In situ optimization methodology for the water circulation pumps frequency of ground source heat pump systems: Analysis for multistage heat pump units

Autores UPV
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Revista Energy and Buildings

Abstract

In order to optimize the global energy performance of a ground source heat pump system, special attention needs to be paid to the auxiliaries as they stand for a considerable part of the total energy consumption. A new in situ experimental methodology based on the frequency variation of the water circulation pumps in order to optimize the energy performance of the system was previously published by the authors for a ground source heat pump system using a single stage heat pump with ON/OFF regulation. The original single stage heat pump was recently replaced with a multistage unit consisting of two compressors of the same capacity working in tandem. A new experimental campaign was carried out and a new study was performed in order to adapt the in situ optimization methodology to the performance of the tandem compressors unit, and, by extension, to the multistage case. This paper presents the in situ optimization methodology for the water circulation pumps frequency adapted for multistage ground source heat pump systems. Results show that energy savings up to 32% can be obtained by applying this optimization methodology.