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Title: AN 241.3


A technical report on hybrid geothermal heat pump system applied to a turkey brooder barn in central Missouri. It includes engineering design, test report and feasibility analysis.

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  1. University of Missouri
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Research Org.:
University of Missouri
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B); USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Office (EE-4G)
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Report Number(s):
AN 241.3
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Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
15 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY; Geothermal, heat pump, waste heat recovery, poultry farm, energy savings

Citation Formats

Xu, Shawn, Energy Americas, LLC], Xu, Tingsheng, and Reed, Robert. AN 241.3. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1322663.
Xu, Shawn, Energy Americas, LLC], Xu, Tingsheng, & Reed, Robert. AN 241.3. United States. doi:10.2172/1322663.
Xu, Shawn, Energy Americas, LLC], Xu, Tingsheng, and Reed, Robert. 2016. "AN 241.3". United States. doi:10.2172/1322663.
title = {AN 241.3},
author = {Xu, Shawn and Energy Americas, LLC] and Xu, Tingsheng and Reed, Robert},
abstractNote = {A technical report on hybrid geothermal heat pump system applied to a turkey brooder barn in central Missouri. It includes engineering design, test report and feasibility analysis.},
doi = {10.2172/1322663},
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place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 9

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