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Geothermal Heat Pumps Enroll at Ball State University

Posted Dec 14 2009 9:30am

On Wednesday, December 09, DOE Headquarters up in 950 L’Enfant Plaza got a visit from Steve Fisher and Phil Sachtleben ("Satch") of the Ball State University . Their District Energy/Geothermal Heap Pump project was announced in October as an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project, to be funded at up to $5,000,000. Ball State will cost share at three times that amount!

Our visitors reported that Ball State has already drilled 800 of the ~4000 heat pump bore holes to connect with the project’s district energy hot and cold water system. This system will replace a coal-fired steam district heating system and will be nearly 10 times more efficient. Architecture and engineering faculty are already including the project in their course plans. The project’s economic, environmental and educational benefits caught the interest of National Public Radio, which did a long piece on the project on Friday December 4.

Photo of five geothermal drill rigs on Ball State University's campus in Indiana.

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