented.
 
10:30 AM
Palm
Session D: Updates - U.S. & International
Update of Horizontal Borehole Study
Richard Beier & Bill Holloway, Oklahoma State University

Over a two-year period eight horizontal boreholes have been monitored through repeated in-situ thermal response tests. Changes in the soil thermal conductivity and borehole thermal resistance have occurred, as the monitoring period coincided with a period of severe drought.
 
11:15 AM
Redwood
Session A: New Applications
New Generation, One-Part Cementitious-Pozzolanic Grouts for Ground Source Heat Loops
Steve Skufca & Dr. Ray Hemmings, GeoEnergy Alternatives

GA-Xtra grouts are special one-part pozzolanic cementitious formulations designed for use in grouting boreholes containing ground source heat loops. The presentation will compare and contrast the properties of existing bentonite and cement-based grouts with the new generation of cementitious-pozzolanic grouts recently introduced into the marketplace.
 
11:15 AM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
Integration of Vertical and Horizontal GHX’s
Ed Lohrenz, Geo-Xergy Systems, Inc.

It’s possible to design a vertical or a horizontal GHX for a building, and both will operate efficiently to provide the heating and cooling the facility needs. A horizontal GHX, however, actually works quite a bit differently than a vertical GHX because of the impact of the atmosphere on the piping that is buried only a few feet from the surface. Heat rejected into the horizontal piping dissipates very quickly to the atmosphere during colder weather. In summer, solar energy warms the earth around the shallow piping of a horizontal GHX, while the impact on the earth around a vertical borehole at a depth of 100’ cannot be measured. Conversely, a deep vertical borehole cannot take advantage of solar energy striking the ground, nor can it dissipate heat to the atmosphere quickly. By integrating a vertical and horizontal GHX into one system, it is possible to take advantage of the different way the GHX’s work. There can be some significant benefits to combining different types of heat exchangers into a GCHP system. A project in Kalgoorlie, Australia, is used to illustrate the design and advantages of this approach.
 
11:15 AM
Joshua
Session C: Technical/Innovation
Bringing Geothermal Heat Pumps into the Connected World
David Neale, EnergyWise Partners

Only a few years ago a geothermal heat pump was a simple electromechanical device where all a technician needed was a flashlight, screwdriver and a good sense of smell. Today heat pumps have been enabled for communication to simple service tools and information displays. What are the lessons learned from other industries as they have gone through this first transition and far beyond into the connected world, where the networked device is literally the engine that drives the business.
 
11:15 AM
Palm
Session D: Updates - U.S. & International
‘Geo’ Down Under
Yale Carden, GeoExchange Australia Pty Ltd

In the past twenty years, the ‘geo’ industry in Australia and New Zealand has seen successful systems installed in landmark buildings as well as long periods of inactivity. This emerging market is now developing strong foundations with the recent creation of an IGSHPA Chapter, a growing network of IGSHPA certified installers and leading university research.
 
10:30 AM
Exhibit Hall
Session E: Product Showcase
10:30
Daiken-McQuay
Variable Speed Inverter Heat Pump
Craig Fischbach
For low operating cost, precise temperature control and low sound levels, consider inverter technology for your next geothermal job. These 3 and 4 ton units use Daikin variable speed technology in a water source heat pump. Our 4 ton unit modulates down to 1˝ tons and up to 5 tons for a wide operating range. As the compressor slows down, the EER increases. EER’s on the 3 ton unit go from 20.4 EER at full load (35,600 Btu/hr.) to 47.3 EER at part load (15,600 Btu/hr.) – all at ASHR Ground Loop conditions. Additional features include ECM fan motor, optional electric heat, desuperheater and desuperheater pump. The end result is no more over or under-cooling/heating, minimal temperature fluctuation in the space since the compressor is not cycling on and off, better humidity conditions due to longer run time and lower sound levels.
11:00
Watts Water Technologies
TRITON Radio Frequency Pipe Fusion; Advances in Polyetheline and Polypropylene Pipe Joining Technologies
Stephen Barrett
TRITON RF pipe fusion offers the geothermal designer and contractor the safest, fastest and easiest method to permanently join polyethylene and polypropylene pipe for both flexible field loop piping and rigid interior piping. TRITON fittings are available from ˝” to 2” IPS in PE4710, and will be available shortly in PE-RT CTS from 3/8” to 2” sizes and Metric PP-R from 16 to 63 mm.
11:30
Versa Profiles
Drilling SECRETS! Cutting your costs with VERTICALOOP and U-POINT
Stephane Gonthier
 
12:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Lunch
 
1:00 PM
Redwood
Session A: New Applications
CATs, Fish, and Kids, GX District Energy and Environments in the West
Jerry Zupancic, Cashman Equipment, Darrick Weissenfluh, Amargosa Pupfish Station & Cary Smith, Sound Geothermal Corporation

A look at the progress of two District Energy systems and a unique program to re-populate an endangered species, the Devil’s Hole Pupfish. Cashman Equipment Caterpillar Dealership in Las Vegas, NV is a 310,000 sq. ft., seven building LEED Silver facility that has been operating for just over five years. Cashman has been very proactive in managing and tuning the HVAC system to optimize energy use and reduce consumption. It was part of a DOE study on Hybrid Systems in 2011 by the Energy Center of Wisconsin. The second project is the story of designing and installing a hydronic GX system to control the temperature of a 100,000 gallon tank that mimics the natural environment of the Devils Hole Pupfish by +/- 1.5 degrees C. The efforts to save this species of pupfish and a U.S. Supreme Court decision helped to precipitate the Endangered Species Act of 1966. The third section is an update of the district energy system at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado. The first portion of this GX district system (~2,200 tons) was commissioned in the fall of 2011 and has been very successful in reducing energy cost and consumption. This summer the system was expanded (~2,200 tons) to cover the new classroom buildings and dormitories under construction, and is scheduled to add the university field house and natatorium in 2014.
 
1:00 PM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovation
How to Monetize Government Building and Commercial Project Geothermal Tax Savings
Charles Goulding, Energy Tax Savers, Inc.

  • The U.S. Tax law contains multiple tax savings opportunities for geothermal projects
  • Learn how the geothermal design project team can generate substantial tax savings on government geothermal projects, including Federal, State and local government projects
  • Learn how commercial projects can obtain four types of tax incentives
  • Understanding geothermal tax saving claw backs: Learn how government projects and commercial projects can claw back past year tax savings
 
1:00 PM
Joshua
Session C: Technical/Innovations
Moving Geothermal Heat Pumps from Niche to Normal
David Neale, EnergyWise Partners

Everybody knows the three key barriers to geothermal adoption, lack of awareness, lack of trust, and upfront cost. However these are not barriers of the technology but consequences of the business model chosen to sell and deploy it. Leaving behind the “savings based” sales model that depends on incentives and consumer tax credits for a sales model based on profit and resilience, while still lowering price volatility and consumer costs. This presentation shows how a different, utility driven sales and ownership model is evolving to dramatically move geothermal sales from 2% to the mass market.
 
1:00 PM
Palm
Session D: Updates - U.S. & International
California Dreaming (GSHP Growth in California)
Bill Martin, Martin Energetics

California is a paradox whose history for energy conservation and technological achievement led to a regulatory approach favoring solar and renewable electricity over GHPs. Recognition of GHPs’ permanent electric load reduction and GHG reduction could lead to full or partial credit in electric utilities’ Renewable Portfolio and perhaps on-bill financing.
 
1:00 PM
Exhibit Hall
Session E: Product Showcase
1:00
Grundfos
Multifunction Sensor Technology for BTU Metering (as per new Heat BTU Meter Standard)
Lars Mejsner
1:30
Baroid Industrial Drilling Products
Barotherm Special
Brock Yordy
 
1:45 PM
Cypress
Session B: Technical/Innovations
Natural Refrigerant, Geothermal Heating & Cooling Solutions
Lalit Chordia, PhD and Marc Portnoff, Thar Geothermal, LLC

Thar Geothermal, LLC will review the design and implementation of its novel, direct exchange, ground-source geothermal system using the natural refrigerant, carbon dioxide (R744). Commercial scale system performance will be presented showing the system’s superior economics and smaller environmental footprint.
 
1:45 PM
Joshua
Session C: Technical/Innovations
The Orca Geothermal Utility Model – Removing the Initial Cost Barrier
Stuart Yanow, GeoTility Corp.

Description: The Orca Geothermal Utility model has been successfully implemented in Canada for 10 years, and is now being rolled out across the United States. By removing the initial cost barrier from the equation, the implementation of geothermal systems will increase dramatically. This tool allows home owners, developers and contractors alike to install geothermal systems where they may otherwise have not. With the help of the various tax credits and rebates, the installation of a geothermal system will now be less expensive than conventional systems. Furthermore, stable long term utility rates result in cost certainty and peace of mind to the end user. This presentation will explain how the Orca utility model will change the way geothermal systems are delivered.
 
2:30 PM
Exhibit Hall
Closing Break & Prize Drawing
 
3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Closes