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Energies 2013, 6(5), 2428-2445; doi:10.3390/en6052428

Analysis of Fuel Cell Driven Ground Source Heat Pump Systems in Community Buildings

1,*  and 3
1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-713, Korea 2 NSSS Division, KEPCO Engineering & Construction Company Inc., 1045 Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353, Korea 3 Department of Automotive Engineering, Hanzhong University, San 119, Jiheung-dong, Donghae, Gangwon-do 240-713, Korea
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 3 April 2013 / Revised: 28 April 2013 / Accepted: 29 April 2013 / Published: 7 May 2013
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In the present study, a fuel cell driven ground source heat pump (GSHP) system is applied in a community building and heat pump system performance is analyzed by computational methods. Conduction heat transfer between the brine pipe and ground is analyzed by TEACH code in order to predict the performance of the heat pump system. The predicted coefficient of performance (COP) of the heat pump system and the energy cost were compared with the variation of the location of the objective building, the water saturation rate of the soil, and the driven powers of the heat pump system. Compared to the late-night electricity driven system, a significant reduction of energy cost can be accomplished by employing the fuel cell driven heat pump system. This is due to the low cost of electricity production of the fuel cell system and to the application of the recovered waste heat generated during the electricity production process to the heating of the community building.
Keywords: ground source heat pump (GSHP); community building; fuel cell ground source heat pump (GSHP); community building; fuel cell
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Byun, J.-K.; Jeong, D.-H.; Choi, Y.-D.; Shin, J.-K. Analysis of Fuel Cell Driven Ground Source Heat Pump Systems in Community Buildings. Energies 2013, 6, 2428-2445.

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