Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
Project: GeoThermal Pool Heating
Florida State University’s Morcom Aquatic Center in Tallahassee includes a 50-meter competition pool and a 16-foot deep dive pool, both equipped with state-of-the-art Symbiont™ GeoThermal heat pumps utilizing deep aquifer wells.
This system transfers heat naturally stored underground to the pool water to keep it warm in the winter. The process is reversed to cool the pool during the summer. The well water and the pool water never mix. As part of the system, an intermediate stainless steel plate heat exchanger was installed to protect the heat pumps from potentially corrosive ground water. Since all of the ground water is returned to the earth via an injection well, there is no adverse affect on the environment.
The 825,000-gallon competition pool is maintained at 82°F year-round, the 625,000-gallon dive pool is maintained at 84°F. Both pools utilize a blanket at night.
Symbiont Service Corp estimates that the Symbiont™ system will save the university approximately $60,000 annually over the cost of heating with natural gas and provide summer pool cooling as well.
Project Address: 2550 Pottsdamer St, Tallahassee, FL 32310