One of our favorite topics here at Hartmann Well Drilling is geothermal drilling. We love talking about all things geothermal; Twin Cities residents know we are one of the experts on this subject, so we’re always happy to answer any questions about it.
Here are a few of our favorite interesting facts about geothermal drilling we’ve learned while working in the Twin Cities area.
- Geothermal energy in the Twin Cities area (and, really, in every area) does not deal with any fuel market fluctuations because it does not use any fuel.
- A lot of utility companies offer discounts for their geothermal customers.
- The largest producer of geothermal energy in the world is the Chevron Corporation.
- A geothermal plant will only use about five gallons of fresh water (per MWh). Nuclear, coal and oil produce 260 gallons.
- Geothermal efficiency is on the higher side because there is no need for energy conversion.
- The heat for geothermal energy comes from the Earth’s retained heat, which has been there since the planet was formed billions of years ago.
- Geothermal heat pumps are used as a heat source in the winter in the Twin Cities (and everywhere else), and they are used as a heat sink in the summer.
- How do geothermal heat pumps work? They pump the heat that is underneath your Twin Cities home or business and then circulate it throughout your home or office.
- Geothermal heat is the source of less than 10% of the Earth’s energy.
We hope you enjoyed our little science lesson! And when you’re ready to learn even more about geothermal heat and how we can install this type of heating source at your Twin Cities home or commercial business, give us a call at (952) 758-2202 or contact us online and we can give you a free estimate.