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America's First Geothermal-Powered IKEA Coming to Denver

by , 08/26/10
filed under: Renewable Energy

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Denver is known for its harsh winters, but it is hoped that the geothermal pumps will set a standard for retail stores in less temperate states. The depth of 500ft for the holes was chosen because the temperature beneath the earth’s surface is suprisingly moderate. This has been noticed by miners in the state before and is due to thermal inertia — the propensity for soil to heat up or cool down much slower than air or water. Using thermal heat has is a practice that has been around for centuries, and some archaeologists even believe that primitive man chose deeper caves as shelter due to their warmth.

The geothermal heating and cooling system “is something that globally IKEA has been considering for a number of years,” Wolfe added. “We’re very excited about working with NREL. The partnership has turned out to be very beneficial for both of us. It is providing both of us with useful information about operating such programs.” Seeing the information in real time “will allow us to determine and manage the efficiency of the geothermal system in Centennial” as well as planning for “future operations at this location as well as at other IKEA stores.

In the American West, geothermal projects are catching on and increased 46% in 2009 from the previous year. Then, about 3100 megawatts of capacity were built, with another 6400 megawatts slated for construction in the coming months.

+ NREL

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  1. Wood-Wrapped Green Offi... November 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    [...] systems in order to reduce its overall energy needs. Cooling and heating is provided by a ground source heat pump that draws from 75 meter deep wells. The exterior sun screen allows for clean lines of sight from [...]

  2. JillMill September 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    GO GREEN! (your planet will thank you later)
    you pick up your trash after an afternoon in the park,you wait till dusk to mow your yard in the summer, you bring your own bags to the grocery,you recycle for goodness sake!! so, why are you still heating and cooling your home with the precious little amounts of the earths fossil fuels??? Geothermal technology allows the temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home. With this technology you not only receive hot water(yes..completely free..!!) but, also, your heating and cooling costs will lower dramatically most times, up to 60%!!!!
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  5. spaceelevators August 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    A geoexchange well field is a very different animal than a geothermal power. Geothermal power suggests that the earth’s heat is used to generate electricity (frequently via boiling water to turn turbines). The fact that IKEA is utilizing a geoexchange system is great, but it is not the same thing.

  6. greenguydc August 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    It\’s great to see companies embracing ground-source heating and cooling, but people need to be more careful about distinguishing between this concept and geothermal power. True geothermal relies on injection of water deep into the ground to generate steam that\’s subsquently used to run an electricity generating turbine. This is widely used in Iceland and the Phillipines. This article uses the term geothermal power, which is misleading.

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