Increasing the use of clean heating and cooling technologies supports governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Green New Deal - the most aggressive climate and clean energy program in the US - and New Efficiency: New York's 2025 energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by an amount equivalent to the energy annually consumed by 1.8 million homes.
Alicia Barton, president and CEO, NYSERDA, said: "This new technology is a game-changer for the clean heating and cooling industry, and will significantly help scale up the number of homes using geothermal systems, which is critical to meeting governor Cuomo's nation-leading clean energy goals.
"We applaud forward-thinking companies such as Dandelion for bringing its cost-effective and innovative solutions to the marketplace, expanding consumer options and helping us reduce harmful emissions and stewarding the environment for generations to come."
"Dandelion Energy's mission is to make geothermal available and affordable for everyone. Our new Sonic Drill Suite expands access to cleaner, more affordable home heating and cooling. That's good for our planet and our economy," said James Quazi, co-founder and CTO of Dandelion Energy.
"We've focused on developing technology that lowers cost, increases speed, and reduces the size and disperses the weight of the drilling equipment so more people can access this vital clean technology."
Dandelion's innovative new Sonic Drill Suite technology reduces the time it takes to install geothermal systems from up to one-week to one-day. In addition, the Sonic Drill Suite's smaller design enables installations at homes where traditional, larger drilling equipment cannot be used, thereby expanding access to 25 per cent more locations throughout New York.
This new technology was developed and tested by Dandelion as part of NYSERDA's Next Generation Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Innovation Challenges, which support clean energy companies looking to develop, commercialise and demonstrate new technologies for HVAC systems. Dandelion's drilling research and development aims to reduce the cost of drilling by up to 50 per cent, resulting in reductions of the overall cost of installing geothermal for New York homeowners by approximately 20 per cent. As part of NYSERDA's award, a third-party measurement and verification firm will study the technology against conventional drilling to understand the level of cost reduction that can be achieved in the field today. Based on initial learnings, the second part of the grant will support Dandelion to further advance their innovative technology in pursuit of further efficiencies and cost reductions.
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