Environmental and Economic Assessment of a Greenhouse Waste Heat Exchange
Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 19, pp. 1446-1454, 2011
21 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2012
Date Written: 2011
As the economic costs of energy and the negative externalities associated with the combustion of fossil fuels threaten the economic viability of greenhouses in northern climates there is a renewed interest in the use of waste heat. This paper presents a technical and economic methodology to determine the viability of establishing waste heat greenhouses using the waste heat from industrial processes in northern climates. A case study is presented of an exchange between a tomato greenhouse and a flat glass manufacturing plant, which found the waste heat system is significantly more economic to operate than a purely natural gas system.
Keywords: industrial symbiosis, waste heat, exchange, greenhouse, industrial ecology, by-product exchange
JEL Classification: Q40, Q41, Q42
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