Job offersmore »
- Area Manager Russia
- Machine Operator Buitendienst
- Grower (cucumbers) - Australia
- Business Development Manager - The Netherlands
- Greenhouse Construction Workers - U.S.
- (Senior) Werkvoorbereider/Engineer Kas Plus - Netherlands
- International Account Manager - Netherlands
- Business Advisor - China
- Account Manager for Technical Horticultural Greenhouse Products - Canada
- Floriculture Sales and Marketing Professional
Top 5 - yesterday
- No news has been published yesterday.
Top 5 - last week
Top 5 - last month
Exchange ratesmore »
How essential are thermal screens for an energy efficient greenhouse?It is now well proven that retractable thermal screens can save energy without having a detrimental effect on plant growth or quality; and you might even argue that a screen is now also an essential tool for both energy saving and greenhouse environment optimisation.
Several projects have shown the huge advantages of having a screen. So why are some growers still overlooking the technology?
Obviously, if you are growing a low energy crop, or if your greenhouse does not lend itself to having a screen installed, the payback on an installation may make it uneconomic. However, paybacks on most installations are between 18 months and three years.
For example, if you are growing a crop throughout the winter months at greenhouse temperatures of 18 degrees C or more, you can expect to get savings of at least 90 kilowatt-hour per square meter (kWh/m2).
Obviously installation costs depend on the complexity of the site, but they are typically in the range of £50,000 to £90,000/Ha. This means that even with an old greenhouse with a difficult installation procedure the payback should still be no more than three years.
With this level of payback, installing a thermal screen is still more attractive than facing the difficult task of managing the installation and operation of a greenhouse with a temporary polythene screen.
Source: GrowSave / Holland Scherming
Publication date: 4/21/2017
Other news in this sector: