Verbetering lichtinval winterlicht: Improving the availability of natural light in winter

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In winter at northern latitudes light is the limiting factor for crop growth. The design of the Venlo greenhouse has not changed for many years although the development of diffuse glass and use of Anti Reflection coatings were only recent. This report shows results of Ray-tracing calculations of the effect of several measures as roof slope, ridge orientation, symmetry of the roof, reflection of the construction elements and the effect of condensation on light transmission of the greenhouse. Results show that it is possible to increase light transmission by more than 10% in case a combination of measures are taken. Effects of standard glass on transmission are higher than with diffuse glass. The measurements on the effect of condensation shows a hugh variation but in average condensation can cost you light, 2% (standard glass) but can gain light as well, up to 6%. Economic feasibility and restrictions in constructions are not taken into account. The optimal winter light greenhouse means a complete re-design of the Venlo type greenhouse cover.
Original languageDutch
Place of PublicationBleiswijk
PublisherWageningen UR Glastuinbouw
Number of pages55
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameRapport GTB


  • greenhouse horticulture
  • greenhouse crops
  • greenhouse technology
  • construction
  • natural light
  • light transmission
  • condensation
  • diffused glass

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