•A transient 3d- numerical groundwater flow and mass/heat transport model is built.•Operation and shutdown of a 5-km BHE drilled in a homogenous formation is examined.•Sensitivity of outlet temperature, thermal plume size and power output is analyzed.•Thermal conductivity of pipe, geothermal gradient are crucial to BHE performance.•Groundwater velocity acts as a catalyst for subsurface thermal recovery.
Geothermics – Elsevier
Published: Sep 1, 2015
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