Energy Efficient Research Greenhouse – University of Leipzig

In the new iDiv research greenhouse at the University of Leipzig, useful plants from all over the world can be cultivated in twelve large, independently climate-controlled areas. The aim of the researchers and the “sächsischen Immobilienbverwaltung (SIB)” within this project is to demonstrate the energy reduction potential (up to 50%) of such greenhouses. The essence of the new concept is the optimal balancing and coordination between free cooling, solar thermal cooling and district heating.

EA Systems Dresden supports the building planners in the design and parameterisation of the energy supply concept. An important aid is the detailed dynamic energy simulation with the Green Building Library. Considering and modelling the plants and the planned control regime, model-based proof of compliance with the planning objectives could be provided.

System layout for cooling generation
EnOB-scheme for measuring the heating energy supply

Our Services

  • Identification of the emission saving potential of a modern system  concept when compared to the reference solution (validation of planning procedures with the aid of new simulation methods)
  • Consulting in the development of a monitoring concept as part of the design documentation
  • Development of optimization variants of the system concept and design


  • Validation of the designed system concept in regards to the energy/cost reduction targets
  • Detailed optimization of the system concept considering solar thermal heat und free cooling utilization
  • EnOB compliant monitoring concept