Geothermal business is the fastest growing segment of the HVAC industry. That’s why, this year, ClimateMaster and its local distributorships are conducting a hands-on, multi-station outdoor workshop and training arena for HVAC, geothermal and drilling contractors in Lancaster County, PA.
Pennsylvania is one of the leading states for geothermal installations nationwide.
The “big tent” even takes place Thursday, August 16 at Oregon Dairy, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz, PA. The event – chiefly for professionals – is billed as “Geo 101, master’s degree training and a jamboree all in one.” Trenching, drilling, pond loop application, load-sizing and geo equipment expertise are what it’s all about, served-up in the rolling hills of Central PA.
Event hosts expect to draw 240 professional attendees from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.
On August 16, registration and breakfast are held from 8 to 9 a.m.; instruction takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Six key, hands-on work stations for attendees are provided in one-hour intervals, including pond loop, vertical loop, horizontal loop and horizontal boring.
“One of the great things about this type of outdoor training is that nearly every possible means of geothermal exchange is demonstrated here,” said Richard Gibson, ClimateMaster’s Northeast residential manager. “A day at Oregon Dairy will deepen attendees’ knowledge geothermal technology, its many uses and incredible energy efficiency.”
According to Joe Fish, mid-East residential regional district manager, hands-on workstations/break-outs include:
Pond loop installations are demonstrated on the farm’s pond. At this station, audience members will explore all facets of underwater heat exchangers. Attendees will help slide the heat exchanger out into the water, participate in filling and flushing it with system fluids.
A demonstration is given of an air-driven rig. Not only will you see the bore hole being drilled, but we will also demonstrate loop insertion and grouting.
Trainers will demonstrate all the elements of the horizontal boring process. Operators will use a medium size boring machine to give attendees a live demonstration of how they bore a hole, track the path from above and then insert and grout the loop.
Horizontal trenching is a popular geoexchange method used in many designs. Various types of trenching, and pipe fusion, will be demonstrated.
Attendees will also learn all about ClimateMaster’s loop design software, GeoDesigner. The program is a sophisticated yet intuitive tool for sizing units and exchange fields. The software also helps to demonstrate operating costs for potential customers.