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Title: Demonstration of an advanced solar garden with a water ceiling. Final technical report, July 1, 1979-June 30, 1980

Abstract

A history of the solar garden with the addition of the transparent water ceiling is presented, and a statement of the overall goals of the program is given. The objectives of the water ceiling grant are detailed. The rationale of the transparent water ceiling is developed and its implementation in the solar garden is described. The experimental procedures for evaluating the water ceiling as an integral part of an ongoing garden agricultural experiment are discussed and the results presented. The water ceiling has proven useful in providing extra thermal capacity to the solar garden. It provides heat at night after the water has been warmed during the day and retards overheating in the daytime by absorbing infrared energy into the water. In growing non-flowering plants, such as lettuce and Chinese cabbage, the water ceiling showed no noticeable degradation in yield or maturation rate. In flowering plants, such as tomatoes, the reduced light levels delayed yields by a couple of weeks but the total yield was only slightly diminished. In geographic areas where there is less cloud cover than in Michigan the water ceiling could be much more effective.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Environmental Research Inst. of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5110868
Report Number(s):
DOE/R5/10122-2
DOE Contract Number:  
FG02-79R510122
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; GREENHOUSES; DESIGN; PERFORMANCE; SOLAR SPACE HEATING; SOLAR HEATING SYSTEMS; AGRICULTURE; CEILINGS; MICHIGAN; PRODUCTION; ROOFS; SENSIBLE HEAT STORAGE; SOLAR REFLECTORS; THERMAL INSULATION; VEGETABLES; WATER; BUILDINGS; ENERGY STORAGE; EQUIPMENT; FOOD; GREAT LAKES REGION; HEAT STORAGE; HEATING; HEATING SYSTEMS; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; INDUSTRY; NORTH AMERICA; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; SOLAR CONCENTRATORS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; SOLAR HEATING; SPACE HEATING; STORAGE; USA; 140901* - Solar Thermal Utilization- Space Heating & Cooling; 553000 - Agriculture & Food Technology

Citation Formats

Maes, R., Riseng, C., Thomas, G., and Mandeville, M. Demonstration of an advanced solar garden with a water ceiling. Final technical report, July 1, 1979-June 30, 1980. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/5110868.
Maes, R., Riseng, C., Thomas, G., & Mandeville, M. Demonstration of an advanced solar garden with a water ceiling. Final technical report, July 1, 1979-June 30, 1980. United States. doi:10.2172/5110868.
Maes, R., Riseng, C., Thomas, G., and Mandeville, M. Mon . "Demonstration of an advanced solar garden with a water ceiling. Final technical report, July 1, 1979-June 30, 1980". United States. doi:10.2172/5110868. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5110868.
@article{osti_5110868,
title = {Demonstration of an advanced solar garden with a water ceiling. Final technical report, July 1, 1979-June 30, 1980},
author = {Maes, R. and Riseng, C. and Thomas, G. and Mandeville, M.},
abstractNote = {A history of the solar garden with the addition of the transparent water ceiling is presented, and a statement of the overall goals of the program is given. The objectives of the water ceiling grant are detailed. The rationale of the transparent water ceiling is developed and its implementation in the solar garden is described. The experimental procedures for evaluating the water ceiling as an integral part of an ongoing garden agricultural experiment are discussed and the results presented. The water ceiling has proven useful in providing extra thermal capacity to the solar garden. It provides heat at night after the water has been warmed during the day and retards overheating in the daytime by absorbing infrared energy into the water. In growing non-flowering plants, such as lettuce and Chinese cabbage, the water ceiling showed no noticeable degradation in yield or maturation rate. In flowering plants, such as tomatoes, the reduced light levels delayed yields by a couple of weeks but the total yield was only slightly diminished. In geographic areas where there is less cloud cover than in Michigan the water ceiling could be much more effective.},
doi = {10.2172/5110868},
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place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {9}
}