Thermochemical fluids in greenhouse farming. TheGreefa
Objective of the project (native language):
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Objective of the project (in English):
Greenhouse farming and energy intensive water recovery systems need new innovative applications to reduce their energy consumption. TheGreefa has the potential to significantly reduce the energy consumption in greenhouse climate control as well as in crop drying and will provide an alternative to energy intensive water desalination in arid regions. The uptake, conversion and storage of solar heat from greenhouses even provides the perspective to turn protected intensive horticulture from an energy/water consuming to an energy/water producing method, allowing to secure the important market of food production and food processing and to extend it to new regions.
Description of activities (in English):
The project demonstrates the technology in two demonstrators (Switzerland and Tunisia) and prepare a path to the market. Lab tests explore the processes and materials involved. Development of improved knowledge on modelling of the involved processes, the simulation and control of specific applications and the development of control strategies are further activities to provide a bright insight into the novel approach. Economic and environmental assessments improve the economic and environmental potential of the technology by reducing costs and increasing energy efficiency and allow to develop strategies to bring the technology to market as well as appropriate policies.