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  • INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESEARCHInt. J. Energy Res. 2010; 34:445453Published online 30 November 2009 in Wiley InterScience( DOI: 10.1002/er.1648

    Application of geothermal heat pumps in a renovated campus building

    Jae-Han Lim,y,z

    Department of Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, CheongJu University, CheongJu, Sangdang-gu 586,360-764, Republic of Korea


    Recently, geothermal heat pumps (GHPs), which are normally known as ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs), offermany advantages for heating and cooling of commercial buildings due to the higher energy efciency compared withconventional EHP system. In Korea, a recent requirement for mandatory implementation of the renewable energysystems in public building has been enforced for buildings with oor area exceeding 3000m2. While GHPs may be morecostly to install initially than the regular heat pumps, they can also produce markedly lower energy bills. For thisreason, GHPs are scrutinized as the heating and cooling alternatives in the renovation of the campus buildings inKorea. In this study, we investigate the application methods of GHPs for the renovation of the campus building, andcompare the energy costs of GHPs with that of conventional system. The objective of this study is to present anoperation status of GSHPs in a renovated campus building as an example. In results, when the GHP with water storagehas been operated during the whole year, the coefcient of performance (COP) for heating has reached from 3.12 to5.27 according to the leaving uid temperature and entering uid temperature. The COP for cooling has reached from2.86 to 5.49. In comparison results, the sum of the operating costs of GHP system was about one third of the currentheating and cooling systems. Copyright r 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

    KEY WORDS: geothermal heat pumps (GHPs); campus building renovation; energy bills; COP; operating cost


    For many years, ground-source heat pump (GSHP)systems have been widely used in many countries ofthe world, including Turkey, India, North America,and Europe [1, 2]. In Korea, due to the PromotionLaw of the New and Renewable Energy Develop-ment, Use and Dissemination, which was enacted in2004 and imposed an obligatory installation ofspace heating and cooling systems using the newand renewable energy (NRE) sources including the

    geothermal energy for newly constructed publicbuildings, GSHP systems have spread quickly upto about 60% of the total public installation ofthe NRE equipment between 2004 and 2007 [3].Starting with 35.2 kW of two buildings in 2000,the total system capacity has been 127.1MWinstalled in 551 buildings as of August 2008. AGSHP system uses the thermal energy of theground or groundwater as the heat source andheat sink for the space heating and cooling.Typically they cost more to install than the

    zAssistant Professor.

    *Correspondence to: Jae-Han Lim, Department of architectural engineering, CheongJu University, Cheongju, Sangdang-gu 586,360-764, Republic of Korea.


    Received 1 October 2009

    Accepted 1 October 2009Copyright r 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • conventional systems, however, they are expectedvery low energy costs and can also provide reliableand environmentally friendly heating and coolingwith buildings [46]. GSHPs typically were knownto have higher efciencies than air-source heatpumps (ASHP). This is because they extract heatfrom the ground or groundwater, which is about10151C at a relatively constant temperature alltimes of the year. The GSHP system mainlycomprises a heat pump, ground heat exchanger,and an interior heat distribution system. Thesecomponents affect the efciency of a GSHP system,the coefcient of performance (COP). According tothe ASHRAEs classication of GSHP system, theycould be subdivided into ground-coupled heatpumps (GCHPs), groundwater heat pumps(GWHPs) and surface water heat pumps (SWHPs)in relation to ground heat exchanger. GCHP systemis the closed-loop system, and GWHP system is theopen-loop system. GWHP systems in a semi-openloop arrangement are commonly known as stand-ing column well (SCW) systems. SCW systems usegroundwater circulated from wells as a heat sink orsource. The ground heat exchanger in these systemsconsists of a vertical borehole that is lled withgroundwater up to the level of the water table. Andwater is circulated from the well using thesubmersible pump in an open-loop pipe circuit. Alarge proportion of water is returned to the well.Compared with other GSHP systems, shorterborehole depths and more stable water tempera-tures make the SCW system an attractive commer-cial and industrial design approach [7]. Among theinstalled GSHPs between 2000 and August 2008 inKorea, closed-loop system (GCHP) and open-loopsystem (GWHP), including the semi-open loopsystem (SCW) occupy about 68.6 and 30.5%,respectively [3]. Especially, SCW systems haverecently received more attention in Korea becausethe re-injection of pumped groundwater minimizedthe amount of extracted groundwater and there isgenerally competent rock below a few meters ofsubsurface soils. According to the previousresearch, the COP of the GSHP must be greaterthan 3 to get an advantage over natural gas heatingsystem in Turkey [8].

    In Korea, the government established the New &Renewable Energy Center (NREC) under the

    Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEM-CO) and empowered the NREC to take charge ofthe development and deployment of a lot of energytechnologies, such as the geothermal energy, solarenergy, etc. To promote the installation of thegeothermal energy equipment, there are variouspromotion programs such as subsidy program,obligative applications of NRE in public facilities,and full supports for regional energy program. Withthis background, geothermal heat pumps (GHPs)has been scrutinized as the heating and coolingalternatives in the renovation of the campus build-ings. Although there have been a lot of researchesregarding the GHPs, most of the research focus onthe energetic or exergetic aspects of the geothermalenergy and its application [915]. To evaluate theeconomic feasibility of the renovation of the campusbuilding with GHPs, it is necessary to compare theenergy costs with those of the conventional systemafter the long-term operation. In this study, weinvestigate the application methods of GHPs for therenovation of the campus building, and compare theenergy costs of GHPs with that of the conventionalsystem. Also, the objective of this study is to presentan operation status of GSHPs in a renovatedcampus building as an example.



    2.1. The energy consumption in the campusbuildings

    For the past decades, the energy consumption ofuniversities in Korea has been gradually risingbecause of the severe outdoor temperatures withregard to recent global warming and also suddenexpansion of the campus buildings. Because thefunction of the campus buildings has been compli-cated according to the social needs of not onlyeducation but also research & development, it isinevitable to increase gradually in the energyconsumption of university. According to the recentarticle regarding the energy consumption of uni-versities in Korea, the total energy consumption getsto 397,130 TOE, which is the sum of 75 universitiesamong the whole country (see Figure 1). It is the

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  • same value of 353,000 ton in CO2 emission. Thatwas a remarkable value because 1.3 millions ofKorean pine trees should be planted to absorb theemitted CO2 gas. Furthermore, it was very amazingthat 23 universities were included in 190 energy-guzzling buildings in the whole country. Also it wasa notable issue that the portion of the electricalenergy consumption was very large. Similarly, somany universities in the world have perceived theenergy problems for each campus and tried toreduce the energy consumption.

    Most of the newly-built or renovated buildingsin university have tried to use the most efcientenergy sources, construction materials for walls andwindows, electronic appliances, and electric light-ings. For example, the NRE such as the geothermalenergy and solar PV system have been consideredas an alternative of the conventional energy sour-ces. Also examples include the emphasis on thethermal insulation of interior and exterior walls,and high efcient mechanical and electrical equip-ments. Most buildings have the HVAC systemsoperated by computer over the campus network.

    2.2. The energy rates for the campus buildings in Korea

    In Korea, there are several kinds of main energysources such as oil, gas, electricity, and the thermalenergy. In spite of the surging domestic energyconsumption, Korean government has been ableto maintain a stable supply of energy through thecontinuous expansion of the energy supply facil-ities. As for the energy demand by source, theoverall oil consumption is expected to increase byan annual average of 2% or more by 2010 and the

    oil price is gradually increasing every year, thedemand of oil for heating equipment are decreas-ing in the campus buildings, although the currentheating sources were oil-red boilers. As comparedwith the oil supply, gas supply is a little morestable since it is deposited widely around theworld. For this reason, the consumption of gas isexpected to increase rapidly in the residential andcampus buildings. Electricity demands also con-tinue to grow as people demand high-qualityenergy. As shown in Figure 1, the electricityconsumption in the campus building was enor-mous. Because there are so many equipments forresearch and education in the campus buildings,the demand for elec


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