30 April 2010

Development and Planned Operation of a Ground Source Heat Pump Test Facility

A new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning laboratory has been established at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The new laboratory provides test facilities for experimental studies of various HVAC systems including borehole thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. The test facility can be used to test operation and control strategies, to develop and validate models for ground source heat pump systems and to conduct thermal response tests. This paper reports on the design and development of the laboratory’s ground storage and heat pump system and its planned operation.