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.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|Publication status||Published - 20 May 2019|
|Event||36th UIT Heat Transfer Conference - Catania, Italy|
Duration: 25 Jun 2018 → 27 Jun 2018