E-083 Ground Source Heat Pump Project Analysis

E-083 Ground Source Heat Pump Project Analysis

Ground Source Heat Pump Project Analysis

The Ground Source Heat Pump Project Analysis 4 hour PDH online course is a part of the Electrical category courses.

Maintaining a comfortable temperature inside a building can require a significant amount of energy. Separate heating and cooling systems are often used to maintain the desired air temperature, and the energy required to operate these systems generally comes from electricity, fossil fuels, or biomass. Considering that 46% of sun’s energy is absorbed by the earth, another option is to use this abundant energy to heat and cool a building.

A heat pump is used to concentrate or upgrade this free heat energy from the ground before distributing it in a building through conventional ducts. It operates much as a refrigerator or conventional air conditioning system in that it relies on an external source of energy – typically electricity – to concentrate the heat and shift the temperature.

Installation and exploitation of the ground source heat pump (GSHP) system requires carefully technical planning and financial evaluation. This course describes several systems currently in use and methods method used to estimate of building loads. Combining weather and building data enables the calculation of building loads for each temperature bin. With the GSHP related data, it then becomes possible to evaluate the actual heat pump performance and capacity for each temperature bin, and finally calculate the yearly performance of the GSHP system assessed.

This course is suitable for engineers with a desire to understand the fundamentals of GSHP system and issues related to their technical and financial implementation and exploitation. Upon successful completion engineers will be able to address GSHP terms, methods of operation and how to set up detailed technical and financial GSHP model.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course you will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • Basic theory and ground source heat pump technology background
  • Heating and cooling distribution systems
  • How to make ground-source heat pump project model
  • How to make energy balances for commercial and residential buildings
  • Building load calculation – Energy use model
  • Energy use evaluation
  • Commercial software modelling techniques, simulation performance and interpretation of the results

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