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Mapping suitability for open-loop ground source heat pump systems: a screening tool for England and Wales, UK

Abesser, Corinna; Lewis, Melinda A.; Marchant, Andrew P.; Hulbert, Andrew G.. 2014 Mapping suitability for open-loop ground source heat pump systems: a screening tool for England and Wales, UK. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 47 (4). 373-380. 10.1144/qjegh2014-050

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Abstract/Summary

The UK Government expects that, by 2020, 12% of the UK’s heat demand will come from renewable sources, and is providing incentives to help achieve this. Open-loop ground source heat pumps (GSHP) could make a substantial contribution. A web-based screening tool has been developed that highlights areas where conditions may be suitable for installing commercial-scale (>100 kW heating or cooling demand) open-loop GSHP systems in England and Wales. In addition to the basic requirements for open-loop GSHP (i.e. the availability of a sufficiently productive aquifer within a reasonable depth beneath the surface) the tool provides information on existing abstractions, water chemistry and the location of protected areas. Validation and tool application show that it produces reliable results and provides an effective method for the initial assessment of subsurface conditions and suitability for GSHP installations. Hence, the tool can help to reduce uncertainty at the early planning stage, and also to promote GSHP technology to a variety of audiences.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1144/qjegh2014-050
ISSN: 1470-9236
Date made live: 24 Sep 2014 12:12 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/508487

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