Water Barrels vs. Phase Change Material

  Innovation plays an important role in every industry. Bulky, inefficient methods are catalysts for new-age technology. Since traditional greenhouses lack insulation, thermal masses can provide extra heat. Thermal mass materials absorb heat during the day and release the heat back into the greenhouse at night. Water barrels are widely used to maintain temperatures in…

Is My Plant Getting Enough Light?

The following is an excerpt from The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse, with additional content provided by expert greenhouse grower Paul Alaback. Year-round greenhouse growers, and all gardeners, often wonder whether plants are getting sufficient light. As we’ll explain further below, whether your garden gets enough light is somewhat subjective -- it depends on your expectations. Fortunately,…

5 Tools for Planning an Energy Efficient Commercial Greenhouse

With demand for local food continuing at a strong pace, a year-round greenhouse is often a good business venture. You can greatly improve your chances for a successful greenhouse business with proper planning. Planning for a greenhouse business requires basic business planning -- thorough research and usually spreadsheets. Here are five essential tools to aid that process, based…

Setting Controls in a GAHT System or Climate Battery

A climate battery is a ground to air heat exchanger, which provides year-round heating and cooling of solar greenhouses and other structures using the thermal mass of the soil underground. Ceres’ patent-pending Ground to Air Heat Transfer (GAHT™) is a high-performance climate battery specialized for year-round greenhouse growers. For more on how a GAHT™ system…

Free Resources on Commercial Aquaponic Greenhouses

Interested in starting an aquaponics business? Though you will probably want to take an in-depth aquaponics course if you do not have experience (and are not hiring a professional grower), there are also a multitude of free and low-cost introductory resources. This is not a stand-in for further education and is by no means a complete…

Can a Commercial Aquaponics Greenhouse Be Profitable?

This is a common question that circulates in forums, and for good reason. Aquaponics is a more environmentally sustainable method of growing than conventional agriculture, but if it’s not financially sustainable as well, it is not a viable venture for most growers. Before we evaluate data on this question, two caveats. First, growers’ expected financial…

Community Greenhouse Grows Food for Vets

Based in Wheatridge, Colorado, The Redistribution Center serves veterans in need by providing them with vital items like clothing, furniture, school supplies. In 2016, they added a Ceres energy-efficient greenhouse to their fold, allowing them to grow fresh local food for veterans year-round. The commercial greenhouse kit grows a portion of veterans' meals. Moreover, it serves…

A Guide to Planning a Commercial Aquaponics Greenhouse

Imagine running a business that uses innovative sustainable growing methods, creates zero waste, and gives back to the community by supplying fresh, local food. Commercial aquaponics presents an opportunity to do all three, while also being financially profitable with high-value, year-round produce.  While an enticing opportunity, planning a commercial aquaponics greenhouse requires a detailed business…

Siting an Energy-Efficient Commercial Greenhouse

From Alaska to Saudi Arabia, Ceres has helped growers create sustainable, energy-efficient commercial greenhouses in a wide range of climates. While you can’t choose your climate, many commercial greenhouse growers have options when it comes to siting their greenhouse. Several factors go into a good greenhouse site: light levels, zoning, wind, and access to water…

5 Tips for Building a Solar-Powered Greenhouse

Integrating solar panels with a greenhouse can make it off-grid, but takes careful consideration of your goals and the best strategy for doing so. “I want a greenhouse with solar panels”, is one of the top requests we get from clients trying to be more energy-efficient. So what are these people really looking for? The…