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Geothermal air conditioning: typical applications using deep-warm and shallow-cool reservoirs for cooling in Perth, Western Australia

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Whittaker, PB and Wang, X and Regenauer-Lieb, K and Blair, D and Chua, HT, Geothermal air conditioning: typical applications using deep-warm and shallow-cool reservoirs for cooling in Perth, Western Australia, IJSMDO: International Journal for Simulation and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, 5 Article A10. ISSN 1779-627X (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2013 EDP Sciences

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/ijsmdo/2011013

DOI: doi:10.1051/smdo/2013010

Abstract

Geothermal heat is a sustainable form of alternative energy, commonly associated with the production of electricity along tectonic plate boundaries and in volcanically active zones. Outside of these special regions however it is rare to find a geothermal gradient high enough to achieve pay back on projects for generating electricity. On the other hand regions containing sedimentary aquifers are far more common and these aquifers frequently have a sufficiently high temperature gradient to make direct use of the thermal energy attractive. Meanwhile highly permeable aquifers occurring at shallow depths are possible sources for cooling water or can be both heat sources and sinks when used in combination with heat pumps. We provide a case study for the use of thermally driven absorption chillers on the University of Western Australia campus in Perth and discuss two ongoing projects: one for the heating and cooling of the offices of the Australian Resources Research Council using a reversible heat pump and the other the climate control of the planned Australian International Gravitational Observatory.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainability, HVAC, case study, thermo-economic analysis, ground source
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Mechanical Engineering
Research Field:Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable Energy
Objective Field:Geothermal Energy
Author:Wang, X (Associate Professor Xiaolin Wang)
ID Code:86508
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2013-09-19
Last Modified:2015-01-22
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