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What Is that?: Going Geothermal

Photo by Alex Smith/KCUR.
The city buildings of Prairie Village, KS will soon be heated by a massive geothermal system that lies just below this deceivingly minor looking construction project.

By Alex Smith


KANSAS CITY, MO – The City Hall, police station, and community building of Prairie Village, KS will soon have their temperatures regulated by a geothermal heating system venturing more than four hundred feet underground.

This low maintenance alternative energy system taps into the constant temperatures just below the earth's surface to cool a building in the summer and heat it in winter.

It is funded in part by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Even when the project is complete, passersby and residents of Prairie Village will notice little more than a few protrusions poking out of the ground near City Hall, reports KCUR's Alex Smith, who brings you this installment of our series What is that?

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As a health care reporter, I aim to empower my audience to take steps to improve health care and make informed decisions as consumers and voters. I tell human stories augmented with research and data to explain how our health care system works and sometimes fails us. Email me at alexs@kcur.org.
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