The Real Costs of Protected Cropping Environments
Contemporary greenhouses offer many solutions for our future food needs but they use many energy-consuming systems that don't share energy or ecological synergies. These separate systems are expensive to install and difficult to control and maintain. Escalating energy, management, and waste disposal costs are limiting conventional greenhouses to only higher-value crops.
GrowLightsAdd 70-80% heat energy.
CoolingRequires large cooling and air handling systems.
EnergyCost of energy per kg vegetable growth is high.
CropsCrops are restricted to high-value products.