Bosch Thermotechnology, provider of energy-efficient heating and cooling products, recently was recognized by President Obama for its ongoing efforts to provide innovative low-cost renewable-technology solutions, such as geothermal heat pumps, to schools.
In a White House statement issued Aug. 24, just before the president’s keynote speech at National Clean Energy Summit 8.0 in Las Vegas, Bosch was recognized for “committing to dedicating part of its sales force to focus specifically on outreach to school districts in low-income communities, as well as in extreme-climate areas, where energy resiliency is paramount. These activities could include:
- “Working to educate stakeholders and decision makers in low-income communities about the opportunities and benefits of high-efficiency buildings, particularly schools.
- “Sharing critical information with stakeholders on how projects can be implemented in their regions, including case studies from existing Bosch school-improvement projects.
- “Providing best practices on how other schools integrate energy-efficiency projects into student curriculum and reinforce teaching and learning about energy conservation in the classroom.”
In his address, the president outlined an extensive series of proposals and actions for promoting clean energy, increasing energy efficiency, reducing energy waste, and developing low-cost energy solutions for residential and commercial use.
Key to the president’s clean-energy plan is to direct federal resources and build a coalition of state and municipal officials, private-sector partners, and foundations in support of clean-energy and renewable-energy programs nationally, with special emphasis on assisting low-income communities and veterans in saving energy.
For heating and cooling, recommendations and best practices for schools and other buildings include use of:
- Condensing-boiler technology to capture/use otherwise wasted energy.
- Condensing boilers in cascade configuration.
- Ground-source heat pumps in geothermal applications.
- Combining geothermal with solar photovoltaic energy to achieve zero-net-energy buildings.
Bosch Thermotechnology currently is sponsoring a national effort to provide information and resources on geothermal heating and cooling technology.