The lab is focusing on the development of novel systems in Greenhouses exploiting Renewable Energy Sources. The interdisciplinary research is spanding from fundamental activities to real scale applications.

The use of RES aims at energy saving and zero consumption of fossil fuels and includes systems that use
•    Solar Energy (passive solar collectors, hybrid solar energy saving systems, photovoltaics, nano-photovoltaics, green cooling)
•    Geothermal Energy (shallow geothermal systems, geothermal heat pumps)
•    Biomass energy (biogas from livestock waste or plant residues)

Protected cultivation deals with innovative crop systems that optimize production by rational use of water and fertilizers and enrichment of the air with CO2, such as:
•    Hydroponic crops on substrates
•    Hydroponic crops in floating system - floating hydroponics
•    Hydroponic crops on gutters

Furthermore, this research field includes environmental impact studies in particular the environmental footprint of using RES in crops under cover. Indicators that are specified are:
•    Environmental Footprint (EF)
•    Carbon Footprint (CF)
•    Cumulative Energy Demand (CED)
•    Water Footprint (WF)
•    Water Use Efficiency (WUE)


"Brite" greenhouse (glass cover)

                       "Brite" solar panels (original)                                                                              Basic structure of DSSC and operating principal

                      Hybrid solar/hydroponic system for storing solar energy                                                                      HSESS - Energy balance


                               Inputs share (%) in Carbon Footprint                                                                 Inputs share (%) in Cumulative Energy Demand


          Carbon Footprint (per m2 and kg)



Cumulative Energy Demand (per m2 and kg)


Water Use Efficiency (per m2 and kg)

                                                                     Experiments in 2018







Contact Person

Dr. Georgios K. Ntinas
Researcher in Renewable Energy Sources in Protected Cultivation

PO Box 60458, Zip code 57001, Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel. +302310471544 (internal 113) 
Fax +302310473024