IKEA launches geothermal system to cut energy use

08/24/2010 | ScientificAmerican.com

Furniture retailer IKEA, known for its massive stores, has partnered with the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado to create a system that harnesses natural underground temperatures to cut energy usage. The geothermal system, which will be part of the company's new two-story Centennial, Colo., store, will send liquid about 500 feet underground, where temperatures remain relatively mild and stable. The liquid will return to heat or cool the store as needed.

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