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A Review of the Modelling of Thermally Interacting Multiple Boreholes

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Author(s): Seama Koohi-Fayegh | Marc A. Rosen

Journal: Sustainability
ISSN 2071-1050

Volume: 5;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 2519;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: geothermal energy | modeling vertical ground heat exchangers

ABSTRACT
Much attention is now focused on utilizing ground heat pumps for heating and cooling buildings, as well as water heating, refrigeration and other thermal tasks. Modeling such systems is important for understanding, designing and optimizing their performance and characteristics. Several heat transfer models exist for ground heat exchangers. In this review article, challenges of modelling heat transfer in vertical heat exchangers are described, some analytical and numerical models are reviewed and compared, recent related developments are described and the importance of modelling these systems is discussed from a variety of aspects, such as sustainability of geothermal systems or their potential impacts on the ecosystems nearby.
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