wine from under solar glass

Growing greenhouse grapes with negative carbon footprint

Greece winemaker Tsantalis developed an experimental greenhouse for viticulture cultivation, using Solar Glass of the company Brite. This fully automated greenhouse has a cultivation area of 1,200 m² and operates all year round due to its heating and cooling systems. The cultivated crop is a grape variety native to Greece, called Αsyrtiko, and used for making white wine.

After a cultivation cycle, Brite conducted a detailed study aimed to determine the carbon footprint per kilogram of grapes produced in the greenhouse. The study considers all factors contributing to the CO2 emissions footprint:

i. Greenhouse infrastructure
ii. Heating / cooling energy requirements
iii. Electricity needs & Brite’s solar glass PV system electricity production
iv. Crop Cultivation Operations
v. Fertilizers & Plant Protection Products
vi. Irrigation

The study outcome for this cultivation yields a carbon footprint of -15,78 kg CO2e / kg of produced grapes which is an extraordinary result and perhaps a global first for a negative carbon footprint for crop cultivation.

This result is highly attributed to the solar glass used in the greenhouse and the clean energy it produces. It points to a great potential and hope for reversing climate change by eliminating or even reversing the carbon footprint in agriculture by using solar glass in greenhouses and Agri-PV systems. 


The greenhouse developed by Brite was partially funded by EU’s H2020 SME Instrument Phase II program, Project PanepowerSW 804554 titled: “Transparent Solar Panel Technology for Energy Autonomous Greenhouses and Glass Buildings” under the direction of Program Adviser Dr. Marco Cecchetto.

For more information:
Brite solar technologies
57001 Thessaloniki Greece
Contact: Dr. Nick Kanopoulos 

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