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Energies 2016, 9(4), 228; doi:10.3390/en9040228

Performance Evaluation of Radiator and Radiant Floor Heating Systems for an Office Room Connected to a Ground-Coupled Heat Pump

Department of Building Services Engineering, Polytechnic University Timisoara, Piata Victoriei, No. 2A, 300006 Timisoara, Romania
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Received: 14 January 2016 / Revised: 10 March 2016 / Accepted: 15 March 2016 / Published: 23 March 2016
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A ground-coupled heat pump (GCHP) system used to provide the space heating for an office room is a renewable, high performance technology. This paper discusses vapour compression-based HP systems, briefly describing the thermodynamic cycle calculations, as well as the coefficient of performance (COP) and CO2 emissions of a HP with an electro-compressor and compares different heating systems in terms of energy consumption, thermal comfort and environmental impact. It is focused on an experimental study performed to test the energy efficiency of the radiator or radiant floor heating system for an office room connected to a GCHP. The main performance parameters (COP and CO2 emissions) are obtained for one month of operation of the GCHP system, and a comparative analysis of these parameters is presented. Additionally, two numerical simulation models of useful thermal energy and the system COP in heating mode are developed using the Transient Systems Simulation (TRNSYS) software. Finally, the simulations obtained from TRNSYS software are analysed and compared to the experimental data, showing good agreement and thus validating the simulation models. View Full-Text
Keywords: geothermal energy; GCHP; radiator heating; radiant floor heating; energy efficiency; simulation models geothermal energy; GCHP; radiator heating; radiant floor heating; energy efficiency; simulation models
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Sarbu, I.; Sebarchievici, C. Performance Evaluation of Radiator and Radiant Floor Heating Systems for an Office Room Connected to a Ground-Coupled Heat Pump. Energies 2016, 9, 228.

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