What is Geothermal Energy?

The sun has always provided heat for the earth. Its energy warms the earth directly, but also indirectly. Its heat evaporates water from the lakes and streams, which eventually falls back to earth and filters into the ground. A few metres of surface soil insulate the earth and ground water below. The warm earth and ground water below  the surface provide a free, renewable source of energy for as long as the sun continues to shine. The earth under an average residential lot can easily provide enough free energy to heat and cool the home built on it.

The free energy has only to be moved from the ground into your home. This is done either by pumping water from a  well (open loop) or by pumping a heat transfer fluid through a horizontal or vertical circuit of underground piping (closed loop). The fluid, called the heat transfer fluid, absorbs the heat in the ground water or soil and transfers it to the heat pump. The heat absorbed by the fluid from the solar-heated ground is extracted from it by the heat pump, and the now-chilled fluid is circulated through a heat exchanger over and over again to extract more heat from the earth.

If your home is located near a suitable pond or lake, you can use a Geo- Exchange System (GXS) to draw on this excellent source of free energy. 

Burying a loop in the ground around your home is like owning your own oil well, but instead of pumping oil from an underground pool and burning it to create heat (and greenhouse gases), you tap into clean energy that will be there for as long as there is a sun.

Latest News

CGC Issues Call for Nominations to the Board of Directors

2017-04-12
The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition is now accepting nominations for the Board of Director positions listed in the attached form. Nominations will be...Read more

CGC Joins Canadian Organizing Committee for Global Refrigeration Conference

2017-03-08
The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) has accepted an invitation to join the Canadian Organizing Committee of the 25th International Congress of...Read more

Letter to Industry

2017-02-22
Dear CGC Members, Quality Program Participants, and friends, I'm writing to follow up on the letter we sent you before the break, announcing...Read more
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