Alaska SeaLife Center Using Ocean Water For Heat

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 3 years ago
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img_4913_1_1_The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has issued a release announcing the use of a CO2 refrigerant heat pump system, which will shift 98% percent of the centers heating use from fossil fuel to salt water. “This project reflects the core mission of the Alaska SeaLife Center “to generate and share scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine eco-systems,” said Darryl Schaefermeyer, ASLC Special Projects Director. “It illustrates the broad and tangible ways in which our day to day work can contribute to the long term health and sustainability of the City of Seward, the State of Alaska and the global community.” The system was in development for over seven years, and after completing two phases, water is pumped in from Resurrection Bay in order to heat the 120,000 square foot building. The system was completed by YourCleanEnergy, LLC, an Alaskan consultant and design firm, and utilizes a two phase system. This system will not only reduce carbon footprints, but is very cost efficient. The Center’s heat pump systems are estimated to save as much as $15,000 per month, with a yearly carbon emissions reduction of 1.24 million pounds per year, in comparison to the original conventional boilers. This is the first installation of a CO2 refrigerant in the United States that can replace oil or conventional boilers in heating systems. Sadly, most of us can’t jump on board with this set-up, since it requires a large volume of accesible salt water and a complex operating system. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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