Energy efficiency strategies for ecological greenhouses: experiences from Murcia (Spain)

Becerril Hernández, Hilario and Rios Carmenado, Ignacio de los (2016). Energy efficiency strategies for ecological greenhouses: experiences from Murcia (Spain). "Energies", v. 9 (11) (n. 866); pp. 1-23. ISSN 1996-1073. https://doi.org/10.3390/en9110866.

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Title: Energy efficiency strategies for ecological greenhouses: experiences from Murcia (Spain)
Author/s:
  • Becerril Hernández, Hilario
  • Rios Carmenado, Ignacio de los
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Energies
Date: October 2016
Volume: 9 (11)
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Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Agroforestal
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

There has been a continuous growth in ecological agriculture (EA) in recent years. It is recognized as a production system with rational energy use and low demand for fossil fuels. There are many studies relating to this subject, in contrast to the few studies regarding the use of energy and its impact on the environment in ecological greenhouses. This article analyzes the strategies adopted by a Transformational Agricultural Society (Sociedad Agraria de Transformación) in order to improve energy efficiency in ecological greenhouses, with regards to the use of fossil fuels. The methodology is based on the Working With People (WWP) Model, which involves social learning processes over 30 years in one of the largest regions of ecological crops in Spain. The results show that the measures taken to manage the greenhouses have achieved a decrease of over 80% in terms of fossil fuel consumption. The experience demonstrates that EA, as opposed to conventional agriculture (CA), is a system with great potential when it comes to reducing energy consumption and environmental improvements through various strategies.

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Item ID: 44024
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/44024/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:44024
DOI: 10.3390/en9110866
Official URL: http://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/9/11/866
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 10 Jan 2017 17:09
Last Modified: 21 May 2018 14:52
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