Standing Column Well Design Certificate Training


Length: 3 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.

Self-Paced Online Course

This course is self-paced and entirely online. The lecture videos and other materials are available any time, and the instructor responds to student questions through a discussion board. In order to participate, you will need an Internet connection and an up-to-date web browser.

Supported by Student Advocate – Tom McCormack

In addition to instructor support via the discussion board, students have access to Tom McCormack, HeatSpring's Student Advocate. He is available to answer general questions via email, discussion board, chat, or phone. (Spanish email support available upon request.)

Your Instructor

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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

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. In order to request a certificate, you first must complete all the assignments. Once you've completed the course sign our honor code and request a certificate of completion

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after registration, and you will have access to all of the online materials for a full year. Contact Tom McCormack, your Student Advocate, if you have questions. 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.

Week 2 - 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 3 - 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 - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to this course and all updates we make to it for at least a year. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.