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Assessment of two-level heat pump installations' power efficiency for heat supply systems.

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Introduction. Unlike fossil fuels, the unconventional geothermal energy resource is not limited. Therefore, one of the main trends as to the replacement of traditional and upgrading of existing heat supply systems consists in the transition to a low-temperature heating system based on the heat pump installations (HPI) using groundwater thermal energy [1, 2]. To implement the heat transformation processes at HPI various working bodies are applied, but not always their thermodynamic and thermal properties meet the heating systems requirements, especially in climates where the atmospheric temperature is low enough. [3] As the thermal load increases the heat potential augments and its maximum value implies also the maximum heat carrier temperature in the heating system. Therefore, during periods of highest temperature gap between the low potential heat source and the heating systems' heat carrier (especially in the sever climatic regions) to cover the full heating load, the two-stage HPI are used.

Analysis of recent research and publications. In recent years, there arises the need to improve the HPI efficiency [4]. The article deals with a promising concept of the two- stage heat pump system (Fig. 1), useful for heating systems with low potential heat source in the city of Odessa. This scheme operating principle is following: Water from the heat generator 9 reaches the pump 8, delivering it for heating to the capacitors 6 and 7, serially connected to the water feeding system. The cooling zone condensers separating superheated steam from the condensation zone thus provide the countercurrent working fluid--and--heated water circulation therefore enabling the temperature increase of the heated water that leaves the condenser concurrently reducing the energy loss from irreversible heat exchange. The primary stage capacitor 7 is heating the water from the temperature [t.sub.s1] to a certain intermediate temperature [t.sub.i]. then the water enters the second-stage capacitor 6 and is heated therein to [t.sub.s2] temperature. The low potential groundwater heat entering the evaporator 3 is passed to boiling working agent, which vapor at a pressure [P.sub.0] reaches the lower-stage compressor 1, where it is compressed to a pressure [P.sub.i], and divided into two streams. One stream flows into the capacitor 7, wherein during the heat transfer to the heated water it is condensed, and the other reaches the upper- stage capacitor 2 where it is compressed to a pressure [P.sub.c], and passing into the capacitor 6 it heats the carrier fluid from the intermediate temperature [t.sub.i] to a temperature [t.sub.s2]. Then, the working medium condensation through an expansion valve 5 passes into the condenser 7, and the total flow of condensate from the capacitor 7 is supplied via the throttle valve 4 to the evaporator [5].

For further comparison of two-stage HPI energy efficiency a heating diagram based on single-stage HPI operating with the groundwater energy source is represented (Fig. 2), where low-grade heat source (ground water), transmits heat to freon in the evaporator 2, the freon is boiling, and that steam absorbed with compressor 1, it is compressed. Then the freon is supplied to the water-cooled condenser 3, the water representing a high-potential heat source, which is fed into the heating system 6, equipped with a pump 5. Upon heat exchanging the freon steam is condensed and in the state of liquid refrigerant through the expansion valve 4, where its temperature and pressure drop, flows back to the evaporator [1].



The Aim of Research includes a comparative analysis of the considered two-stages HPI energy efficiency schemes using environmentally friendly refrigerant R152a for heating systems of Odessa city, with low-potential heat source represented by ground water in the temperature range [t.sub.st1] = 4 ... 12[degrees] [6], for a full coverage of the heat load on the heating system when the outdoor temperature [t.sub.0] = -18[degrees]C.

Main Body. In order to analyze the considered two-stages HPI energy efficiency schemes in Odessa city we shall use the method [1, 7], implemented with the auxiliary of the CoolPack program p, h-diagram (Fig. 3, 4) [8].

The freon evaporation temperature [t.sub.fe], allowing to estimate the enthalpy [h.sub.1] and pressure [P.sub.e] of freon at the evaporator's exit,

[t.sub.fe] = [t.sub.lp2] - [DELTA][t.sub.e],

where [t.sub.lp2]--low-potential heat source temperature,[degrees]C;

[DELTA][t.sub.e]--temperature drop at the evaporator's exit, K.


