Envisioning and Implementing Geothermal Solutions for Decarbonizing District Energy

When:  Jun 2, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)

As communities, cities and towns and campuses pursue strategies for meeting their decarbonization goals, they are exploring the opportunities provided by both open and closed loop geothermal systems in decarbonizing heating and cooling systems.

The Training Symposium will present the highlights of the U.S. Department of Energy’s GeoVision analysis, and opportunities to expand geothermal energy deployment by improving technologies, reducing costs, and mitigating barriers and quantifies the technical, economic and market potential of low-temperature geothermal district heating systems in the United States.

A panel discussion of experts and system owners on Getting Geothermal Right will provide insights into the many dimensions needed to successfully implement geothermal systems, including design concepts, integrating into existing district heating networks, rightsizing, planning and phasing for future growth, stakeholder management, financing and operations and maintenance.

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Key Takeaways for Attendees:

  • An overview of different types of geothermal systems along with a deeper discussion on applications, technologies and industry best practices, including district energy and community-scale systems.
  • Findings on low-temperature direct-use geothermal solutions from the Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office GeoVision Analysis, including potential scenarios for geothermal deployment across a range of technologies, market conditions, and barriers.
  • Drivers for decarbonization and lessons learned from geo-exchange systems installed in two cities - at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City and in a building in London, UK.
  • An understanding from system owners, designers and operators of what it takes to design and build a successful geothermal system and factors to consider during the life cycle of a geothermal system - from conceptual design to implementation and operation as well as maintenance for high performance and reliability.

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