Greenhouse cooling by NIR-reflection

S. Hemming, F. Kempkes, N. van der Braak, T.A. Dueck, A. Marissen

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    Wageningen UR investigated the potential of several NIR-filtering methods to be applied in horticulture. In this paper the analysis of the optical properties of available NIR-filtering materials is given including a calculation method to quantify the energy reduction under these materials and to estimate the contribution for greenhouse cooling. It can be concluded that the optimum NIR-filtering material is still not found but there is good potential for further developments. NIR-filtering multilayer coatings applied to plastic film or glass filter out NIR most effectively. NIR-filtering is not desirable during winter-time in most climatic regions. Therefore, NIR-filtering coverings should not be used in unheated greenhouses since they cause an undesirable temperature drop. NIR-filtering white washes still reduce PAR too much. NIR-filtering (moveable) screens could be an alternative in the future. Future studies should also investigate whether it is possible to use the reflected NIR energy for other processes or cost-effectively storage.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-106
    JournalActa Horticulturae
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Climate model
    • Coatings
    • Greenhouse climate
    • Greenhouse covering
    • Near infrared radiation
    • Plastic films
    • Spectral filter


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