Renewable Energy Technology Applications - Geothermal Energy Technologies  

Education Type: 
1 Hour


AIA Learning Units: 
1.0 LU | HSW
0.1 CEU

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Geothermal energy technologies can help Federal sites meet agency goals and legislative mandates,
improve energy security, and reduce environmental impact while efficiently providing electricity, heating, cooling, and other applications. The course covers sourcing and selecting cost-effective geothermal energy technologies and common implementation considerations.


Dr. Andy Walker, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)   

Andy Walker, PhD, is principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he conducts engineering and economic analysis of renewable energy projects for FEMP and other non-governmental clients. Dr. Walker is an instructor and has authored more than 28 book chapters, journal articles, and papers. He holds a bachelor's of science degree, a master's of science degree, and a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will learn to:

  • Understand geographic/climate considerations geothermal energy technology capabilities and constraints, and evaluation of various technology options;
  • Select the best geothermal energy technologies for building and site needs, considering the latest best practices and technical considerations;
  • Understand the differences between open and closed loop ground source heat pumps, types of geothermal power plants, and generation applications; and
  • Assess factors to integrate geothermal energy into larger energy systems.