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  

Rob Andrews

Queen's University

Joshua M. Pearce

Michigan Technological University; Queen's University

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Andrews, Rob and Pearce, Joshua M., Environmental and Economic Assessment of a Greenhouse Waste Heat Exchange (2011). Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 19, pp. 1446-1454, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2006704

Rob Andrews

Queen's University ( email )

Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.appropedia.org/QAS

Joshua M. Pearce (Contact Author)

Michigan Technological University ( email )

Houghton, MI 49931
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.mse.mtu.edu/~pearce/Index.html

Queen's University ( email )

Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.appropedia.org/User:J.M.Pearce

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