Alphabet’s spin-off X a.k.a Moonshot Factory is dedicated towards identifying new methods to make the world a better place to live in. Just like the Google Project Sunroof which craves to harness solar energy for off-grid home solutions, Moonshot Factory also wants to harness natural sources of energy for powering future homes. The only difference is that unlike Project Sunroof, Moonshot Factory’s independent spun out wants to harness energy under the earth’s crust for regulating temperature inside our homes.
X’s spin off Dandelion is a geothermal heating and cooling startup which uses geothermal energy to regulate temperature in your home interiors. Dandelion uses 300-500 feet plastic pipes which are inserted underground. At this depth the temperature is around 50°F (10°C), and it stays constant all year round, be it summer or winter season.
Dandelion uses these U-shaped pipes to circulate water using a pump on the surface, and a heat pump, both of which can beam warm or cold air inside the dwelling. During summers heat inside the home is transferred to the ground, while in winters hot air is shot into the home for cozy interiors.
Dandelion CEO Kathy Hannun said:
We started this project because we realized millions of homeowners are using expensive, truck-delivered fuels because they don’t have access to better options today. We knew if installing a geothermal heat pump was a simpler and more affordable process, these homeowners would have access to a better product that’s also better for the climate.
Just like Project Sunroof, Dandelion also lets you know if your home is within the serviceable area for installation, as currently the service is only available in certain location in New York.
The only cost that you have to pay is the initial installation charge, and you are sorted for almost 10 years before you require routine part replacement and maintenance. It only takes 2-3 days to complete the installation.
Thereafter, you’ll not only have temperature controlled environment in your house, but also the option to replace your electric/gas-powered water heater with this geothermal system.