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Emerging technologies in ground-source heat pumps for low-carbon heating and cooling in buildings

Edited by:
Ning MAO, PhD, China University of Petroleum (East China), China
Zhenjun MA, PhD, University of Wollongong, Australia
Liang PU, PhD, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Yiji LU, PhD, University of Glasgow, UK
Hyunjun OH, PhD, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
Jiaming GONG, PhD, The University of Tokyo, Japan


Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 December 2024


Geothermal Energy is calling for submissions to our Collection on ground-source heat pump (GSHP) systems as a major technology utilizing geothermal energy.

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About the Collection

Ground-source heat pump (GSHP) systems have emerged as a major technology utilizing geothermal energy. In the past decades, considerable growth in research and numerous applications of GSHPs and heating/cooling have been recognized. This progress in research promotes the application of GSHP and enhances its performance, including: ground heat exchanger enhancement and improvement, optimal design of a borefield, modelling of GSHP systems, operating control and optimization of GSHP, integration with solar/wind energy etc., multi-physics numerical modelling, heat transfer and fluid dynamics enhancement, application of artificial intelligence, thermal energy storage, and refrigerant development, etc. The objective of this special issue is to present the cutting edge of GSHP technologies in building heating and cooling to realize the low carbon target.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Mao Ning, Associate Professor, College of Pipeline and Civil Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), China

Prof. Mao Ning is currently Associate Professor at China University of Petroleum (East China), China, and ever worked as JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Tokyo, Japan from Dec. 2020 to Feb. 2023. He received his Bachelor’ degree from Shandong University in 2008, Master’ degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011, and PhD degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2015. His research areas focus on heat pump, energy saving, heat transfer enhancement, building cooling and heating, etc. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 academic papers. His total citation reaches 2900 (Google scholar), with h-index of 32. Apart from his academic duties, he is actively involved with editorial duties at journals: Nanomaterials, Fluid dynamics and Materials Processing, Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering, Topic Editor of Frontiers in Energy Research, Guest Editor of Energies, and Associate Editor of Frontiers in Thermal Engineering.

Zhenjun Ma, PhD, University of Wollongong, Australia

Dr Zhenjun Ma is a Professor and Deputy Director of Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong. He obtained his BEng and MSc degrees from Xian Jiaotong University and PhD degree from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research is mainly focused on renewable heating and cooling, distributed energy generation, thermal energy storage, and demand flexibility and demand response of buildings. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards such as an Innovation Award (Energy Efficiency category) from the World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies; an Excellence Award in HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) Research from the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating; and an Engineering Education Engagement Award from the Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

Pu Liang, Professor, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Prof. Pu Liang is currently Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University. He received his Bachelor’ degree, Master’ degree and Ph.D degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1997, 2003 and 2009 respectively. His research areas focus on heat pump system, heat transfer enhancement, thermal energy storage of phase change material, hydrogen energy storage and safety, etc. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 academic papers. His total citation reaches 1000, with h-index of 19 (Web of Science).

Yiji Lu, PhD, University of Glasgow, UK

Yiji is an Assistant Professor (UK Lecturer) in Energy Conversion & Storage Systems at the University of Glasgow https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/engineering/staff/yijilu/ focusing his research on the technological development of Low-Carbon Technologies including Renewable and Clean Energy Conversion, Energy Storage and Cleaner/Alternative Fuels to tackle Climate Change challenges. Yiji has published over 70 articles in high-quality international journals and peer-reviewed conferences, and one book chapter, with over 900 citations and a current H-index of 18 according to Google Scholar. Yiji is the Principal Investigator/awardee from the Royal Academy of Engineering under the Transforming Systems through Partnerships Scheme. He is a researcher at the £20m EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration and a co-investigator of the Case Study on an Integrated Zero-Carbon Hub. https://www.ncl.ac.uk/cesi/team/profile/ludryiji.html. Three Minute introduction - Yiji ’s work and vision on Energy Research for a Clean Energy Future. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6721417166857494528/


Jiaming Gong, Project researcherInstitute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo

Dr. Jiaming Gong is currently a project researcher at the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo. He received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2007 and 2009, irrespectively; and PhD degree from Hokkaido University of Japan in 2015. His research areas focus on free energy based two-phase flow LBM, heat transfer enhancement, SOFC modeling, etc. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 academic papers. Apart from his academic duties, he is invited as reviewers for journals and conferences: Physics of fluids, international journal of heat and fluid flow, Energies, ASME ICNMM, and Guest Editor of Energies.

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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of research articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 

Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Editorial Manager. Please select the appropriate Collection title “Emerging technologies in ground-source heat pumps for low-carbon heating and cooling in buildings" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.