Decarbonization Avenue University research @ CLIMAX

Geothermal heating and cooling system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

A geothermal heating and cooling system that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the building by 55 percent compared to serving its HVAC needs exclusively with the campus power plant.

Technically called a hybrid ground-source heat pump system, the technology works on the same principle as a window-mounted air conditioner that blows air across tubes filled with a refrigerant under pressure to cool the air in a room and sends the hot air outside.

A geothermal system transfers heat energy stored in the ground.

With a relatively low input of electricity to power the pumps and compressors, it keeps the building in proper balance and dramatically reduces the need for burning fossil fuel.


  • Power

Sustainability domain

  • Renewable Energy

Type of innovation

  • Core sciences & engineering

Stakeholder type

  • University researcher
  • Corporate researcher


Relevant for

  • Thermodynamics & heat sciences professional
  • Electrical engineer
  • Civil or construction engineer
  • Power engineer
  • Production or process engineer
  • Geological sciences professional

Innovation sector

  • Civil & structural engineering
  • Heat & thermodynamics
  • Power engineering