Materials & Technology

Maine building to utilize geothermal system, radiant heating

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 10:21

The new O'Connor Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealership building that opened in the beginning of June relies on the heat generated and stored in the earth as a source of energy, the Kennebec Journal reported.

According to the news outlet, the new facility will rely on a geothermal energy source to provide a source of power, a move that the owner of the building supported due to the financial benefits that were provided by this installation.

"My accountant called back, after looking at the numbers, and said this is no decision - you have to do this," Randy Hutchins, the owner of the facility, told the Journal.

His accountant told him of the potential savings that are associated with such a system, both in terms of the long-term operating costs and the tax incentives that are offered by the government.

The building was outfitted with a radiant heating system, which is linked to the geothermal energy source and benefits the entire operation due to its efficiency and cost-cutting nature.

The decision to outfit the structure with energy efficient technology helped to lower the expected heating costs per year, as Hutchins noted that the projections for a traditional heater were $33,000 a year compared with the geothermal and radiant system that is slotted to cost $11,000 a year.

A radiant heating system works well with alternative energy sources like solar or geothermal because of the nature of delivery of the given product.

A Warmboard radiant heating system delivers the heat through highly-conductive aluminum paneling, which means that the water does not have to be heated to as high of a temperature. this helps to maximize on the efficiency of geothermal products and solar panels.