Faculty Advisor

Tilley, Burt S.


This report looks at the impacts and limitations of ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) for residential heating and cooling. While GSHPs could be a viable solution to the energy and environmental issues in the world, so far GSHPs have failed a widespread market penetration due to its high initial cost and space requirements. Through hybridization with other renewable technology it is however possible to lessen those limitations. Based on surveys we conducted, we believe that consumers are more interested in green technologies and that GSHPs will hold a larger market share in the future despite its limitations.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences