To protect the environment and protect the environment, market gardeners need to rethink their greenhouse production methods. This project aims to optimise their energy efficiency and will propose a series of adequate solutions based on renewable energies.

Sheltered crops are intensive, highly technical and subject to strong international competition. In addition, energy efficiency and the CO2 balance - linked in particular to the use of fossil fuels - are today at the heart of producers' concerns.

In this context, innovative alternative solutions that optimise the carbon footprint of crops while improving their productivity and thus their profitability are therefore essential. The aim of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of various innovative and environmentally friendly energy solutions that can be implemented in the area of greenhouse/shelter production in Switzerland.

The aim is to link costs - especially investments - to benefits, to develop a series of solutions adapted to different crops and conditions, and to develop model project concepts with a high potential for deployment. In concrete terms, the researchers are working in parallel on a raspberry crop with photovoltaic panels and on a carbon-neutral tomato crop.