All of the Geothermal Eco Options (GEO) employees participated in the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) training workshop on March 19, 20 & 21, 2013 at NICC in Calmar. This workshop has been sanctioned by IGSHPA along with the examination of attendees administered by North American Technician Excellence (NATE). A high level of knowledge is necessary to pass the stringent NATE exam. Therefore it is with great pride that we announce that now 80% or more of our employees are NATE and IGSHPA accredited and certified Ground Source Heat Pump Loop Installers. By having more 80% or more of our employees accredited GEO is now designated as a NATE Quality Circle Contractor which is the highest level of certification available.We are proud to make this announcement and commend our employees for there professionalism and dedication to make the renewable energy industry better.
Definitive scientific research has shown that a geothermal heat pump (GHP) system offers far more efficiency in a large commercial building than a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system.
In January 2013, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO)—with financial assistance from Southern Company—contracted a research team from Oklahoma State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to evaluate the relative performance of GHP vs. VRF heating and cooling systems installed at the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) International Head-quarters Building in Atlanta, GA.*
The GEO research team studied the relative performance of the GHP and VRF systems, determining energy consumption of each, and heating and cooling required by the building. "There's no question about it—GHPs trump VRF systems for efficiency and cost savings," said GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty. "Our study of heating and cooling performance at the ASHRAE Building proves that over a two-year period—when all variables were accounted for—energy use by the geothermal system averaged 44% less than the VRF system."
"Raw data show that the VRF system used twice as much energy as the geothermal system during the two-year study period." "During the two-year study period, the GHP system used 29% less energy in the summer and 63% less energy in the winter/shoulder seasons than the VRF system, while maintaining similar zone temperatures," said Dr. Jeffrey Spitler, Regents Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oklahoma State University (pictured above).
"Final Report, Performance of the HVAC Systems at the ASHRAE Headquarters Building" is available at the GEO website, here.
Geothermal Eco Options held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday August 17, 2012 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at our Cresco facilities. The shop and office are located at 407 2nd Avenue SW in Cresco, Iowa. We recently purchased the property and held an open house to celebrate this momentous occasion. The ribbon cutting took place at 5:00 PM and was facilitated by Howard County Business and Tourism . Our thanks goes out to the over 40 people who helped us celebrate this milestone.
We are excited to announce that on Friday, May 25, 2012 Governor Branstad signed SF2432 containing the Iowa incentive for installing geothermal into law. This new law is effective immediately and is applied retroactively to January 1, 2012. Iowans will now receive an additional 6% income tax credit on the installation of their geothermal system.
"GEO Inc. performed excellent work and we are very pleased with our geothermal system!" Jason from Denver, IA