Google’s new startup uses energy from your lawn to heat your home
A new company called Dandelion, born of the laboratory “X” secret and futuristic alphabet of the parent company Google says it will offer owners of affordable geothermal heating and cooling systems. Existing systems are generally expensive with large upfront installation costs, discouraging homeowners from adopting the technology.
Home geothermal systems use the energy of the earth. Because geothermal energy is generated and stored in the ground, these systems use plastic tubes on the floor and a pump inside the house.
In winter, the water inside the pipes absorbs heat from the earth. Pump hot air spins. In summer, the pump draws hot air from the house and pipes to disperse the heat into the floor.
Pipe installation – called “earth ties” – under the lawn of someone who is a traditionally invasive and disorderly process. This involves the use of drill holes that excavate wells of more than 1,000 feet underground.
Dandelion drill is fast and thin, allowing only one or two deep holes a few inches wide.
The system will cost between $ 20,000 and $ 25,000, compared to conventional systems in the amount of $ 60,000.
Geothermal systems are better for the environment because they significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
In the northeastern United States – where dandelion will begin to offer its system – heating and cooling generate a lot of traditional carbon, as it heavily uses fuel oil or propane as heating fuel.
Buildings are responsible for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, according to the Green Building Council in the United States.
Most of these emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels to provide building heating, cooling and lighting, and to turn on electrical appliances and electrical equipment.
Dandelion is the latest X project that became his own company. Last December, the alphabet has transformed its self-driving car project into an autonomous startup called Waymo, joining the company’s health data and Google a certain watch now part of Android.
The division is known for its moonshots or great ideas for shaping the future, such as access to the Internet to remote areas with Loon Project balloons.
The company is accepting tickets to customers in New York. It is planned to work with local heating and cooling installers in the future.