National Certification Standard for the Geothermal Heat Pump Industry Geothermal Project

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Project Title National Certification Standard for the Geothermal Heat Pump Industry
Project Type / Topic 1 Recovery Act – Geothermal Technologies Program: Ground Source Heat Pumps
Project Type / Topic 2 Topic Area 3: National Certification Standard

Project Description The national GHP certification standard will be derived from a nationally recognized competency regimen developed in conjunction with professional and trade organizations, product manufacturers, and government regulatory authorities. It will be based on industry best practices

for system design and installation, to provide the highest level of system performance, quality and safety.

The standard will be developed through a collaborative methodology that solicits information and input from a variety of industry stakeholders, manufacturers, professional and trade organizations. Market research and technical evaluation of existing GHP installations will provide a foundation for design of qualifications incorporated into the standard. Potential impact of the project: The national standard will enable the development of a comprehensive new commercialization strategy to increase the deployment of geothermal heat pumps. By increasing customer confidence in the technology, the standard will facilitate growth of the industry, which will create and maintain green jobs and simultaneously stimulate the economy by lowering facility heating and cooling costs, lowering consumer utility bills, making U.S. businesses more competitive and promoting economic growth.

State District of Columbia
Objectives This project will create a national certification standard for all primary personnelinvolved in the installation of geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems, including drillers, plumbers,electricians, heating and air conditioning specialists, engineers and architects. The standard will bedesigned to increase customer confidence in the technology, reduce the potential for improperly installedsystems, and assure product quality and performance. This standard will not include the development ofcurriculum, training, or certification programs, but it will be designed to be used in conjunction with those other components to be subsequently developed as part of a comprehensive new commercialization strategy to increase the deployment of geothermal heat pumps.
Awardees (Company / Institution) Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium

Awardee Website http://geothermalheatpumpconsortium.org/
Partner 1 International Ground Source Heat Pump Association
Partner 2 Oak Ridge National Laboratory









Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000116

DOE Funding Level (total award amount) $1,077,500.00
Awardee Cost Share $0.00
Total Project Cost $1,077,500.00



Principal Investigator(s) John Kelly, GHPC Executive Director


Targets / Milestones The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium will manage the overallaccomplishment of the project to maintain an aggressive schedule for project completion, includingidentification of tasks needed to accomplish successful project completion; incorporation of input from all stakeholders; collaboration with other GHP industry organizations, government agencies and vendors;review and integration of materials generated by those organizations; and finalizing the structure and components of the standard.

The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association will research and analyze the knowledge elements and experience requirements for system design and installation, necessary to reduce the potential for improperly installed systems and provide the highest level of system performance, quality and safety. These efforts will include design of the sub-components of the standard, including those that apply to all trades, and those that are unique to individual trades involved in GHP design and installation.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory review and critique project execution and deliverables, and will research and analyze existing GHP installations to identify (1) the most common causes of improperly installed systems, (2) components to include in the standard to reduce the potential for improperly installed systems and assure product quality and performance, (3) knowledge and experience that characterize personnel who design successful GHP systems, (4) industry best practices for system design and installation, (5) identification of components that contribute to the highest level of system performance, quality and safety, and (6) key barriers that have prevented this technically-mature technology from reaching its full commercial potential, including limited consumer knowledge and trust in GHP systems





Location of Project Washington, DC



Impacts Standard will allow industry to reach consensus on best practices for design and installation of GHP systems, and determine the training requirements for individuals involved in delivering the technology--to reduce potential for improperly designed/installed systems, and increase credibility for GHPs vis a vis standard HVAC technologies.
Funding Source American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

References EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs[1]

References

  1. EERE Geothermal Technologies Programs