Energy savings can be achieved by optimizing the climate set points in the climate computer, but even larger savings are possible if new equipment, such as energy curtains, LED lamps, or fans are installed. In the Virtual Greenhouse, the energy savings of installing new equipment are simulated and documented.
• Simulate the effect of different equipment in your own greenhouse environment on energy consumption, climate, climate setpoints, and plant production.
• Document the effects on energy consumption, plant climate, and plant production in a report.
• Import your climate data from InfoGrow 2.0™ and analyze the production performance in detail. Test changes you might want to implement. Analyze your data and find energy hot spots with very high use of energy and test different solutions to avoid them.
Main results from simulation.
Use of energy for HPS and LED lighting.
How to run a simulation
1. Define your grennhouse and climate control stategy
Define your physical greenhouse setup
Use weather data for more than 2100 locations or use your own weather data
Define the climate strategy
Data from Production
Use data from your own production
2. Run the simulation
Virtual Greenhouse simulates and compare how your defined greenhouse setup will perform.
Plant production measures as photosynthesis.
Heating and artificial light.
How effective is the production?
Simulate a year and see data for each hour of the year.
4. Use your results
What happens if you change climate strategy or hardware setup?
Analyze your production
Find situations where it is possible to change stategy and optimize production or ressource efficiency.
Generate a report documenting your production and changes.
6. Calculated parameters
Energy for heating
Energy for artificial lighting
Light at plant height
CO2 at plant height
Light use efficiency
Energy use efficiency