Affordable Bioshelter Project

The Affordable Bioshelters Project has been a student directed project with the goal of developing solar greenhouse systems that pay for themselves in five years. The goal of the bioshelters team is to redefine the solar greenhouse, to make its success in energy savings something that is affordable for the farmer. The team has experimented with a variety of emerging technologies to achieve this goal including liquid foam insulation (LFI) and the Earth Charger (EC) heat storage system. The project was awarded an EPA-P3 phase II grant to continue efforts in making greenhouses more affordable. This project provided the foundation for greenhouse-related work currently underway at the NEXUS facility at the Watauga County Landfill site.

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