Sustainability assessment and performance evaluation of a Ground Coupled Heat Pump system: Coupling a model based on COMSOL Multiphysics and a MATLAB heat pump model

C. Alimonti (Corresponding author), E. Soldo, S. Minniti, M.F.M. Speetjens

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Abstract

The present study investigates the sustainable use of a ground coupled heat pump (GCHP). In order to assess the performance of this type of installation, a computer model composed by two parts has been developed. The Borehole Heat Exchanger (BHE) model is developed in COMSOL Multiphysics, based on numerical methods. Part of the results are fed to the heat pump energy model, developed in MATLAB. A real case study has been used to validate the model: the Faculty of Engineering of La Sapienza University in Latina, undertaking a renewal project for an abandoned part of the building. After the renovation, the building will host a research center on the topic of low-enthalpy geothermal systems. The analysis have demonstrated that the modelled GCHP system can supply a significant share of the energy required from the future research center. This amount of energy can be provided keeping almost stable the thermal balance of the surrounding region in the subsoil, operating in a sustainable way. The range of variation of the ground temperature with respect to the average value is within the limit of 5°C, which is the cap set by the international legislation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012023
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume1224
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2019
Event36th UIT Heat Transfer Conference - Catania, Italy
Duration: 25 Jun 201827 Jun 2018

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