Solar energy use in greenhouses

Karaman S., Gökalp Z.

3rd International Conference on Engineering and Natural Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 3 - 07 May 2017, vol.2, no.2, pp.1066-1071

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • City: Budapest
  • Country: Hungary
  • Page Numbers: pp.1066-1071


Greenhouses provide the best conditions for plant growth and development in off-seasons. Heating is required in cold regions to provide these optimum conditions. However, heating costs constitute the greater portion of total production costs even in mild climates. Therefore, natural energy resources should be preferred in greenhouse heating in regions with available resources. Solar energy is quite available in almost everywhere and it is a free source. However, several technical and economic problems may be experienced in using solar energy for greenhouse heating. For solar energy to be used in greenhouse heating, solar radiation should be converted into heat energy and then this energy should be stored in somewhere for heating. In present study, potential use of solar energy in greenhouse heating was assessed, problems were put forth and possible solutions were provided for these problems.