Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

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Geothermal Conditioning: Critical Sources for Sustainability

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_422-3

Glossary

Geothermal direct use

Use of thermal energy in the earth or earth-coupled fluid as a heat source and heat-transfer reservoir for heating or cooling, without further conversion such as electric power generation

Geothermal heat pump

A conditioning device that operates on a mechanical vapor compression refrigeration cycle and takes advantage of the earth’s thermal energy and heat capacity to transfer energy between a ground-coupled liquid and the refrigerant and between the refrigerant and interior conditioning air or fluid

Low-exergy system

Heating and/or cooling system that provides energy at a temperature close to room temperature for efficient utilization of low-grade energy sources

Open loop system

A system designed to use groundwater or surface water for the purpose of extracting or rejecting heat for building conditioning

Closed loop system

A continuous, sealed, underground, or submerged heat exchanger through which a heat-transfer fluid passes to and returns from building...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Building Performance & DiagnosticsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vivian Loftness
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  1. 1.Center for Building Performance and DiagnosticsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA