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RSES introduces geothermal systems guide

RSES’ Understanding Geothermal Systems is the first title in the RSES Sustainability Series.

ROLLING MEADOWS, ILL. -- RSES’ Understanding Geothermal Systems is the first title in the RSES Sustainability Series. It was introduced at the RSES Conference and HVACR Technology Expo, in conjunction with the RSES Mid-Southeast Regional Association Conference, in late 2012. 

A comprehensive study and resource manual that serves as a “best practices” guide for the design, installation and maintenance of geothermal systems, this book draws on the author’s more than 30 years of hands-on geothermal field experience. The text written by Jeff Persons’, CM, covers geothermal systems and controls from their widespread introduction to the U.S. market in the early 1970s to the multistage ultra-high-efficiency systems of today.

Study topics include both open-loop and closed-loop applications, subsurface geology, loop design, water chemistry, antifreeze solutions, system installation and controls. Emphasis is placed on identifying common installation and service mistakes, and on learning from those mistakes.

The guide gives business owners, sales staff, installers and technicians a step up on the competition and imparts the knowledge necessary to maintain consumer confidence and appreciation. Geothermal systems represent one of the best means available for meeting the growing interest in renewable energy technology.

According to the U. S. Department of Energy website, last month President Obama “…requested a $28.4 billion Fiscal Year 2014 budget for the Energy Department, including $2.78 billion for the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The request is part of the Administration-wide effort to strengthen the U.S. economy with energy that is cleaner, cheaper, and creates sustainable jobs.” In addition, “As Assistant Energy Secretary Dr. David Danielson explained in an April 10 presentation, the $2.78 billion EERE portion of the request includes $615 million in funding for research and development into sources of renewable electricity generation such as wind, solar, water power, and geothermal energy.” Because of President Obama’s commitment, geothermal energy will likely be a topic on the forefront for years to come.

Additional titles in radiant heating and electronically commutated motors will also be released in the RSES Sustainability Series.

To order the Understanding Geothermal Systems study and resource manual, please contact RSES by calling 800/297-5660 or visit Once at the RSES Online Store, go to the “Reference” tab and select “Understanding Geothermal Systems” to make an online purchase. Please note, RSES members will need to login to the website prior to purchasing in order to receive the appropriate member discount.

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