Geothermal Integration in Smart Cities’ Infrastructure

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The eco-conscious movement influences various sectors of life. Recently, urban regions adopted renewable energy sources, increasing air quality and decreasing their contribution to climate change.Many U.S. cities established ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals, diverting their energy reliance away from fossil fuel sources.

Adopting clean power sources support individual, commercial and government regulations. Since President Biden took office, we may view lifestyle alterations. Fortunately, we can maintain our modern actions when supported by zero-emission sources.

Government Influences on Urban Living

President Biden established the Build Back Better plan upon entering office. He designed the blueprint to help America regain its financial footing after the pandemic and promote our transition towards renewable energy sourcing. Biden distributed two trillion dollars to the clean power sector, supporting development and employment opportunities.

He also signed the Paris Agreement during his first day in office. The signature represents our commitment to climate change prevention. All united countries will work together, reducing the global temperature by two degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels.    

Various cities evaluated the importance of national climate change prevention measures and established localized regulations. Part of their efforts transformed urban regions into smart cities. Automation and energy efficiency help reduce environmental impacts and significantly shrink America’s carbon footprint.

Zero-Emission Temperature Control

We fuel conventional, residential temperature control systems with coal and natural gas. Air conditioning alone utilizes 6% of the U.S. energy supply. When combined with heating, the systems generate 441 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

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Smart cities use geothermal systems, challenging traditional heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) emissions. The clean energy devices minimize HVAC air pollution by 75% annually. Zero-emission generation and reduced utility costs help cities widely adopt geothermal heating and cooling technology.

Established Integration

So far, individual buildings have installed geothermal HVAC units rather than entire cities. A leader in smart technology adoption is the Joyce Center for Partnership and Innovation. Canada’s largest net-zero building utilizes the system for heating, cooling and energy production.

The system stores ground extracted heat in the summer for indoor temperature control in the winter. The center has 28 wells, reaching 605 feet below Earth’s surface for optimal warming and cooling processes. Other buildings rely on 100% clean energy, utilizing supportive HVAC devices.

Smart thermostats maximize a geothermal system’s temperature control abilities. The autonomous device reads the local weather predictions and alters a system’s performance. It additionally uses motion detection, turning heating or cooling off depending on the vacancy of a building.

Smart cities are waiting to install geothermal systems throughout all buildings because of their high cost. Installation fees alone extend between $20,000 and $25,000, not including system prices. Additionally, one needs a plot of land twice the size of the building, generating enough energy to remove them from the grid.

Fortunately, environmental engineers and scientists are conducting technological advancements, improving geothermal land-use efficiency and decreasing installation costs. When system enhancements make renewable temperature control possible in cities, they may support urban regulations.

Meeting City Standards

Researchers predict that 68% of the global population will live in cities by 2050. Urban regions prepare for the residential influx by establishing ambitious climate change prevention standards. The regulations support environmental and human health preservation.

New York City plans on reducing its local air pollution and adopting 100% zero-emission power by 2040. Similarly, Los Angeles established ambitious climate change prevention regulations, limiting their greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in the coming decades. Conducting indoor temperature control with geothermal systems can help cities reach their environmental conservation goals.

A Green Transition

If you live in an urban region, it is best to adopt green technological advancements rather than resist them. Low-emission energy sources protect the planet and citizens’ health. When you utilize geothermal HVAC systems over the fossil fuel-driven versions, you may prevent climate change and adverse health effects for generations to come. 

Author bio:

Jane works as an environmental and energy writer. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Environment.co.

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