Geothermal gaining momentum

The 2024 Ontario Geothermal Association’s Conference was about bringing stakeholders, such as municipal advisors, HVAC/R professionals, consulting engineers and designers, developers, educators and utilities, together.

The event was sold out at 300 attendees, and organizers hope to reach 500 attendees next year. With the theme GeoThermal “The New Normal,” the schedule included keynotes, breakout sessions and a panel discussion.

While much of the conference focused on high-rise and large-scale projects, Patrick Marion, renewables development associate at Mattamy Asset Management, spoke about the challenges and opportunities of adopting geothermal systems in low-rise home building. “At Mattamy Homes, we’re leading the way in this sector with multiple communities already online and more under construction,” said Marion. He emphasized its benefits for homebuilders and homeowners, not just in sustainability but also in cost savings. (Look for more on residential geo systems in Mechanical Business’s May/June premier Heat Pump Journal, posting soon, where Jeff Hunter of Evolved Thermal Energy discusses system design.)

The conference was held May 22 at Mohawk College Fennell Campus in Hamilton, ON.

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