Education and Collection Facility (ECF) Ground Source Heat Pump Demonstration Project Geothermal Project
Last modified on July 22, 2011.
|Project Title||Education and Collection Facility (ECF) Ground Source Heat Pump Demonstration Project|
|Project Type / Topic 1||Recovery Act – Geothermal Technologies Program: Ground Source Heat Pumps|
|Project Type / Topic 2||Topic Area 1: Technology Demonstration Projects|
|Project Description|| DMNS is a thriving, 500,000 ft2 museum that attracts 1.3 million visitors each year. In 2011, DMNS will begin construction of a 100,000 ft2 Education and Collection Facility (ECF) addition. In 2007, Denver voters passed a $30 million dollar bond initiative that will cover approximately 57% of the cost of the ECF. A fraction of these funds, along with pro-bono services committed from Denver Water and Geo-Energy Services, serve as the 50:50 match to this $2,611,832 request. The addition will be designed and constructed to perform to LEED Platinum specifications, and the Museum’s sustainability goals call for a carbon neutral energy consumption impact. Toward this end, DMNS proposes to design and install an innovative open-loop GSHP system that will utilize water from a local municipal recycled water system owned and operated by Denver Water as the source of thermal cooling/heat to the heat pumps. The advantages of the proposed system are significant, and include:
- Traditional ground-loop GSHP system capital installation costs can be reduced by at least 50%; - The large footprint typically required for a borehole field is eliminated; - Complex environmental and regulatory permitting required for traditional borehole or open-loop (pump and dump) systems is minimized; - Energy consumed by traditional fluid circulation is minimized; and - Relative efficiency of the system will typically be improved by minimizing the differential operating temperature range in the heat pumps.
|Objectives|| - Design and implement an innovative ground source heat pump (GSHP) system for heating and cooling its new Education and Collection Facility (ECF) addition.
|Awardees (Company / Institution)||Denver Museum of Nature & Science|
|Partner 1||Denver Water|
|Partner 2||Architectural Energy Corporation|
|Partner 3||Geo-Energy Services|
|Partner 4||City of Denvery|
|Partner 5|| County of Denver
|Funding Opportunity Announcement||DE-FOA-0000116|
|DOE Funding Level (total award amount)||$2,611,832.00|
|Awardee Cost Share||$2,611,845.00|
|Total Project Cost|| $5,223,677.00
|Principal Investigator(s)|| David G. Noel, VP of Operations and Chief Technology Officer
|Targets / Milestones|| - Assessing the technical and economic feasibility of the proposed innovative GSHP application.
|Location of Project|| Denver, CO
|Impacts||Innovative demonstration of using municipal recycled wastewater as the heat exchange medium, which offers potential to improve efficiency, reduce loop costs and provide transferrability to other jurisdictions, since it can be replicated economically wherever access to a recycled water system is available. Will offer educational potential.|
|Funding Source||American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009|
|References||EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs|