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Using Hybrid Solar Photovoltaic + Combined Heat and Power Systems (PV+CHP) to Enable Industrial Scale Indoor Plant Cultivation: a Feasibility Study
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6805-2112
University of Balearic Islands and Sampol Ingenieria y Obras.
Universita degli Studi della Tuscia.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A rapid population growth linked to intensive agriculture has originated several problems such as soil degradation, groundwater depletion, forestland transformation, and eutrophication of aquatic systems. Vertical farming offers an alternative for producing plants indoors in a resources and space efficient manner, reducing leakage of chemicals, optimizing water and land use, and allowing year-round cultivation. Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) also enables urban residents to access locally grown plants that would have otherwise been imported from far away, reducing transport and storage emissions. This comes with a caveat: the energy loads increase to provide artificial illumination and keep an optimal climate. To address this issue, the present work studies the feasibility of using a hybrid photovoltaics and combined heat and power system (PV+CHP) to satisfy the energy demands of an industrial-sized growth room. For this, different European locations and climates have been considered as well as various growth protocols.

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Keyword [en]
PV+CHP; Solar-powered growth rooms; Controlled-environment agriculture; Vertical farming
National Category
Energy Systems Forest Science
Research subject
Energy, Forests and Built Environments
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23475OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23475DiVA: diva2:1049721
11th ISES EuroSun Conference, Mallorca, Spain; 14 October 11-14, 2016
Available from: 2016-11-25 Created: 2016-11-25 Last updated: 2016-11-28Bibliographically approved

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