Design, modelling and optimization of energy systems in an indoor plant production enclosure

In collaboration with two industrial partners, the goal is to propose new approaches to improve the sizing of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and to improve the energy management of an indoor plant production enclosure (IPPE or vertical farm), i.e. to ensure that indoor conditions are maintained to maximize yield while minimizing energy consumption and associated GHG emissions. These approaches will be based on the use of (1) EPVI energy models and (2) measured data, and (3) energy system design and optimization.  


Required knowledge

A student with a passion for controlled environment agriculture and the energy sector and a strong motivation for innovation is sought. A non-exhaustive list of identified expertise is available below:

  •  Agronomy,
  •  Heat transfer and thermodynamics,
  •  HVAC systems,
  •  Energy modelling.

The candidate will work on numerical development. Knowledge of classical simulation software (Python, Matlab) and/or system and/or building oriented software (TRNSYS, EnergyPlus, etc.) is required. Finally, they must be able to work as part of a team and have good written and oral communication skills.

The selection committee is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all applicants.

Desired program of studies

Doctorate, Postdoctoral studies

Research domains

Infrastructure and the Built Environment


Bursary available

Additional information

Starting : Fall 2022

Partner involved: Ferme d'Hiver Technologie and Navada

Other professor contact :  Didier Haillot ;