On The Leading Edge
Whether its wanting to go “Green” or simply lower the cost of those monthly utility bills, many of us are looking for an answer that won’t break the bank and have a quick return on investment. Many people don’t even want to consider geothermal as a cost saving option because of the high price contractors are putting on the energy source. That’s where NexGen Energy comes in. NexGen Energy is a new company in the geothermal industry that is unlike any other. With the main focus to lower installation costs, NexGen is working towards making the most efficient source of energy on earth the most commonly used source of energy.
One of the biggest drawbacks to geothermal energy is the expensive installation cost of the ground loops used to exchange heat between the home and the earth. This is usually the most expensive part of geothermal. Current technology requires contractors to drive large equipment on your yard to drill your loops or even bigger excavators to rip up your lawn and bury the loops. This also limits installations to bigger properties and during warmer times of the year. NexGen wanted to improve this process and bring geothermal back in the spotlight.
NexGen Energy designed and constructed a machine focused on geothermal installations. Using an 1 ¼” line, they created a tool inside the pipe that drives itself down into the ground. Once the pipe has reached the desired depth, the internal components can be extracted from the back end of the pipe, leaving an empty pipe in the ground. Since this is done all with a the 1 ¼” pipe, installation can be done inside the house through a 12” hole in the concrete floor. This allows NexGen to install loops in tight residential areas because the loops are installed directly under the house. This also allows them to install year round since they never deal with frozen ground. A coaxial type loop is made by inserting a smaller line inside of the 1 ¼” line. The fluid then can be pumped down the inside tube and back up around the bigger line to create a closed loop system.
Creating a Standard
Choosing a geothermal contractor can quickly become stressful experience. One contractor says you need size “A” geothermal system while another contractor strongly urges you to go with size “B” that is bigger and is more “worry-free”, but costing you thousands more. NexGen Energy is solving this problem by giving the customer the system THEY need to see cost savings. Not necessarily what the contractor wants installed in order to cover their butt. A bigger system is not a more efficient system. NexGen looks at each home differently; even two houses that are exactly the same size. NexGen actually “listens” to what the house is saying. Instead of using complicated formulas and measurements of your house to figure the “right” size geothermal system is, NexGen can calculate the right size system by watching how often your current system has to run to maintain a desired temperature in your home. This allows them to get an exact loan analysis of the home without guessing how good your windows are or how much insulation you really have up in your attic.
NexGen Energy will change the market’s perception of geothermal. With the quick and clean loop field installation, geothermal systems can now be priced at a competitive level that is intriguing to consumers. NexGen Energy is taking the lead in geothermal energy and to create a place where the most abundant energy source on the planet is the standard source of heating and cooling in today’s homes.