A 400-ft. Hole to Reduce Emissions With Geothermal
Over at UC Berkeley, researchers are looking to reduce the school’s carbon footprint by digging a 400 ft. hole. Here’s more from MOTHERBOARD:
“It’s old, and it’s getting toward the end of its useful life,” [Kira Stoll, chief sustainability and carbon solutions officer at UC Berkeley] said in a press video on the geothermal project published last week. “What we’d like to do is move away from those fossil fuels and decarbonize the energy that we use in our campus buildings.”
The plan is to recycle heat released by the school’s electronics (computers, heating and cooling systems, and the like), and pump it underground for storage using a liquid. In the winter, the heat can be pumped back up into buildings to provide warmth, and the same system can cool buildings in the summer, when underground is cooler than aboveground.
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