Sensible use of primary energy in organic greenhouse production

C. Stanghellini, F. Baptista, Evert Eriksson, Celine Gilli, F. Giuffrida, F.L.K. Kempkes, P. Munoz, Agnieszka Stepowska, J.I. Montero

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Abstract

Review of the major sources for energy consumption in organic greenhouse horticulture and analyse of the options available to reduce energy consumption or, at least, increase the energy use efficiency of organic production in greenhouses. At the moment, the best way to match demand and availability of electricity (solar and wind power) is through the grid, also in view of existing subsidies for electricity sale to the grid. There is some scope for local application of solar thermal energy for heating and/or humidity management, although this requires a large investment in thermal buffering. In combined organic farms there is scope for biomass burning and/or biogas production. Technology developments ensure that currently there are commercial greenhouse operations that benefit from the use of biomass and, in some cases, biogas. Such alternative energy sources are progressively replacing traditional (and more pollutant) fuels.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication[Netherlands]
PublisherBioGreenhouse
Number of pages54
ISBN (Print)9789462575356
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • greenhouse horticulture
  • organic farming
  • energy consumption
  • greenhouse technology
  • heating systems
  • sustainable energy
  • fossil energy
  • air conditioning

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