A new IKEA store planned for Centennial, Colorado (just outside Denver) will be heated and cooled by geothermal energy.
IKEA got assistance from the fine scientists at NREL in designing and constructing a geothermal system located under the store's parking garage. At 500 feet under the ground, 130 pipes will pump liquid that will help to heat or cool the store depending on the time of year (in the summer, ground temperatures will keep the liquid cooler than surface air and vice versa in the winter).
During times of extreme temperatures, the geothermal system won't be able to get the job done on its own, but during most of the year, the system should be able to maintain comfortable temperatures in the store. IKEA is using this location, which opens next year, as a pilot test for the technology and if it's successful, the company plans to install similar systems in other North American stores.
We all know big box stores are total energy hogs, so it's exciting to see a company that runs those type of stores replacing some of the traditional energy sources they use with clean energy.
via Triple Pundit
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