Albany, New York (November 25, 2019) – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announcing that it made an award to Dandelion Energy. All most noteworthy in supporting new drilling technology. Technology more importantly enabling ground-source heat pumps (geothermal systems) to be installed faster. I mean faster than traditional equipment installs that look like the picture below.

It’ll therefore reduce costs for homeowners by more than 20 percent. That’s as well as increasing access to homeowners by 25 percent. All most importantly by increasing the speed of installs by 14x!

For context, Dandelion is a geothermal startup that graduated from X. That’s the research and development lab at Google’s parent company. Back then, I helped them announce a partnership with Aztech Geothermal as its’ first installer in the Hudson Valley. For Upstate New York and the Capital Region , I mean this is a big first step. So yes, I worked a few months with for a  Google Startup!

Besides this recent announcement, Dandelion is also connected. I mean connected to one of the largest solar installers in the Hudson Valley. As well as in Upstate NY too; called Hudson Solar.

Geothermal with Dandelion Energy funded by NYSERDA

First of all, if you didn’t know. Geothermal systems operate by harnessing the underground year-round temperature. So I mean using 6 feet under as a stable ground temperature as a heating and cooling source.

Now during the winter, heat is extracted from the ground. All through an underground pipe system. Then it’s also distributed throughout the building. All via a compressor and circulation pumps. In the summer, the process is reversed. So the cooler ground temperatures are getting tapped into.

As written before, geothermal heating and cooling systems have been successfully implemented. Yes I mean for at least 70 years. All in the United States. However for many homeowners, this is still a “new” option.

Well let me be the first one to admit it about geothermal energy. Less than 1% of the homes in this country are using geothermal heating. As well as for air conditioning. In addition, most say now because they are thinking it’s too expensive. Well, so I’ve learned, not anymore!

So you drill down per se to where the earth is a constant 55 degrees. With pumps and heat, most interestingly you can heat or cool that air.

More interestingly Dandelion Energy innovative new Sonic Drill Suite technology.  Thereby reducing the time it takes to install geothermal systems from like one week to one day. In addition, the Sonic Drill Suite’s smaller design. Thereby enabling installations at more homes.

This technology thereby expanding access to 25 percent more locations. All throughout New York. Dandelion Energy has also successfully used this technology. Moreover on several homes throughout New York.

In conclusion, the new Dandelion Energy technology was developed and tested by Dandelion.  All as part of NYSERDA’s Next Generation Heating. As well as Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Innovation Challenges. These challenges are supporting clean energy companies. All looking to develop, commercialize and demonstrate new technologies. Again and all for HVAC systems.

In addition, this new Dandelion’s drilling research and development aiming at reducing the cost of drilling by up to 50 percent. Consequently this will result in reductions of the overall cost of installing geothermal. Especially for New York homeowners. As well as by approximately 20 percent. 

Finally, a report released earlier this year. It came from the US Department of Energy. It found that technology improvements could enable more people to get in. I mean more than 28 million U.S. households. All to adopt the use of geothermal heat pumps. 

Furthermore, an analysis culminated in a report. It’s called GeoVision: Harnessing the Heat Beneath Our Feet is more than promising. This report summarizes findings showing more geothermal electricity generation. More could increase more to 26-fold from today. Moreover, I mean reaching 60 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity by 2050.

In addition to describing electricity-generation opportunities, the GeoVision analysis also shows how geothermal can enhance heating and cooling solutions for American residential and commercial consumers through direct-use and heat-pump technologies.

Sources: Dandelion Energy and NYSERDA