Hydrogen and renewable energy sources integrated system for greenhouse heating

  • Ileana Blanco | ileana.blanco@uniba.it
  • Alexandros Sotirios Anifantis
  • Simone Pascuzzi
  • Giacomo Scarascia Mugnozza


A research is under development at the Department of Agro- Environmental Sciences of the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” in order to investigate the suitable solutions of a power system based on solar energy (photovoltaic) and hydrogen, integrated with a geothermal heat pump for powering a self sustained heated greenhouse. The electrical energy for heat pump operation is provided by a purpose-built array of solar photovoltaic modules, which supplies also a water electrolyser system controlled by embedded pc; the generated dry hydrogen gas is conserved in suitable pressured storage tank. The hydrogen is used to produce electricity in a fuel cell in order to meet the above mentioned heat pump power demand when the photovoltaic system is inactive during winter night-time or the solar radiation level is insufficient to meet the electrical demand. The present work reports some theoretical and observed data about the electrolyzer operation. Indeed the electrolyzer has required particular attention because during the experimental tests it did not show a stable operation and it was registered a performance not properly consistent with the predicted performance by means of the theoretical study.


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greenhouse heating, energy savings, electrolyser, hydrogen, fuel cell, ground source heat pump.
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Blanco, I., Anifantis, A. S., Pascuzzi, S., & Scarascia Mugnozza, G. (2013). Hydrogen and renewable energy sources integrated system for greenhouse heating. Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 44(2s). https://doi.org/10.4081/jae.2013.287

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