A solar greenhouse has been designed that maximizes solar energy use and minimizes fossil energy consumption. It is based on a conventional Venlo greenhouse extended with a heat pump, a heat exchanger, an aquifer and ventilation with heat recovery. The aim is to minimize fossil energy consumption, while maximizing crop dry weight, keeping temperature and humidity within certain limits and satisfying a temperature integral. These requirements are defined in a goal function, which is minimized by optimal control. A greenhouse with crop model is used to simulate the process behaviour to determine closed loop optimal control trajectories. The boiler use is reduced, thereby reducing fossil energy use. Gas use is decreased by 77% compared to a conventional greenhouse with optimal control.
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Event||Greensys 2004 - Leuven, Belgium|
Duration: 12 Sept 2004 → 16 Sept 2004
|Period||12/09/04 → 16/09/04|