Training

FOR CONTRACTORS:

Geothermal systems are complex and require multidisciplinary skill-sets. We can train your design staff and installation crew in good practices and testing procedures to assure that the system will work as promised.

FOR NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS:

Renewable energy projects vary widely in their scope and the Geo Guy has the expertise to select and implement the best technology. We can train your people in implementing new technology whatever country you are in.

Examples are:

An existing hotel in Florida faces high demand charges for electricity when they exceed their allotted 200kW. The Geo Guy solution is a rooftop mounted CPVT system  which supplies 16kW of electricity during peak load times as well as generating 30kW of DHW (previously electric). A quick payback! No more demand charges.

A similar hotel in Jakarta has different requirements. There, even though Indonesia has massive nat gas reserves, there is no infrastructure to bring it to the city and so they burn high sulfur oil to produce DHW. The Geo Guy solution is a heat pump system that can generate DHW and add to the hotels cooling capacity at the same time using the same equipment. Another quick payback!

An island resort hotel in the Caribbean runs diesel generators to provide electricity at ridiculously high costs and inefficiencies. The Geo Guy solution is a PV system which would pay off quickly when competing against electricity at $0.60/kWhr. The diesel gensets can have heat exchangers fitted to supply free DHW and/or absorption cooling.

A development company in Pakistan is faced with buildings with a very high cooling load and regular day long power outages. They then run diesel gensets again at huge costs. The Geo Guy solution here is to install night time (the power is more reliable at night) ice-making cooling units on the roof to supply cooling during the day, reducing the load on the gensets by a large margin.

A drilling company in Colombia wants to expand their scope into drilling geo systems. The Geo Guy solution is a training package that would save them the steep learning curve of starting on their own.

The above examples hopefully demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy systems and the importance of a comprehensive design and training program to implement them effectively.

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WHAT IS GEOTHERMAL?

Geo systems extract stored solar energy from your property. The Earth is a free, can I repeat that, a free solar energy system right beneath your feet. Granted, it's not as efficient as some current high tech systems, but it's free. We can extract this free energy with heat pumps. This is how we can claim efficiencies of 400%. We're not buying this energy, it's energy we already own.

Geothermal / geoexchange systems are simple yet complex. They are nothing more than an application of the laws of physics. There is no witchcraft or techno-magic involved. The complexity arises because the designer and installer must understand pumps, compressors, electrical systems, controls, measurements, site assessments, and many other factors. By comparison, a gas-boiler requires a gas connection pipe, a chimney, and a circulator pump to connect it to the piping and a plug on the wall to plug it into. It's that simple.

A Geo system requires an accurately sized ground loop, critical flow rates through the ground loop and the heat pump and critical flow rates on the load side be it air or water.

Good controls are important and methods to measure all the flow rates are vital.

Accepted industry practices are not adequate and must be improved.

Because the system is site-built instead of unpacked from a box, the selection of components and the care of installation is so important.