Heating Glasgow University with River Sourced Heat Pumps

McConkey, A., Poon-King, A. and Yu, Z. (2014) Heating Glasgow University with River Sourced Heat Pumps. In: 3rd IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain, London, UK, 23-25 Jun 2014,

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This paper investigates the feasibility of heating the University of Glasgow’s campus using a river water sourced heat pump system. The current heating demand of the university’s main campus was estimated by measurements and 3D energy modelling using software, Integrated Environmental Solutions. The river water used in the heat pump system would be sourced from the River Kelvin which flows nearby the campus. The quantity of heat contained within the River Kelvin is also determined through the measurement of flow rate and water temperature data over three months. An ammonia heat pump system is designed to extract and upgrade the heat from the river water to a heating supply at a temperature of 80°C. The financial feasibility and carbon footprint has also been analysed and discussed in detail.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yu, Professor Zhibin
Authors: McConkey, A., Poon-King, A., and Yu, Z.
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Research Group:System Power and Energy
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