2014 Tester Heat Pumps

Environmentally friendly geothermal heat pumps are keeping a Verizon cell tower at Cornell cool. The demonstration tower—a Cornell–Verizon Wireless collaboration—is designed to test whether geothermal heat pumps  

Cornell Cellular Tower Gets Sustainably Cool

May 8, 2014

2014 Tester Heat Pumps

Environmentally friendly geothermal heat pumps are keeping a Verizon cell tower at Cornell cool. The demonstration tower—a Cornell–Verizon Wireless collaboration—is designed to test whether geothermal heat pumps can replace wall-mounted air-conditioning systems as the industry standard. The ground-source heat pumps promise to save money and energy, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s 190,000 cell towers.

Faculty Fellow Jefferson Tester (CHEME) has been working with Cornell colleagues and engineering and earth sciences students on data collection at the site since it opened for operation at the end of 2013. His recent paper in the Geothermal Resources Council Bulletin summarizes progress so far.

Read more about the demonstration tower at Cornell.