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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
Dr. Al Koenig, former 'Engineer of the Year' at General Electric.
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]
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.
Expect three things to happen when you enroll: 1) We put a welcome packet in the mail to help you take notes and successfully complete the course, 2) A live human being will give you a welcome call to make sure you get the most out of the class, and 3) All of the course videos and training materials will become available immediately. This course is SELF-PACED, so you can complete it when you have time. Expect each weekly module to take 5-6 hours to complete. You’ll have access to the materials for 120 days after the course ends, but Dr. Koenig is only available during the listed dates. During that time you can ask questions via discussion board, email, or phone.
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.
Students will use lessons from the first half of the course to complete a standing column well design exercise for homework.
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.
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.