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Overview of solar energy greenhouse research at the University of Manitoba's Alternative Village

Authors: M. Yusim and K. Dick
Description: This paper presents an outline of preliminary research on the use of solar energy greenhouse technology in Northern Manitoba communities. A test greenhouse has been erected at the Alternative Village on the University of Manitoba campus. This structure uses a fabric building approach that incorporates an integrated back wall, arch assembly and thermal blanket system. It comes in small sections that can be easily transported. Frames can be spaced at any distance based on local site conditions. The test structure uses a 1.5m (5ft) interval between frames. Heat provided by solar radiation during the day will be stored in a thermal mass; at night when the insulating fabric blanket is covering the south facing side of the greenhouse, this thermal mass will provide passive heating to the greenhouse. There are two fundamental components to this research. The first uses environmental and energy data from previous studies and data collected from the redesigned research solar greenhouse to develop a computer model. The objective is to create a tool that can be used by designers to evaluate energy requirements for maintaining adequate temperatures within the greenhouse for a given location. The second component of this research will use the research greenhouse as the basis of an economic study to evaluate the feasibility of using this technology in Northern Manitoba. An overall objective of this research is to attempt to even the disparity between the cost of local production and transportation of vegetables from Southern Manitoba.
Keywords: solar greenhouse; greenhouse design; energy modelling
Technical field: Building Systems Engineering
Conference name: CSBE/SCGAB 2011 Annual Conference, Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, Mb. 10-13 July 2011
Citation: M. Yusim and K. Dick. 2013. Overview of solar energy greenhouse research at the University of Manitoba's Alternative Village. CSBE/SCGAB 2011 Annual Conference, Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, Mb. 10-13 July 2011
Publisher: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Date: 2011-07
Publication type:
  • Conference Proceeding
Type: Text.Article
Format: PDF
Identifier: CSBE11207
Coverage: Canada
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Located in: AGM Winnipeg 2011

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