Researchers see a use for Mexico's abandoned greenhouses

Researchers at the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) have come up with an innovative proposal for the huge number of abandoned greenhouses across the country: modify them for use as solar dryers for fruit, vegetables, flowers and medicinal plants.

An estimated 75% of greenhouses in Mexico are abandoned, meaning that there is plenty of scope to trial the idea.

As to why so many greenhouses are available, the horticultural website Hortalizas suggested that unsuitability for the climate, a lack of information, training and experience about how to use them and commercial mismanagement as reasons why greenhouses in Mexico fail and are consequently abandoned.

But instead of leaving them derelict, scientists from the UNAM Renewable Energy Institute (IER) say that they can be equipped with a solar energy system they have developed, which has the capacity to regulate temperatures inside the greenhouses.

Read more at Mexico News Daily

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