Performance analysis of a proposed solar assisted ground coupled heat pump system

Xi Chen, Hongxing Yang

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This paper presents the numerical simulation of a solar assisted ground coupled heat pump (SAGCHP) system which can provide both space heating and domestic hot water (DHW). The optimization process is completed on the TRNSYS based platform by simulating the influence of solar collector area on the total borehole length and system performance. Simulations are also carried out under different meteorological conditions to explore the applicability of the proposed SAGCHP system in northern China. The simulating results show that the optimized system under the specified load conditions has a collector area of 40m2and a borehole length of 264m. The annual total heat extraction plus 75% of the hot water requirement can be provided by solar energy in the optimized design. Furthermore, the energy balance of the optimized design is confirmed with a minor difference of 0.75%, and the system is proved more efficient and economical for its application in Beijing area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)888-896
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Heating
  • Optimization
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Energy(all)


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