Optimal management of energy resources in greenhouse production systems

In the interest of reducing energy consumption and CO2 emission while maintaining productivity, greenhouse growers have installed a wide range of auxiliary equipment, such as assimilate lighting, heat exchangers, short and long term heat buffers, co-generation units and heat pumps. The task of the grower to manage his equipment in the most economical way has become very complicated, not only because of the complex physics of the greenhouse dynamics, but also because of the uncertainty in the weather, and, in addition, the strongly fluctuating market prices of energy. The main challenge of this project is to formulate and solve this optimization problem and to develop optimal scheduling or management procedures.