A DCF model (discounted cash flow model) is implemented in order to investigate the economic aspects of GSHP (ground source heat pump) for heating and cooling, in comparison to traditional CB (condensing boiler). The DCF model allows the analysis of investment costs, operating costs and revenues of the two different systems in order to understand if the GSHP outperform its conventional counterpart in coming years, explicitly taking account for factors as price/cost growth. The whole analysis is performed adopting a parametric approach, in which all the previous terms are linked to energy labels, degree-days and EMRs (Energy Mix Ratios), the latter obtained as ratio between the full unit cost of electricity and natural gas paid by the householder. Relating to different EMRs, the DPBPs (Discounted Pay Back Periods) are presented in decision support matrixes in which energy labels and degree-days are the row/column variables, to confront the benefits of choosing between GSHP versus CB. Some considerations are also presented in order to express the environmental aspects. The results show that all higher energy labels have a good profitability ratio between costs and payback periods and demonstrate that GSHP system does pay off. Lower labels become interesting when the EMR drops to 0,25 and the gas price goes up 0,70 €/Nm3.

Economic performance of ground source heat pump: does it pay off?

GABRIELLI, Laura;BOTTARELLI, Michele
2011

Abstract

A DCF model (discounted cash flow model) is implemented in order to investigate the economic aspects of GSHP (ground source heat pump) for heating and cooling, in comparison to traditional CB (condensing boiler). The DCF model allows the analysis of investment costs, operating costs and revenues of the two different systems in order to understand if the GSHP outperform its conventional counterpart in coming years, explicitly taking account for factors as price/cost growth. The whole analysis is performed adopting a parametric approach, in which all the previous terms are linked to energy labels, degree-days and EMRs (Energy Mix Ratios), the latter obtained as ratio between the full unit cost of electricity and natural gas paid by the householder. Relating to different EMRs, the DPBPs (Discounted Pay Back Periods) are presented in decision support matrixes in which energy labels and degree-days are the row/column variables, to confront the benefits of choosing between GSHP versus CB. Some considerations are also presented in order to express the environmental aspects. The results show that all higher energy labels have a good profitability ratio between costs and payback periods and demonstrate that GSHP system does pay off. Lower labels become interesting when the EMR drops to 0,25 and the gas price goes up 0,70 €/Nm3.
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source heat pump; discounted cash flow models; energy mix ratio; decision support matrixes
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