(Journal of Commerce) “One of the World’s Most Unique Geo-exchange Projects”

Russel Hixson from the Journal of Commerce interviews Adrian Ryan, Director, Fēnix Energy Solutions Ltd.

Workers are drilling hundreds of feet into the earth in downtown Vancouver for one of the world’s most unique geothermal projects.

Basically we are building a rechargeable battery under the building. The goal was to minimize the invasive nature,” said Adrian Ryan, Director, Fēnix Energy.

The $2 million project at Cadillac Fairview’s 777 Dunsmuir Street property is being converted. The structure will use a geo-exchange system, rather than steam, for heating and cooling. Workers must drill 30 boreholes 400 feet into the earth. There were challenges to  working in the compact urban environment. Fēnix had to develop new drilling technology. Ryan said workers use a rotary mud solution and a close looped system in a compact machine to conduct the drilling in the parking garage underneath the building.

Crews only take up a handful of parking spaces, and the compact drilling and cyclone technology keeps the area clean.

Article courtesy of Journal of Commerce

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