Greenhouse Energy Conservation
Bubble Greenhouse Technology
|Principal Investigators: |
Margaret Skinner, Bruce L. Parker, Donald Tobi, & Cheryl Frank (UVM)
|Effective Dates: 6/1/2010 - Current|
Claussen's Florist & Greenhouses (Colchester, VT)
John W. Bartok Jr., Consultant. Greenhouse Agric. Engineer, Ext. Prof. Emeritus, Univ. CT.
Peter Skinner, Consultant. Engineer/Owner, E2G Solar Energy, Albany, NY.
Unfavorable weather is a bane to farmers leading to financial instability. Growers are turning to greenhouse production to reduce loss due to poor weather and increase the length of the growing season. Though plastic hoop houses are inexpensive to erect, they demand large amounts of energy, especially in northern climates. This project builds on our greenhouse network in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, partnering with growers to increase their sustainability through improved energy conservation. Two innovative energy-saving devices--a bubble insulation system and an energy curtain--are being retrofitted into greenhouses at one of VT's largest greenhouse ornamentals operation. This project is underway and cost savings have already been noticed!
Energy Curtain (Closed Position)
Exclusive Bubble Footage!
Vermont Energy Independence Day (VEID)* Bubble Greenhouse Video Segment 2012 by Nathan Lake, a UVM RSNER undergraduate student. Click HERE
*VEID is an annual celebration of how the people, communities, and state of Vermont are envisioning a resilient, responsible energy future. It’s also a crowd-sourced film, documenting this transition through the voices and creativity of Vermonters. Check out the VT Energy Independence Day website for the complete Movie and more information. Available: http://brightbluemedia.org/vteid/
See a quick clip of the bubbles in ACTION ! BubbleAction.avi
Articles & Reports:
Novel Appraches to Improve Energy Efficiency in Northern New England Greenhouses. July 2013
Survey of Energy Use & Energy Conservation in Greenhouse Production in Northern New England. December 2011
Soap Bubbles to Insulate Greenhouses: A New Approach to Energy Conservation. Small Farms Quarterly. October 2011.
New Hampshire Horticulture Endowment
Northeastern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)
University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Program