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IKEA Tests Geo-Thermal Power

IKEA Tests Geo-Thermal Power

Swedish retailer tests an underground piping system.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK

At our PSFK SALON DETROIT recently, Milan Stevanovich and Jeremy Eckhous from the Advanced Energy Group spoke to PSFK readers about the environmental and social benefits of drilling holes hundreds of feet under buildings and then passing air or water through them. The idea is obviously gaining momentum because we now read news that home ware store IKEA is planning to take advantage of geo-thermal power at a US store.

The Swedish retailer will build a 415,000-square-foot store in Centennial, Colorado and they have drilled 500-foot-deep holes into the earth as part of its heating/cooling system, where heat will be pumped either from or into the ground, depending on the weather.

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