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JSOC hosts seawater heat pump expert

Will Gastineau channel water be heat source for new developments?

Posted: April 3, 2013 - 9:10pm  |  Updated: April 4, 2013 - 12:15am

The chilly waters of Resurrection Bay hold enough heat in their quiet depths to supply the heating demands of the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward for the fish and mammals on both sides of the glass.

Energy Consultant and owner of Your Clean Energy Andy Baker was the project’s lead designer. He plans to bring his knowledge of ocean heat exchangers to Juneau for a one-day presentation hosted by the Juneau Commission on Sustainability.

For a little motivation consider that in the winter the cavernous Sealife Center has its water heated to 120F by the roughly 40-degree water it draws from the briny depths. The whole process leaves the center’s sealife seemingly unfazed and its energy bill as much as $18,000 per month lower.

Does this mean Juneau home-owners can wave goodbye to rising heating bills?

Baker plans to fill the two-hour presentation with background on seawater heat pumps, lessons learned and limitations of seawater pumps and opportunities for use in Southeast Alaska and Juneau – Gastineau Channel makes Willoughby District warmer?

Baker is scheduled to talk at the downtown public library April 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information visit www.yourcleanenergy.us.

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