Dandelion, Google’s new startup brings geothermal energy under people’s homes

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Google’s parent company Alphabet venturing into another territory that may make heating and cooling homes cleaner and more affordable. Dandelion can bring geothermal energy right into people’s homes.

Dandelion

Born from Alphabet Inc.’s unit X, Dandelion is working as an independent company to provide geothermal heating and cooling directly into people’s homes.

Essentially, Dandelion brings geothermal energy under people’s homes where the system provides ample cooling and heating system that is renewable and less costly compared to traditional fuel-based systems.

Dandelion’s geothermal system utilizing the natural energy contained in the ground under buildings and homes to heat its interior in wintertime and reduce the heat in the summertime.

In the winter, water located inside the pipes absorbs heat from the earth. The pump then turns it into warm air. In summer, the pump pulls warm air out of the home and the pipes disperse the heat back into the ground.

ground loops

Installing the pipes called “ground loops” under someone’s lawn is a traditionally invasive, messy process. It involves using wide drills that dig wells more than 1,000 feet underground.

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Dandelion’s drill is fast and lean, allowing for only one or two deep holes a few inches wide. The system will cost between $20,000 and $25,000, compared to conventional systems priced as high as $60,000.

Geothermal systems are better for the environment because they significantly cut down on carbon dioxide emissions. In the northeast region of the U.S. where Dandelion offering its system traditional heating and cooling generates a lot of carbon because it widely uses fuel oil or propane as heating fuel.

Last December, Alphabet turned its self-driving car project into a standalone startup called Waymo, joining health data company Verily and Google Watch now part of Android. The division is known for its “moonshots,” or big ideas intended to shape the future, such as bringing Internet access to remote areas with Project Loon balloons. The company is now accepting sign ups from customers in New York. It plans to partner with local heating and cooling installers in the future.

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