1st Edition

Heating and Cooling with Ground-Source Heat Pumps in Cold and Moderate Climates Fundamentals and Basic Concepts

By Vasile Minea Copyright 2022
    396 Pages 128 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Heating and Cooling with Ground-Source Heat Pumps in Cold and Moderate Climates: Fundamentals and Basic Concepts covers fundamentals and design principles of vertical and horizontal indirect and direct expansion closed-loop, as well as ground and surface-water ground-source heat pump systems. It explains the thermodynamic aspects of mechanical and thermochemical compression cycles of geothermal heat pumps, and describes the energetic, economic, and environmental aspects associated with the use of ground-source heat pump systems for heating and cooling residential and commercial/institutional buildings in moderate and cold climates.

    • Based on the author's more than 30 years of technical experience
    • Focuses on ground-source heat pump technologies that can be successfully applied in moderate and cold climates
    • Discusses technical aspects as well as the most common and uncommon application fields of basic system configurations

    This work is aimed at designers of HVAC systems, as well as geological, mechanical, and chemical engineers implementing environmentally-friendly heating and cooling technologies for buildings.

    1. Introduction. 2. Outline of Building Heating and Cooling Loads. 3. Conventional Building HVAC Systems. 4. Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems. 5. Vertical Closed-Loop (Indirect) Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems. 6. Horizontal Closed-Loop (Indirect) Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems. 7. Open-Loop Groundwater Heat Pump Systems. 8. Surface Water Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems. 9. Direct Expansion Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems. 10. Building Internal Distribution Systems. 11. Future R&D Requirements.


    Vasile Minea is a PhD graduate of civil, industrial and agricultural installation engineering from the Bucharest Technical Construction University, Romania. He worked as a professor at that university for more than 15 years, teaching courses such as HVAC systems for civil, agricultural, and industrial buildings, as well as thermodynamics, heat transfer, and refrigeration. During this period, his R&D works focused on heat exchangers, heat pump and heat recovery systems, development and experimentation of advanced compression-absorption/ resorption heat pumps concepts, as well as on the usage of solar energy for comfort cooling processes and industrial cold and ice production. Since 1987, Dr. Minea has been working as a scientist researcher at the Hydro-Qu├ębec Research Institute, Canada. His research activity mainly focuses on residential and commercial HVAC systems, industrial refrigeration, geothermal heat pump systems, heat recovery technologies, low-enthalpy power generation cycles, and heat pump drying.