Purpose and goal
The aim is to find technical, economic and social synergies between greenhouse (GH) and data centers (DC) that can contribute to make vegetable farming competitive and sustainable in Nordic countries, with the objectives: - How to technically utilize the potential of DC waste heat to supply GH in an energy and cost-efficient way? - What is the socio-economic potential of integrating GHs with DCs? - How to plan and steer sustainable farming strategies in urban-rural contexts in order to boost social and economic activities that can increase the number of GH vegetable farms and farmers.
Expected results and effects
This project will support anyone interested in urban-farming by providing cost-efficient solutions, where low grade waste heat is the primary heating source, and also taking partnership with particularly groups with social-economic challenges. The impact will be communicated to authorities and other actors that play an important role in decision-making. Furthermore, we want to support the technology and business development areas that can be related to ICT, which will result in a reinforced gender equality in the field.
Planned approach and implementation
Our three work packages (WP) forms a feedback loop where one WP informs another, and the WPs can run concurrently. WP1 DC - GH simulations: the simulations will be used in an iterative manner for optimizing the greenhouse concepts. Virtual models will be developed using BIM and Virtual reality. WP2 Social Synergies: This WP gather focus groups and interviews with existing farmers, new farmers, and other food-related community sectors. WP3 Stakeholders Cooperation: The objective of this package is to scope out the needs of institutional stakeholders including municipality.