What IS That?
Mon September 19, 2011
What Is that?: Going Geothermal
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?