The freon condensation temperature [t.sub.fc], allowing to estimate the enthalpy [h.sub.3] and pressure [P.sub.c] of freon at the evaporator's exit,

[t.sub.fc] = [t.sub.hp2] + [DELTA][t.sub.c],

where [t.sub.hp2]--high-potential heat source temperature at the evaporator's exit, [degrees]C;

[DELTA][t.sub.c]--temperature drop at the condenser's exit, K.

Compressor's adiabatic efficiency [9]

[[eta].sub.a] = 0,98(273 + [t.sub.0]) / (273 + [t.sub.fc]),

where [t.sub.0]--atmospheric air temperature,[degrees]C.

Freon enthalpy at the compressor's exit

[h.sub.2] = [h.sub.1] + ([h.sub.2a] - [h.sub.1])/[[eta].sub.a],

where [h.sub.2a]--freon enthalpy upon adiabatic compression completing, kJ/kg.

Condenser specific heat load

[q.sub.c] = [h.sub.2] - [h.sub.3].

HPI specific heat load

[q.sub.h1] = [q.sub.c].

Compression work at the compressor

[] = [h.sub.2] - [h.sub.1].

Specific energy consumed by the electric motor,

W = []/ ([[eta].sub.e]/m[[eta].sub.e]),

where [[eta].sub.e/m]--compressor's electromechanic efficiency;

[[eta].sub.e]--electric motor efficiency.

Heat transformation coefficient

[mu] = [q.sub.hl]/ [].

Freon mass consumption

[G.sub.fmc] = [Q.sub.hl]/ [q.sub.hl],

where [Q.sub.TH]--HPI heat load, kW.

Electric power consumed by the compressor's drive

N = [WG.sub.fmc].

To analyze the two-stage HPI efficiency (Fig. 1) we use the methods [7].

Intermediate compressive pressure

[P.sub.i] = [([P.sub.e][P.sub.c]).sup.1/2].

At two-stages HPI calculation, the freon consumption at the low [G.sup.l.sub.fmc] and high [G.sup.h.sub.fmc] pressure circuits are found from the power balance condition

[G.sup.l.sub.fmc] ([h.sub.4] - [h.sub.9]) = [G.sup.h.sub.fmc] ([h.sub.4] - [h.sub.8]),

where [h.sub.4], [h.sub.8], [h.sub.9]--enthalpy at the process working points 4, 8, 9, kJ/kg (Fig. 4).

In such a way we obtain the ratio between freon consumption levels at the high [G.sup.h.sub.fmc] pressure and low [G.sup.l.sub.fmc] pressure circuits

[G.sup.h.sub.fmc]/[G.sup.l.sub.fmc] = ([h.sub.4] - [h.sub.9])/([h.sub.4] - [h.sub.8]) = (1 + [delta])/1,

where [delta]--the proportion of freon vapor produced by 1st stage condenser and this one produced by 1st stage compressor.

Enthalpy of freon vapor entering the 2nd stage high pressure compressor

[h.sub.3] = ([h.sub.2] + [delta][h.sub.4])/(1 + [delta]),

where [h.sub.2]--freon enthalpy at the 1st stage compressor exit, kJ/kg.

Freon consumption at the high pressure circuit

[G.sup.h.sub.fmc] = [Q.sub.hl] /([h.sub.5] - [h.sub.7]),

where [h.sub.5]--freon enthalpy at the 2nd stage compressor exit, kJ/kg.

Freon consumption at the low pressure circuit

[G.sup.l.sub.fmc] = [G.sup.h.sub.fmc]/(1 + [delta]).

Mechanical energy consumed by the 1st and 2nd stage compressor drives

[N.sub.m[summation]] = [G.sup.h.sub.fmc] ([h.sub.5] - [h.sub.3]) + [G.sup.l.sub.fmc] ([h.sub.2] - [h.sub.1]).

