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Economic Feasibility of Utilizing Waste~ Water Heat in Commercial Greenhouses in North Dakota

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Title: Economic Feasibility of Utilizing Waste~ Water Heat in Commercial Greenhouses in North Dakota
Author: Vreugdenhil, Harvey; Mittleider, John F.
Description: A large percentage of the fresh vegetables and floral products purchased in North Dakota are imported into the state. Dramatic increases in energy and transportation costs in recent years have resulted in large price increases for fresh vegetables and floral products at the retail level. These changes created a need to access alternative strategies in the production of horticultural commodities for North Dakota consumption. Free energy from waste does not come without cost as there are incremental costs associated with delivery systems and the usage of waste heat. If vegetables were the sole commodity produced by greenhouses powered by waste water energy if was deemed unprofitable.Potted planted, flowers and bedding plants would need to be added into plant rotation for it to remain feasible. The estimated return of investment for a two acre greenhouse are relatively low as compared with other alternate, potential investments.
Date: 1984
Subject: Economics
Greenhouses
Energy resources
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/5552

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