How does it work?


Hortinergy is an online software providing an efficient way to optimize the climate and the energy performances of greenhouses. It allows you to know and optimize energy consumption and expenditures of your agricultural greenhouse projects.

Hortinergy gives you the opportunity to:

  • Compare the different technical solutions available for your project
  • Find the optimal configuration according to your needs
  • Sustainably reduce your energy costs


In order to help you in your futur choices, we put at your disposal a form that you will have to fill-in with all the information relating to your greenhouse. Once the form is filled in, you receive a detailed report of the calculated results within 20 minutes according to the data you typed in.

Thereby you obtain:

  • A full detailed PDF report,
  • An Excel file with hourly-based data for a full representative year,
  • An Excel file with daily-based average data for each month.
Greenhouse specification form

Once you have done several scenarios on a greenhouse project, you can compare these scenarios through our comparison interface. You may compare for example the energy costs between different optimisation or the return on investment.

The form, easy to fill in, is divided into 7 parts represented by tabs:

The form

Greenhouse specification form
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In the first tab, you will have to enter the geographical coordinates of your greenhouse: it will be your “project”. Each variation you make on this project will be a “scenario”. These scenarios can be duplicated identically so you just have to change the parameters you are looking for.

All the data are easy to enter in the form, and we give you indications of usual values ​​for each data you have to fill in.

Remember that if you have any issue with the form, we will be glad to help you out.

Keep in touch with us either by e-mail or phone!

Location of your greenhouse

Enter the geographical coordinates of your greenhouse in order to locate it. You can check if these coordinates are correct simply by clicking on the button “check my coordinates”. This will open a map with a mark on where your greenhouse is located. Regarding meteorological informations, we are getting back the precise data we need.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy latitude

Characteristics of your greenhouse

Choose your type of greenhouse through our drop-down list, and enter its orientation and dimensions.

Different parameters allow you to note the characteristics of your greenhouse, such as the number of chapels and their length.

Cover and screen specifications

Fonctionnement Hortinergy shape

You can quickly choose your roof type with our large library. More than twenty roof cover are registered. It goes from single plastic layer to more complicated cover such as 4mm diffuse glass 2 AR coatings or ETFE technology.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Roof cover simulation

Further on, if you have one (or more), you can choose your screen type from our list, and set its characteristics. Up to three horizontal screens can be added to the settings of your greenhouse.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Climate screen types

Your crop production

Quickly fill in your agricultural production from those listed. You can choose between: tomato, cannabis, cucumber, cut flower, strawberry, salad, pot plant, seedlings and pepper. Others will be added soon!

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Type of crop chocies

Set temperature

You can enter the same parameters as those of a climate computer, for example day and night set temperatures for different periods of the year.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Day and night simulation

Semi-closed and cooling system

Hortinergy calculates controlled ventilation, dehumidification and cooling needs for semi-closed greenhouse.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Humidification and cooling systeme simulation

Heating management

To simulate the energy consumption cost of your greenhouse, you can enter the type of energy you are using to heat up your greenhouse, and the currency of your country.

Main energy simulation


Dowload typical report

The report is sent to you about 20 minutes after you submitted your form. It is available in PDF format, easy to download.

You can see below examples of tables and charts in the report.

Energy consumption

In the report you will find the energy costs and consumption of your greenhouse, detailed in your currency, but also the heating consumption of your greenhouse month by month.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Annual cost
Fonctionnement Hortinergy Monthly energy consumption


Check the solar radiation graph on your greenhouse to see the evolution of solar radiation and photosynthetic radiation reaching the canopy.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Solar radiation simulation

Indoor climate simulation

Detailed charts of the indoor climate on typical days for different months of the year give you the opportunity to compare solar radiation, indoor temperature or canopy evapotranspiration.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Climate simulation

Hourly heating demand

We also offer the possibility to see in kW the heating demand of your greenhouse for an average day each month.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Hourly heating demand simulation

Comparison interface

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Scenario comparison

Thanks to the comparison interface, you can compare different scenarios you have created from a greenhouse project.

Fonctionnement Hortinergy Graph type choices

You can choose between 12 months or 24 hours charts with different comparison possibilities.

For instance, you will have these columns with the 12 months graph:


  • Demand (MWh) based on your greenhouse and crop specification
  • Total consumption including the efficiency of your heating system (MWh)
  • Main heating device consumption (MWh)
  • Auxiliary heating device consumption (MWh)


  • Total expenditure (depending on your currency)
  • Main heating expenditure (depending on your currency)
  • Auxiliary heating expenditure (depending on your currency)


  • Dehumidification (MWh)
  • Dehumidification if heating (MWh)

Solar radiation:

  • External (kWh/m² day)
  • Internal (kWh/m² day)
  • PAR (mol/m² day)


  • Electricity (MWh)
  • Water (m3)
Fonctionnement Hortinergy Heating simulation

Data comparison

For instance, here is the graph of the heating power for an average day in January, according to the number of screens.

You can also choose to compare different columns on the same graph.

Roof cover simulation

Economic analysis

You can also proceed to an economic analysis in relation to your greenhouse project.

This interface is very useful to compare different scenarios for the same project. For instance:

  • with/without thermal screen
  • 4/6 mm glasses
Roof cover simulation

If you still have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.