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Energy-generating glass saves water, boosts yields

By now, you've probably heard of those curious pink greenhouses with energy-generating glass. A scientific breakthrough for sure, but what's the practical applicability of it? And how does it work exactly? We spoke to Michael Loik, of the Loik Laboratory in the Environmental Studies Department at the.....

Russia: URALCHEM gets 4.3 million USD for environmental projects

In 2017, URALCHEM continued financing activities related to environmental protection, energy savings and resource conservation. Priority targets in these areas are the minimisation of the negative impact on the environment, as well as the rational use of natural and energy resources. In total, 270 million.....

Netherlands: Houweling builds 46,000 m2 sunroof

Houweling from Bleiswijk is building the largest sunroof - of 46,000 m2 - of South Holland. This was made possible by the province with its subsidy scheme 'Asbestos Off, Sun On!'.“This is exactly what we intended with this scheme, Houweling uses the solar energy partly for its own purposes and the rest is.....

UAE minister visits Certhon Innovation Centre

Last Monday, the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Food Security, Her Excellency Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, paid a visit to Certhon and the Certhon Innovation Centre. The Minister and her delegation discussed the sustainable techniques that Dutch horticulture can offer as a.....

CAN (ON): What's next after Cap and Trade has been scrapped?

The Provincial Government of Ontario recently released a press release outlining their current position on Cap and Trade. As of July 10th, the Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Government House Leader, Todd Smith, announced that the people of Ontario can expect urgent action towards repealing.....

Light4Food inovates with smart indoor growing system

"A good growing recipe for every crop"

It all starts ten years ago with a shipping container in which LED lights were installed in layers. Leafy vegetables can be harvested year-round in these layers as is the idea. Led technology isn’t as efficient as we might want but entrepreneurs Peter Christiaens, René van Haeff and Michel la Crois see its.....

China: Scientists develop power-generating windows

Environmentally friendly building trends have boosted the popularity of window coatings that keep heating and cooling costs down by blocking out unneeded parts of sunlight. They have also inspired scientists and engineers to create thin, see-through solar cells to turn windows into miniature electricity.....

Presentation FLOTAR: floating solar panels

Solar energy from water basin

Accompanied by a thudding bass, the images of the Flooding of 1953 were blasted into the hall on June 22. Not much later the world wide climate problem is addressed in an intense manner, and images of the well-known plastic soup are shown. The Dutch start-up Profloating want to contribute to solving both.....

"Billions of dollars in limbo as Doug Ford nixes cap and trade"

The cancellation of Ontario’s cap-and-trade system will leave billions of dollars in carbon credits in limbo and consumers on the hook for pricey home upgrades that were expected to be part of a rebate program.Incoming premier Doug Ford has vowed to immediately dismantle cap and trade, but has offered few.....

Annual Report Juva Energy Support on 2017:

NL: More feed-in as well as more lighting

On Wednesday, June 20, Juva Energy Support presented its annual figures during the annual shareholders' meeting. A net profit of 14.6 million euros was achieved in 2017. Furthermore, the annual report revealed a large amount of electricity from CHPs still being fed into the high-voltage grid, while.....

Growing the right microgreen mix in geothermal greenhouses

The production of greenhouse-grown microgreens in Oregon is progressing smoothly, as you might expect from greenhouse production. But the one at Fresh Green Organic Garden is a little different because the company uses geothermal energy to power its greenhouses, helping to reduce emissions and energy costs......

Combined solar and power (CHP) in horticulture reservoirs

After CHP, now it’s time for CSP

After the rise of CHP, it is now time for CSP, according to Vincent van Daalen, an entrepreneur from Westland. His start-up from the town of Maasdijk will soon introduce the FLOTAR. “Our innovation will turn a reservoir into a renewable energy source and will most of all reduce algae pressure and water.....

Tunisia increasing export of geothermally grown tomatoes

The North-African country of Tunisia likely does not come to mind if one thinks of geothermal energy and utilisation of geothermal resources. With its low enthalpy resources, the use of geothermal energy in Tunisia is limited to direct-applications located primarily in the southern part of the.....

Video: How geothermal energy revolutionised Iceland’s greenhouses

Renewable energy provides almost all electricity in Iceland. But what is it about Iceland's unique geology that allows it to produce such cheap renewable energy? Find out in this video from BBC Earth Lab: