Title

Geothermal Heating And Cooling In K-12 Schools

Author(s)

Hayden Spencer

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Oral Presentation Award

3rd Place

Abstract

Geothermal heating and cooling is an alternative HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) method that uses the stable temperature of the earth to heat and cool rather than using electricity or natural gas. The benefits of geothermal heating and cooling include being cost-effective and being a renewable method of heating and cooling. The purpose of the experiment being conducted is to show that k-12 schools, as well as other buildings in South Carolina, are good candidates for geothermal heating and cooling. This experiment will be carried out by constructing a scale model school with a corresponding scale model geothermal system using local soil from South Carolina. The model will be put in an enclosed container where the geothermal system will be producing either hot or cold air inside the model. the ambient temperature inside the container will correspond to the average temperatures of South Carolina in the summer and winter. The data gathered will be the temperature produced inside the model school by the geothermal system, showing whether or not geothermal heating and cooling can be as effect as more traditional HVAC methods. It is anticipated that the results of the experiment will in fact show that South Carolina schools are good candidates for geothermal heating and cooling.

Location

Owens 210

Start Date

4-16-2016 10:45 AM

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Apr 16th, 10:45 AM

Geothermal Heating And Cooling In K-12 Schools

Owens 210

Geothermal heating and cooling is an alternative HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) method that uses the stable temperature of the earth to heat and cool rather than using electricity or natural gas. The benefits of geothermal heating and cooling include being cost-effective and being a renewable method of heating and cooling. The purpose of the experiment being conducted is to show that k-12 schools, as well as other buildings in South Carolina, are good candidates for geothermal heating and cooling. This experiment will be carried out by constructing a scale model school with a corresponding scale model geothermal system using local soil from South Carolina. The model will be put in an enclosed container where the geothermal system will be producing either hot or cold air inside the model. the ambient temperature inside the container will correspond to the average temperatures of South Carolina in the summer and winter. The data gathered will be the temperature produced inside the model school by the geothermal system, showing whether or not geothermal heating and cooling can be as effect as more traditional HVAC methods. It is anticipated that the results of the experiment will in fact show that South Carolina schools are good candidates for geothermal heating and cooling.