Quad threat geothermal system delivers record efficiency ratings
Like automakers, heating and air conditioning manufacturers are in a horsepower race of their own. But instead of engine output, they're looking at energy efficiency.
One of the leaders of the pack in the geothermal or ground source heat pump space is ClimateMaster, which produces a geothermal heat pump rated to exceed 40 EER at ground loop conditions by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute.
At the 2015 International Builders' Show, Titian Burress, residential marketing development manager for ClimateMaster, reviewed the Trilogy Q-Mode system. The ClimateMaster Trilogy Q-Mode was developed collaboratively with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and received the 2013 R&D 100 Award in the “Energy Technology” category, and was evaluated on its design, development, testing and production elements.
Burress said The Trilogy Q-Mode employs variable-speed technology to provide an extremely wide range of heating and cooling capacities, with the ability to perfectly match loads to as low as 30 percent of maximum. In addition, patent-pending Q-Mode technology produces year-round domestic hot water on demand, even when space conditioning is not required.
The Trilogy Q-Mode series is the outcome of a five-year collaboration between ClimateMaster and ORNL, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Program. Based on field tests and analysis by ORNL, the Trilogy Q-Mode can save 55 to 65 percent of annual energy use and cost for space conditioning and water heating in residential applications versus new minimum efficiency (SEER 13) conventional systems, and 30 to 35 percent versus current state-of-the-art two-stage geothermal heat pumps.
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