Energy use and development of online energy calculators for the nursery industry

Chen, G. and Schmidt, E. and Symes, T. and Zhao, B. and Cameron, R. (2011) Energy use and development of online energy calculators for the nursery industry. In: SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, 29-30 Sep 2011, Gold Coast, Australia.

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NCEA is commissioned by the nursery industry in Australia to develop online calculators and resources to assist operators to reduce their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and to determine renewable energy resources that can be integrated into their operations. This paper summarizes the main approaches and some of the results of this project. An online calculator (EnergyCalc) is developed and used in six nursery industry case studies to illustrate the energy assessment process for typical nursery operations to determine energy usage from different operations and practices. An online renewable energy calculator is also developed to provide an indication of potential for solar or wind systems to replace purchased electricity and feed electricity into the grid. The calculator can size the appropriate solar or wind turbine system and provide a simple cost benefit analysis based on available information of expected energy demand, renewable energy to be generated, electricity costs and system capital and operating costs.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Publisher does not formally support archiving.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2012 06:27
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 04:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy; renewable energy; greenhouse gas emissions; calculators; nursery
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0706 Horticultural Production > 070699 Horticultural Production not elsewhere classified
10 Technology > 1001 Agricultural Biotechnology > 100101 Agricultural Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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