A family-sized greenhouse for a remote mountain region of Nepal

Sawyer, Annabel and Fuller, Robert 2012, A family-sized greenhouse for a remote mountain region of Nepal, in Solar 2012 : Proceedings of the 50th Australian Solar Energy Society Annual Academic Conference, Australian Solar Council (AuSES), Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-8.

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Title A family-sized greenhouse for a remote mountain region of Nepal
Author(s) Sawyer, Annabel
Fuller, Robert
Conference name Australian Solar Energy Society. Academic Conference (50th : 2012 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 6-7 Dec. 2012
Title of proceedings Solar 2012 : Proceedings of the 50th Australian Solar Energy Society Annual Academic Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australian Solar Energy Society Academic Conference
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Australian Solar Council (AuSES)
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) solar greenhouse
thermal performance
Summary Food security is a significant issue in the remote, high altitude areas of Nepal. Malnutrition is common because the harsh climate restricts production and access to fresh food. Humla is a province in north-west Nepal where the severe weather conditions and limited arable land restrict the growing season of vegetables to only 4-5 months a year. Passive solar greenhouses are a technology that can be used to extend the growing period of vegetables. For the greenhouse to be effective in Humla, the design must be appropriate to the climatic conditions, available resources and the social requirements of the community. This paper describes the design and evaluation of a family-sized solar greenhouse proposed for Humla. Three solar greenhouses built in other high altitude areas have initially been reviewed to see what techniques might be replicated in Humla. The thermal performance of the proposed family-sized greenhouse has been predicted using the solar simulation software, TRNSYS, and compared against an existing design in the area. The proposed design was found to be superior and average night-time temperatures in the coldest month were predicted to be approximately 7°C higher. Overheating was controlled in the hottest month by shading and natural ventilation.
ISBN 9780646900711
Language eng
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051293

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