New (bad?) Loop Idea

Discussion in 'Standing Column Well (SCW)' started by Paedagogus, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Paedagogus

    Paedagogus New Member

    I'm investigating geothermal for use in an area of South Texas hill country (all rock and expensive to drill in). I have no surface water, and my well is very deep (850 ft) so I use a 2500 gallon fresh water holding tank to ease the burden of the solar powered well pump. I am wondering if I could use this fresh water or even rainwater collection tanks as a sort of closed loop SCW or pond loop exchange. The tanks are concrete and keep the water cool, but more importantly, any heat transferred to the water will be displaced when I turn on a faucet resulting in cool water being brought up from the depths of the earth.

    This seems logical to me, so I'm a little surprised that this is not mentioned anywhere. Am I missing something? Why wouldn't this work? Does anyone know of this being done anywhere?
  2. Palace GeoThermal

    Palace GeoThermal Well-Known Member Industry Professional Forum Leader


    the problem here is that the 2500 gallon tank will be over heated in a very short time.

    If you have a 4 ton heat pump, every hour you will be dumping 48,000 btus into the tank.

    This means that every hour of heat pump run time, the tank temp will raise 2.5 degrees.

    In ten hours the 2500 gallons will be 25 degrees hotter.

    You would have to run 2500 gallons of water through your tap every day in order for this to work.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2010

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