BMC HVAC Solar Energy Project
After a thorough assessment, it was indicated that the IZUNA Marine Campus (BMC) had a highly inefficient heating system. It was found that the main building's natural gas heating plant was also used to heat the training pool and had to run all year long, including the summer, to heat the pool. In addition, the latent heat in the line running through the building needed to be offset by additional cooling in the summer to maintain occupant comfort.
This project aimed to resolve these issues by installing an energy-efficient pool heating system that is powered by solar panels. This technology is called hydronic solar heating. A hydronic solar heating system was designed and constructed for the pool, which can be operated independently from the boiler heating system.
The primary objective of this project was to create an efficient system that would move away from carbon-based energy and reduce operating costs.
- The large main heating system was able to shut down in the summer months
- Most of the energy required to heat the pool is now coming directly from the solar energy via a series of evacuated tubes located on the roof
- The solar heating system is replacing a carbon-based gas fuel source
- A highly efficient independent gas boiler is used year round to supplement pool heating when the energy from the sun is not sufficient
- The expectation that comfort levels in the building will be improved during the summer and cool costs will be reduced