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Sustainability project uses ground heat
to save energy
December, the South Carolina College of Pharmacy's MUSC campus
administration moved into the Anderson House, which became the first
office space at MUSC to utilize an energy-saving heating, ventilation
and air conditioning system called a closed loop geothermal heat
Fred Jones, with
the Air Condition Shop in Engineering & Facilities, shows Dr.
Joseph DiPiro, South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) executive dean
and professor, the path that geothermal heat takes from the ground into
the Anderson House.
This system acts as a heat exchanger to either heat or cool a building
structure that operates on a simple premise—the ground a few feet
below surface stays between 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit. The pump uses
that available heat during winter and puts heat back into the ground in
the summer. It differs from a conventional furnace or boiler by its
ability to transfer heat instead of producing it.
Jones and Roby
Hill, the college's director of communications, discuss the transfer
and circulation of ground heat. The life span of the system is
than conventional heating and cooling systems.
As energy costs rise and pollution concerns continue, geothermal
systems may hold a solution to both.
“The benefits of this system were seen immediately,” said Christine
Cooley, of Engineering and Facilities. “There is no outside unit. A
geothermal system can save anywhere from 30 percent to 70 percent
annually on utilities.”
The Anderson House,
now home to the College of Pharmacy administrative staff, is
located at 274 Calhoun St. Built in 1802, the house was purchased
by MUSC in 1985.
Geothermal systems are a renewable, non-polluting energy source and are
recognized as one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems on
Friday, Feb. 1, 2008
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