Standing Column Well Design Certificate Training


Length: 4 weeks

Instructor: Albert Koenig, Ph.D.

Partner: High Performance Building Institute

Subjects: Geothermal Heat Pumps


What makes the Standing Column Well (SCW) different and compelling as a geothermal HVAC solution? Students in this course will investigate a number of SCW design applications, and review the key thermal and hydro-geological bases for good performance. This course will be delivered in two parts: Lecture during Week 1 will provide the background and tools students need to complete an entire design exercise on their own for homework. Week 2 will address all questions from Week 1, plus all of the tough but important details that determine the success of standing column well systems in the real world. This is a self-paced course - students are not expected to be 'logged in' at any specific time. Instructor, Dr. Al Koenig, will answer questions during the listed dates through discussion board, email, and phone.
Get REAL DATA about how Standing Column Well systems are designed and how they really perform

Use that data to design your own standing column well system using HeatSpring's design workbook You get access to a Standing Column Well simulator and model performance of the system you design

Learn from the best

Dr. Al Koenig, former 'Engineer of the Year' at General Electric.

Your Instructor


Albert Koenig, Ph.D.

Founder, ARB GeoWell, LLC

Dr. Albert Koenig is a standing column well expert who has over 30 years of experience in the alternative energy industry. Dr. Koenig is currently overseeing a standing column well project at Villanova University. He was awarded Engineer of the Year by Geneneral Electric. He has been involved in numerous alternative energy development activities since 1975, including...[more]

Course Outline

WELCOME - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. Expect to dedicate an average of 5 hours per week, but you can work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. Keep in mind that the instructor will be there to answer your questions and help you learn for the duration of the course. The instructor will only be available to answer questions during the posted session dates, so ask all your questions while we're in session. You will have access to all of the online materials for a full year. Contact Tom McCormack, your Student Advocate, if you have questions before or after the posted session dates. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

WEEK 1 - Fundamentals of Standing Column Well Geothermal Systems

TOPICS COVERED: A look at what's unique to these systems as opposed to the more common closed loop approach. What's happening in the well as water is circulated between the building and the ground. A progression from cylindrical steady-state heat transfer to transient quasi-steady state implementation. Measurement of thermal conductivity, diffusivity and relaxation characteristics of the well. A look at a SCW installation: drilling techniques, HVAC Hardware, and controls.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT - Design Your Own Standing Column Well System

Students will use lessons from the first half of the course to complete a standing column well design exercise for homework.

WEEK 2 - Advanced Standing Column Well Design Training

TOPICS COVERED: Unlike closed loops, open loop systems require extension into the mechanical room for heat exchange...towards a turnkey system. HVAC system performance hinges on EWT to the heat pumps and parasitic power used to transport heat. Addressing the time dependent elements of load, SCW temperature, heat pump operation and parasitic power over extended periods. What's the payback on the net capital outlay? We'll conclude by considering potential regulatory issues.

AFTER THE COURSE - Resources, Contacts & Industry Support

As amazing as this course is, it's impossible to learn everything in two short weeks. That's why it's critical to use the resources, contacts, and industry support provided to continue your leaning as you put the information to work in the field.