A pilot project of “Networked Geothermal” is conducted in Framingham, MA to explore the possibility of reducing carbon emissions through the district heating and cooling networks utilizing geothermal. By taking advantage of distributed fiber optic sensing technology, CSI conducted three distributed thermal response tests and designed a ground temperature monitoring system for the ground source heat pump systems (GSHP). The ultimate goal is to understand properties of the underground and ensure that the ground is utilized in sustainable manner throughout the lifetime of the networked geothermal operation.
Collaborator: HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team),
Researchers: Jiahui Yang, Kecheng Chen, Yaobin Yang, Sumeet Sinha, Kenichi Soga (UC Berkeley)
Domains: Energy Systems
Capabilities: Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DFOS) – Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS)