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Thermochemical fluids in greenhouse farming

Objective

This project is aimed at a new technology for heating, cooling, air humidity control and water recovery in greenhouses as well as for drying of agricultural goods using thermo-chemical conversion principles based on the use of salt solutions (thermochemical fluids). The common effect in all applications is the hygroscopic property of thermochemical fluids, allowing an uptake of water vapor from air thus releasing sensible heat involved in the phase change. The technology allows to (1) use unexplored potentials of solar- and residual heat at farm level, (2) to convert and to store the heat into thermochemical potential without thermal losses and (3) to use the potential through re-conversion of the potential into heat within the above-mentioned applications. Within two different demonstrators in Central European Climate (heating) and Mediterranean Climate (cooling, water recovery and desalination) the technology will be tested, further developed and disseminated. Lab tests will explore the processes and materials involved, will include tests on material drying and on interactions between different applications. Development of improved knowledge on modelling of the involved processes, the simulation and control of specific applications and the development of control strategies are further tasks to provide a bright insight into the novel approach. Strategies to bring the technology to market will be developed. Thermochemical applications in agriculture have the potential to significantly reduce the energy consumption in greenhouse climate control as well as in crop drying and will provide an alternative to energy intensive water desalination in arid regions. The uptake, conversion and storage of solar heat from greenhouses even provides the perspective to turn protected intensive horticulture from an energy/water consuming to an energy/water producing method, allowing to secure the important market of food production and food processing and to extend it to new regions.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/natural resource management/desalination
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

H2020-FNR-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Address
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 242 593,75

Participants (10)

WATERGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 257 223,75
Address
Oderberger Strasse 3
10435 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 970 750
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHES EN GENIE RURAL, EAUX ET FORETS
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 156 625
Address
Rue Hédi El Karray
2080 Ariana
Activity type
Research Organisations
SFERA SOCIETA' AGRICOLA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 132 562,50
Address
Corso Indipendenza 5
20129 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYPERBOREA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 48 037,50
Address
Via Giuntini 25/6
56023 Cascina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MEYER ORCHIDEEN AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 113 196,13
Address
Roswis 12-14
8602 Wangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STRANE INNOVATION
France
EU contribution
€ 416 500
Address
2 Route De La Noue
91190 Gif Sur Yvette
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IZNAB SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 218 837
Address
Ul. Pory 78
02 757 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 206 475
Address
Carretera Sacramento Canada
04120 Almeria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MORAGUES AND SCADE ABOGADOS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 266 437,50
Address
Paseo Campo Volantin 20 3
48007 Bilbao
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)