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Assessing, benchmarking and analyzing heating and cooling requirements for glasshouse food production: a design and operation modelling framework

Title: Assessing, benchmarking and analyzing heating and cooling requirements for glasshouse food production: a design and operation modelling framework
Authors: Georgiou, S
Acha Izquierdo, S
Shah, N
Markides, C
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: Growing populations, increase in food demand, society’s expectations for out of season products and the dependency of the food system on fossil fuels stress resources due to the requirements for national production and from importation of products from remote origins. Quantifying the use of resources in food production and their environmental impacts is key to identifying distinctive measures which can develop pathways towards low carbon food systems. In this paper, a modelling approach is presented which can quantify the energy requirements of heated glasshouse food production. Based on the outputs from the model, benchmarking and comparison among different glasshouse types and growers is possible. Additionally, the effect of spatial and annual weather trends on the heating and cooling requirements of glasshouses are quantified. Case study results indicate that a reduction in heating requirements of about 50%, and therefore an equivalent carbon footprint reduction, can be achieved by replacing a single glass sealed cover with a double glass sealed cover.
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2017
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jun-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/70819
DOI: https\;//dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.250
ISSN: 1876-6102
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 164
End Page: 172
Journal / Book Title: Energy Procedia
Volume: 123
Copyright Statement: © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This article is open access under a CC-BY-NC- Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council
Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
Funder's Grant Number: NE/L002515/1
Conference Name: 1st International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource Use in Food Chains, ICSEF 2017
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Agricultural Economics & Policy
Green & Sustainable Science & Technology
Energy & Fuels
Food Science & Technology
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Heated production
Protected production
Glasshouse operation and design
Glasshouse energy requirements
Publication Status: Published
Start Date: 2017-04-19
Finish Date: 2017-04-20
Conference Place: Berkshire, UK
Online Publication Date: 2017-09-19
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Faculty of Engineering