Application of the UNFC Classification to Open-loop Ground Source Heat Pump Systems: A Case Study

Conti, P., Pellegrini, M. and Falcone, G. (2019) Application of the UNFC Classification to Open-loop Ground Source Heat Pump Systems: A Case Study. In: European Geothermal Congress 2019, The Hague, The Netherlands, 11-14 Jun 2019,

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This paper presents the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) to an open-loop ground source heat pump (GSHP) in Italy. The UNFC is a universal classification system aimedat facilitatingthe comparison and the decision-making process for all the stakeholders involved in a specific energy project. The classificationobjectis theexpectedgeothermal energy use following Project development. In this case, we deal with the replacementof somemethane boilersin the office buildings of anelectric transformation station withthree reversible open-loop heat pumps (nominal capacity, 3x70 kWth) and one open-loop chiller (nominal capacity,55 kWth).The paper provides a general view of the UNFC application, showing the classification stepsthe information needed to complete the classificationof a groundwater heat pump system,according to a “scenario” approach. The final Project classification at the date of evaluation (2018) is “Commercial Project, approved for development”. The geothermal Resource is 6.7, 11.6, 13.8 PJ in thirty years as low, best, and high estimate, respectively. The paper highlights the general applicability of the UNFC schemeandthebenefits in terms of reportingtheProject energy productioninaconsistentperspective including technical, economic, social, environmentalelements, together with uncertainties and risks assessment.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Falcone, Professor Gioia
Authors: Conti, P., Pellegrini, M., and Falcone, G.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy

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