Commercial Geothermal Heat Pump System Design - Self Study


Author: Dr. Charles Remund

Subjects: Renewable HVAC: HVAC Design, Renewable HVAC: Geothermal

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In this free course, Dr. Charles Remund, author of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Design Manual, explains how to design a ground heat exchanger for a commercial geothermal system.

Participants are quizzed on key concepts and then use LoopLink Pro software to work through design and load calculation assignments.

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Free Commercial Geothermal Design Software Included

Each student will receive a free 1-month license to LoopLink PRO as part of registering, which will be used to complete a ground loop design assignment in the course.

Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals

This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials at your own pace.

Access Information and Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Certificates of Completion Available for Members Only

Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.

This course gives an in-depth analysis of heating and cooling systems and their design.

- Khurram Majeed

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Dr. Charles Remund

GeoConnections, Inc.

Dr. Remund has over 20 years of experience installing and designing geothermal systems. He has been a certified instructor for IGHSPA since 1994. As a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty at South Dakota State University (SDSU) he taught thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, design of thermal systems and applied laboratory courses from 1988 to 2009. He...[more]

Course Outline

Designing the Ground Heat Exchanger

In this two-hour video lecture, Dr. Remund lays out the process for sizing and designing a closed loop ground heat exchanger, including all of the calculations. The lecture is followed by a quiz on the concepts presented. Course participants receive a free LoopLink PRO software license, which is used complete design and load calculation assignments for a commercial building.

  • Request a Free LoopLink PRO License (Resource)
  • Presentation Slides (PDF) (Download .pdf)
  • Designing the Ground Heat Exchanger (2 hours, 8 minutes) (Video - 02:08:09 hours)
  • Review of Ground Loop Design Basics (Quiz)
  • Assignment #1: Determining GHEX Layout (Download .pdf)
  • Assignment #2: Condensing Hourly Loads (Download .pdf)
  • Resource: LoopLink PRO Instructional Video (Video - 05:11 minutes)
  • Assignment #3: Ground Loop Design using LoopLink PRO (Download .pdf)
  • Resource for Assignment #3: FTC Test Report (Download .pdf)
  • Resource for Assignment: GeoPro Head Loss Calculator (Download .xls)

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