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Environmental and Economic Assessment of a Greenhouse Waste Heat Exchange
Journal of Cleaner Production (2011)
  • Joshua M. Pearce, Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario
  • R. Andrews, Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario
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.
  • Industrial symbiosis,
  • Waste heat,
  • Exchange,
  • Greenhouse,
  • Industrial ecology,
  • By-product exchange
Publication Date
May 5, 2011
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Citation Information
Joshua M. Pearce and R. Andrews. "Environmental and Economic Assessment of a Greenhouse Waste Heat Exchange" Journal of Cleaner Production Vol. 19 Iss. 13 (2011)
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