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Numerical Evaluation of the Benefits Provided by the Ground Thermal Inertia to Urban Greenhouses.


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Maranghi, Florian ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1759-332X et Raymond, Jasmin ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7486-9185 (2023). Numerical Evaluation of the Benefits Provided by the Ground Thermal Inertia to Urban Greenhouses. Thermo , vol. 3 , nº 3. pp. 452-482. DOI: 10.3390/thermo3030028.

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Communities operating urban greenhouses need affordable solutions to reduce their heating consumption. The objective of this study was to compare the ability of different simple ground-based solutions to reduce the heating energy consumption of relatively small urban greenhouses operated all year round in a cold climate. An urban greenhouse located in Montreal (Canada) and its thermal interactions with the ground were modeled with the TRNSYS 18 software. The following greenhouse scenarios were simulated: partially insulating the walls, partially burying the greenhouse below the ground level, reducing the inside setpoint temperature, and using an air–soil heat exchanger (ASHE) or a ground-coupled heat pump (GCHP). The heat exchangers for the last two cases were assumed to be located underneath the greenhouse to minimize footprint. The results showed that reducing the setpoint temperature by 10 °C and burying the greenhouse 2 m below the surface has the most impact on fuel consumption (−33% to −53%), while geothermal systems with a limited footprint (ASHE and GCHP) can reduce the fuel consumption by 21–35% and 18–27%, respectively, depending on the soil thermal conductivity and ground heat injection during summer. The scenarios do not provide the same benefits and have different implications on solar radiation availability, growth temperature, electrical consumption, and operation that must be considered when selecting a proper solution.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: community greenhouse; TRNSYS; dynamic model; air–soil heat exchanger; geothermal heat pump; earth-sheltered greenhouse; thermal insulation
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 07 déc. 2023 20:37
Dernière modification: 07 déc. 2023 20:37
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/13743

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