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Ground, Ice & Water

How Dennis Murphy & Leading Bay Area Innovators are "Groundsourcing" the Carbon Problem

The Yale Club of San Francisco has arranged to co-sponsor the Harvard Club of San Francisco's Clean Tech Thought Leader Series.   Yale Club members will receive the member rate at this event.    
 Ground, Ice & Water - How Dennis Murphy & Leading Bay Area Innovators are "Groundsourcing" the Carbon Problem
Ground, Ice & Water - How Dennis Murphy & Leading Bay Area Innovators are quot;Groundsourcingquot; the Carbon Problem<br />HCSF Clean Tech Thought Leader Series

Thursday, August 6th, 2009
6:30-7:00 pm - Dinner
7:00-8:30 pm - Talk and Q&A
University Club
800 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA  Map
Members of HCSF, Stanford SF, Ivy Plus, HBSA/NC and Columbia: $15
Non-members: $25
Price includes dinner.
Members may bring one guest at member price.
Registration required by Monday, August 4, 2009; no refunds after 8/3/2009.


Join us for a networking event and panel discussion on the positive power of "Negatherms" and the role that ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and allied thermal transfer techniques like ice storage and water gridding can play to significantly reduce energy demand throughout the built environment. Dennis Murphy, President of GroundSource Geo, leads a panel of energy innovators focused on new solutions to the age-old problem of providing heating, cooling and hot water.

By all accounts, reducing the energy demand from buildings is the major climate change challenge in this country and around the world. The US Green Building Council estimates that buildings are responsible for over forty percent of carbon emissions. When you consider that seventy percent of our built environment in 2050 has already been constructed, the urgency for retrofit-capable solutions becomes apparent. GSHP technology is a key piece of the solution. Oak Ridge National Labs estimates that aggressive adoption of GSHP HVAC systems can save 4 quadrillion BTU. That's significantly more energy than solar, geothermal power and wind power currently produce.

Murphy, a recent winner of the world's largest clean technology business plan competition, The Clean Tech Open, will present a crash course primer on GSHP and review findings from his high-profile California Energy Commission study, Project Negatherm. The panel will then highlight an astounding array of uses for the thermal transfer of energy: how ice rinks can heat homes, how your local water utility could provide your air conditioning, and how we just might demand-reduce our way out of this climate mess. Come meet industry experts and learn about GSHPs, a mission-critical technology as Californians rush to meet "net zero" building requirements by 2020!

About the series...

The HCSF Clean Tech Thought Leader Series introduces the HCSF community and guests to thought leaders working on the many front lines of clean technology. The series covers technological fields of wind, solar, hydropower generation, biofuels, green construction and transportation, as well as non-technical fields such as entrepreneurialism, investment, public policy, marketing and even job-hunting.

The series is chaired by Augie Rakow, intellectual property attorney and Board Member at the Harvard Club of San Francisco.

Sponsor Alston & Bird LLP is a national law firm with specialized expertise in regulatory, finance, land use and intellectual property aspects of clean tech law.

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