North Shore Aquatic Complex gets solar technology

4:12 PM, Jan 30, 2014   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Mayor Rick Kriseman announced a major environmental project at the city's North Shore Aquatic Complex on the waterfront. 

The project involves a unique mix of renewable energies involving solar and ground water combined with more conventional means of energy conservation. 

Energy savings are to exceed $20,000 annually with additional savings in water and chemicals.

The scope of the geothermal project is to replace the ten air-cooled electric heat pumps that heat and cool the 50 meter pool with the equivalent capacity geothermal heat pumps. A geothermal pool heat pump works by using the constant temperature of groundwater to heat or cool a refrigerant that is used to control the pool temperature. The new equipment is projected to have a 20 year service life or twice that of the existing heat pumps.

Additionally, the project includes the installation of a new filtration system with high-efficiency pumps that will provide significant power, water/waste, energy and chemical savings, primarily due to having to perform only a fraction of conventional backwashing requirements. 

The geothermal and filtration systems are budgeted at $350,000.

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