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Coaxial Borehole Heat Exchanger Simulation With Power Generation Potential for Chachimbiro, Ecuador

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Diego Siguenza, Guillermo Soriano

Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Dawei Wu

Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

Paper No. IMECE2016-65862, pp. V06AT08A044; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6A: Energy
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5058-9
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This work presents a virtual coaxial Borehole Heat Exchanger (BHE) energy balance simulation in Chachimbiro, Ecuador. The purpose of this study was to estimate the power generation and optimize the engineering parameters from a virtual coaxial BHE of 1500 meters depth on the mentioned site. The methodology used was the modeling simulation based on mass and energy balance through AMEsim software, and the parameters employed in the model considered the previous location surveys besides a sensitivity analysis of geometry, pipe materials, and BHE insulation depth. The results showed that a single coaxial BHE on Chachimbiro would have a thermal power potential between 3–4 MW, and its efficiency would mainly depend on the thermal conductivity of the pipes plus the insulation casing depth.

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