Just in time for Earth Day, the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau has gone green.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility turned off its two oil-fired boilers last week. It’s now warmed entirely with a heat pump system that uses recycled sea water from scientific experiments.
Casey Kelly takes us on a tour.
Officials at NOAA’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau show off the building’s new heat pump system. As of April 13, 2011 the facility hasn’t used its two oil-fired boilers to heat the building. (All photos by Casey Kelly/KTOO).
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