Greenhouse Solar Energy System to Reduce Carbon and Grid Dependency

A Greenhouse Renewable Energy Technologies (GRET) R&D Initiative

This project is generously funded by the Agricultural Adaptation Council of Ontario.  It examines the feasibility of a novel solar energy system for Ontario greenhouses.  Solar thermal and solar photovoltaic energy harvesting technologies; as well as hydraulic thermal, geothermal, and electrochemical energy storage technologies are being evaluated as potential components of the proposed energy system.  The aim is to illustrate how such a system could work to reduce carbon and grid reliance of commercial greenhouse operations in Ontario.  Optimal designs will be assessed for sensitivity to potential influencing factors including fuel prices, electricity prices, carbon costs, system capital and operating costs, etc.  The study will also investigate the economic effects of potential government incentivization schemes.

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