Moving Carbon Emissions Out of Greenhouse Energy
Southwestern Ontario has the highest concentration of Greenhouses in North America. This critical agricultural sector is presently heavily reliant on carbon intensive fuels for their growing heating and electrical demands. Research by the Environmental Energy Institute (EEI), the Turbulence and Energy (T&E) Lab, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG), and the Ontario Ministry of Rural and Food Affairs (OMAFRA) is examining how to reduce the carbon footprint of the energy supply mix to Ontario Greenhouses. Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal, and Geoseasonal Thermal Storage technologies are being technoeconomically evaluated as potential solution components. Innovative and new transient energy and exergy modeling tools developed by EEI and T&E for the energy storage sector are now being adapted for this promising application.