Solar Heating Systems Design Procedure for Greenhouse With Internal Collection and Sensible Heat Storage

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A. K. Lau, L. M. Staley

Department of Bio-Resource Engineering, The University of British Columbia, 2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5, Canada

J. Sol. Energy Eng 111(2), 165-175 (May 01, 1989) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3268303 History: Received April 01, 1988; Revised November 25, 1988; Online November 11, 2009


A simplified design procedure for solar heating systems for greenhouses is presented. Computer modeling and simulations were carried out to analyze the effects of design variations in greenhouse construction and storage characteristics on long-term average system thermal performance. The key performance indices were defined in terms of the total solar contribution and solar heating fraction. The results of many simulations were transformed into correlations between monthly solar load ratio and the performance indices. Knowing monthly average meteorological data, designers and engineers can readily extract the necessary technical information for subsequent economic analysis to select the most cost-effective solution for a given design problem.

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