InfoGrow 2.0 is a model-based multi-source decision support system for energy and production management, which can help greenhouse nurseries continue to increase the energy efficiency achieved over the past years. So far, energy savings are the result of investments in energy saving measures, production of less heat consuming cultivars and, to some extent, the use of energy saving climate control regimes and simple or model-based decision support systems. Building upon the latter, the next step is optimizing model-based decision support through new compilation of models and introduction of data from new data sources (e.g. production planning and weather data). This system integrates existing tools for online monitoring of resource use and plant growth (InfoGrow) with a greenhouse simulator (Virtual Greenhouse), which simulates the effects of physical changes in the greenhouse and changes in climate control. In this paper, we present the overall concept of the integrated simulation and decision support system, showing the workflow of the different components in the system and presenting a design example of the user interface.
An integrated simulation and decision support system for greenhouse climate control (itGrows 2.0) based on an open source greenhouse modelling platform (HortSim V0.0 )
Kjaer, K.H., O. Körner, N. Holst, J.M. Huet, J.S. Pedersen and J.M. Aaslyng 2020. An integrated simulation and decision support system for greenhouse climate control (itGrows 2.0) based on an open source greenhouse modelling platform (HortSim V0.0 ). Acta Horticulturae 1271: 47-53.