Drilling of Geo­ther­mal Wells un­der­way at Bishop’s Univer­sity

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Asof last week piles of dirt, dump trucks and men in hard hats have over­run the Bishop’s Univer­sity soc­cer field lo­cated next to the W.B. Scott Arena. Shortly this field will be home to more than just soc­cer prac­tice; it will soon house 60 geo­ther­mal wells which are cur­rently be­ing drilled by the com­pany Ameresco.

Bishop’s Univer­sity, with the ex­per­tise of Ameresco, is im­ple- ment­ing a cam­pus wide en­ergy ef­fi­ciency pro­ject with the geo­ther­mal wells as the cor­ner­stone. These wells will be used to heat and cool the cam­pus, re­sult­ing in sav­ings of $325,000 per year as a re­sult of the elim­i­na­tion of steam heat­ing re­placed by geo­ther­mal heat­ing and de­cen­tral­ized high ef­fi­ciency nat­u­ral gas hot wa­ter fur­naces. The re­sults are also sig­nif­i­cant for the en­vi­ron­ment as geo­ther­mal heat­ing al­lows Bishop’s to min­i­mize its re­liance on nat­u­ral gas. The an­nual

re­duc­tion in nat­u­ral gas will be equiv­a­lent to the amount needed to heat 337 large fam­ily homes. The cam­puses green­house gas emis­sions will be re­duced by more than 60%, the equiv­a­lent of re­mov­ing 1478 cars from the road.

The drilling and in­stal­la­tion of the closed cir­cuit pip­ing will con­tinue for six weeks be­fore the nat­u­ral sports field is re­stored to its for­mer ap­pear­ance and pur­pose. To see a live photo of the drilling op­er­a­tion, please go to the Bishop’s web site at : http://www.ubish­ops.ca/en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency-projects/

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