AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW ENERGY GREENHOUSE BASED ON THERMAL STORAGE ROCKPILES

J. Blackwell, K.V. Garzoli
Australian conditions with high winter and summer insolation and clear, dry winter skies result in high daily temperatures in the glasshouse and a substantial radiation component in the night-time energy loss (60–70% of total). Traditional European type greenhouses are not suited to these conditions on either light or thermal grounds, requiring considerable energy inputs for winter heating and to a lesser extent summer cooling. Development of a thermal storage rockpile system which incorporates a solar air heater and evaporative cooling facility is described. Significant reduction in fossil fuel requirement for climate control has been achieved.
Blackwell, J. and Garzoli, K.V. (1981). AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW ENERGY GREENHOUSE BASED ON THERMAL STORAGE ROCKPILES. Acta Hortic. 115, 113-124
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1981.115.12
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1981.115.12

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