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An Introduction to Thermogeology: Ground Source Heating and Cooling

An Introduction to Thermogeology: Ground Source Heating and Cooling

David Banks

ISBN: 978-1-444-30267-7

Jan 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

352 pages


This authoritative guide provides a basis for understanding the emerging technology of ground source heat pumps. It equips engineers, architects, planners, regulators and geologists with the fundamental skills needed to manipulate the ground’s huge capacity to store, supply and receive heat, and to implement technologies (such as heat pumps) to exploit that capacity for space heating and cooling.

The author has geared the book towards understanding ground source heating and cooling from the ground side (the geological aspects), rather than solely the building aspects.

An Introduction to Thermogeology: Ground Source Heating & Cooling explains the science behind thermogeology and offers practical guidance on different design options.

About the Author .


  1. An Introduction
  2. Geothermal Energy
  3. The Subsurface as a Heat Storage Reservoir
  4. What is a Heat Pump?
  5. Heat Pumps and Thermogeology: A Brief History and International Perspective
  6. Options and Applications for Ground Source Heat Pumps
  7. The Design of Groundwater-based Open Loop Systems
  8. Horizontal Closed Loop Systems
  9. Pond and Lake-Based Ground Source Heat Systems
  10. Subsurface Heat Conduction and The Design of Borehole-Based Closed Loop Systems
  11. Standing Column Wells
  12. Thermal Response Testing
  13. Environmental Impact, Regulation and Subsidy

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  • a book to set the baseline for the science behind an emerging technology

  • authoritative guide to skills needed to implement ground source heat pump schemes

  • only book using SI units to adequately focus on the geological aspects of ground source heat