NYC’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral goes green with new geothermal plant

March 17, 2017 by  
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When St. Patrick’s Day revelers parade past St. Patrick’s Cathedral on NYC’s 5th Avenue today, they will be celebrating not just the patron saint of Ireland, but also a renewable energy future for the famous landmark. Last month, the Archdiocese of New York announced that the historic Saint Patrick’s cathedral activated a new geothermal heating and cooling system that will reduce the building’s energy consumption by more than 30 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 94,000 kilograms – an impressive feat for the largest Catholic Gothic cathedral in the United States. St. Patrick’s geothermal plant is part of the final phase of a four-year, $177 million renovation that has been overseen by the cathedral’s architectural design team of Murphy, Burnham, & Buttrick working in partnership with Landmark Facilities Group and PW Grosser. It is the institution’s first restoration in more than 70 years (it was dedicated in 1879). Related: Futuristic power plant complex generates clean power through wind, solar and geothermal energy The geothermal heating and cooling system consists of 10 wells in terraces flanking the north and south sides of the cathedral drilled through dense Manhattan schist (a coarse-grained metamorphic rock) to a depth of up to 2,250 feet. When fully activated, the plant will be able to generate 2.9 million BTUs per hour of air conditioning and 3.2 million BTUs per hour of heating through 76,000 square feet of space. While wind and solar grab a bigger share of the renewables market and garner more media attention, the potential for both geothermal electricity and heating is huge. The global geothermal power market is projected to more than double operating capacity to 32 gigawatts by the early 2030s, according to the US and Global Geothermal Power Production Report from the US Geothermal Energy Association. Currently only 6 to 7 percent of the world’s estimated geothermal potential is being harnessed. Related: Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change The Archdiocese of New York and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are not as interested in tapping the geothermal market as they are in heeding the call of Pope Francis to protect the planet and conserve God’s creation as written in his 2015 encyclical on the environment , Laudato Si. “A consistent ethic of life does not compartmentalize these issues. It prioritizes life and the preservation of life at every level,” said Cathedral Rector Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie. “One of the most basic ways in which we are called to do so is through responsible stewardship of our natural resources.” Images via St. Patrick’s Cathedral , MBB and Local 3 IBEW

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

September 9, 2014 by  
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Iceland Gets 99.5% of its Energy From Renewable Sources

August 24, 2012 by  
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Iceland is not a large country and it only has a population of around 330,000 — but  it does have plenty of geothermal and hydro-electric sources . Consequently, almost 99.5% of the country’s power comes from renewable sources. In fact, the country is so successful in providing clean energy, that other states want to get in on the action — including the UK. Read the rest of Iceland Gets 99.5% of its Energy From Renewable Sources Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , geothermal energy , geothermal plant , hydro-electric energy , Iceland , iceland renewable energy , undersea power line

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The Oatmeal Cartoonist Helps Raise $1 Million to Turn Old Nikola Tesla Lab Into a Museum

August 24, 2012 by  
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Matthew Inman , better known as the creator of the online cartoon, “ The Oatmeal “, may quite possibly have pulled off the greatest feat of crowdsourcing in recent memory.  After hearing that Nikola Tesla’s derelict old Wardenclyffe laboratory in New York was in danger of of being sold or knocked down, the cartoonist made a plea to the internet community to raise funds to purchase the $1.6 million parcel.  Within the first 6 hours, The Oatmeal had raised a quarter of a million dollars , and the figure is steadily rising. Read the rest of The Oatmeal Cartoonist Helps Raise $1 Million to Turn Old Nikola Tesla Lab Into a Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chicago world’s fair , crowdsourcing , Facebook , jane alcorn , mary daum , matthew inman , New York. , niagra falls , nikola tesla , the oatmeal , the tesla science center at wardenclyffe , wardenclyffe

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