Electrical energy consumed by the compressor drive

N = [N.sub.m[summation]]/[[eta].sub.e/m].

Heat transformation coefficient

[mu] = [Q.sub.hl]/N.

Results. To calculate the power efficiency of the considered HPI circuits for the Odessa city heat supply system, adopted are the following initial data of that system thermal scheduling of 95 ... 50[degrees]C with cutoff at 80[degrees]C:

--ground water temperature at the evaporator's entrance HPI [t.sub.st1] = 4 ... 12[degrees]C;

--ground water temperature at the evaporator's exit HPI [t.sub.1p2] = 1 ... 9[degrees]C;

--temperature drop at the heat exchangers' exit [DELTA][t.sub.e]=5 K, [DELTA][t.sub.c]=5 K;

--compressor's electromechanical efficiency [[eta].sub.e/m] =0,95;

--HPI heat load [Q.sub.hl] = 502 kW (5-fllors building for 60 apartments).

--atmospheric air temperature [t.sub.0]= -18[degrees]C;

--heating intrabuilding devices--sectional radiators.


In order to analyze the energy efficiency of the considered HPI circuits application for the Odessa city heats supply system using ground water as low-potential heat source, ceteris paribus the following values have been obtained (Table 1, Fig. 5, 6). As the refrigerant selected is the environmentally friendly agent Freon R152a, convenient for enhancing the HPI efficiency due to its thermal properties [3].



The analysis of heat supply systems' parameters (table 1) using HPI when temperatures schedule 95 ... 50[degrees]C with cutoff at 80[degrees]C operating the low-potential heat source of ground water [t.sub.st1] =4 ... 12[degrees]C in Odessa city does evidence that the smaller is the temperature drop between the low-potential heat source and the municipal system heat carrier, the higher is the HPI efficiency. Therefore from power viewpoint, more efficient is a two-stages HPI based heat supply system, that is illustrated with the heat transformation coefficient [mu], which average increase is 19% when compared to a system based onto a single-stage HPI at the expense of lower electric power quantity consumed by compressors' drive N. un other words, two-stages HPI allow producing more heat energy for the heat supply system under the same electric power consumption level. Therefore to satisfy completely the heat loads of the Odessa city heat supply system, especially at the environmental temperatures below [t.sub.0] = -18[degrees]C, essential is to apply alternative heat supply systems using two-stage HPI.

Conclusions. Results showed that the less is temperatures drop between the low- potential heat source and the heat carrier fed the heating system, the higher is HPI efficiency.

By calculation, it was determined that in terms of energy for the city of Odessa more efficient is the heating system based onto low-potential groundwater heat source using the two-stage HPI, rather than a system based onto single-stage HPI that is demonstrated with average productivity increase of 19 %, as evidenced by the heat transformation coefficient [mu].

The two-stage HPI can almost 1,3 times reduce the average energy consumption, that represent their indisputable advantage when compared to single-stage installations.

Thus, the conventional heat supply can be replaced by alternative methods based on the twostage HPI use. This is of high actuality for the climatic conditions in Odessa, when necessary is to completely cover the heating load, particularly at ambient temperature below [t.sub.0] = -18[degrees]C.

DOI 10.15276/opu.2.46.2015.16


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Received March 20, 2015

A.E. Denysova, DEng, Prof., I.O. Bodnar, Master

Odessa National Polytechnic University, 1 Shevchenko Ave., 65044 Odessa,

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Table 1
HPI power efficiency parameters

                         N, kW                       [mu]

tst1,        Single-stage   Two-stages   Single-stage   Two-stages
[degrees]C       HPI           HPI           HPI           HPI

4               235,7         180,7         2,240         2,776
6               229,3         176,2         2,303         2,848
8               222,8         172,0         2,370         2,924
10              216,4         168,4         2,440         2,979
12              210,0         162,7         2,515         3,084
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