Geothermal energy interest heating up

September 22, 2008
Written by UBC
UBC’s Centre for Environmental Research in Minerals, Metals and Materials (CERM3) has been selected as one of 15 innovative clean energy projects in British Columbia to receive funding from the province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund.
CERM3 researchers, led by Adjunct Professor of Earth Energy Systems Mory Ghomshei, will partner with Fairfield Propagators Limited in Chilliwack, the largest lily and chrysanthemum grower in B.C. Together they will create a demonstration low-temperature geothermal energy system to heat and cool
1988_mory_ghomshei a 12-acre greenhouse facility.

Dr. Mory Ghomshei is heading the CERM3 geothermal project with Fairfield Propagators.

The project is expected to save the company over $300,000 per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 2,500 tonnes annually. The collaboration with Fairfield Propagators presents UBC with a unique opportunity to develop a facility to demonstrate all types of geothermal energy systems to the public and other potential users.
In addition to this project, CERM3 has successfully installed a geothermal system at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver and is working on additional geothermal system projects in B.C
1988_sommer_n_ghomshei. and throughout Canada.

John Sommer, the owner of Fairfeld Propagators, with Dr. Ghomshei.

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