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First Advisor

Geoff Pfeifer

Second Advisor

Derren Rosbach

Date

2013

Abstract

In Worcester, MA, a group of urban farmers in a community called “The Shop” built a greenhouse to grow fresh produce year round. However, the greenhouse becomes too cold during winter months to sustain plant growth. Having experience with composting, The Shop is interested in pursuing biogas– methane produced from anaerobic digestion of organic waste– as a means to heat the greenhouse. This project uses data from case studies and other sources to calculate the amount of energy needed to heat the greenhouse and the expected energy yield from different obtainable substrates. Results verify that biogas is a viable way to heat the greenhouse at The Shop.

Poster Presentation, Judges Award (2013)

Keywords

Power the World

Disciplines

Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Business | Education | Engineering | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rights

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

Power the World

Program

Great Problems Seminar

Format

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Evaluating Biogas as an Option to Heat an Urban Greenhouse


Poster Presentation, Judges Award (2013)

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