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Why do some fruits and vegetables conduct electricity?

Many of us know the science experiment involving the ever-popular pickle or potato battery. Now of course there are many types of electrical conductors. These include traditional electrical conductors, such as the copper and silver wires that are used to run electrical currents in homes and buildings, and.....

NL: Tomato grower cuts free from fossil fuels

Circularity is gaining attention in horticulture. Ted Duijvestijn, a Dutch tomato grower in Westland, would like to maximise waste utilisation and increase resource efficiency. He shares his innovative take on this: “We are moving towards a circular economy in which sustainability and social innovation play.....

Netherlands: Work starts on another geothermal doublet

Huisman was recently awarded a contract for the delivery of a geothermal doublet in Pijnacker, the Netherlands. Drilling started at the end of April and the installation will heat a large area of greenhouses, a residential area and a local pool. The wells will be drilled directionally to a planned depth of.....

Powerhouse and Energy Pool bundle forces for supplying emergency power

Powerhouse is in development and manifests itself more and more as the energy-tech company in the energy market. With regard to this development Powerhouse and Energy Pool have entered a strategical cooperation for supplying emergency power. This further expands the business of Energy Pool, the European.....

UK: Seawater Greenhouse receives Shell Springboard award

Shell has awarded two British low-carbon entrepreneurs a total of £180,000 in equity-free funding to help scale-up their game-changing businesses. Seawater Greenhouse was crowned Shell Springboard national winner by Sinead Lynch, Chair of Shell UK, winning a total of £150,000. MiAlgae beat five other.....

Low Temperature Geothermal Heat opportunity for horticulture

Geothermal heat is now widely known in the horticultural sector, but according to Dutch company Visser & Smit Hanab (VSH) there is still a third, almost inexhaustible source of sustainable energy: sustainable heat. According to VSH, this form of energy still receives far too little attention. The earth.....

Puzzling with heat in Dutch horticulture

Tuesday April 17, the Warmtesamenwerking Oostland (WSO) festively started. The WSO in an initiative of the municipalities Lansingerland, Pijnacker-Nootdorp and LTO Glaskracht Nederland to speed up and facilitate the sustainability process of the greenhouse horticulture. The goal of the corporation is to.....

BIGH “Ferme Abattoir” in Anderlecht

Europe’s largest city farm built on rooftop in Brussels

The "Ferme Abattoir", the first city farm built by Building Integrated GreenHouses (BIGH), has opened on the roof of Foodmet, the new food hall of the Abattoir site in Anderlecht, Brussels. With around 2000 m2 of greenhouses for horticulture and aquaponics, and 2000 m2 open-field vegetable cultivation, they.....

‘Greenhouse of the Future’ with special solar glass coming to Netherlands

A ‘Greenhouse of the Future’ will soon be built on the Floriade site in Venlo. The greenhouse, made possible with various subsidies, will be energy and CO2 neutral and can even generate energy. To achieve this, the latest technological innovations in the field of Het Nieuwe Telen (Next Generation Cultivation).....

NL: Trias Westland geothermal drilling reached final depth

On April 27th, the Trias Westland geothermal drillings arrived at the final depth of 2500 meters! The production test will tell how much water and heat the system will be able to produce. Based on the outcome, the number of horitculture companies which can be provided with sustainable heat will be.....

Greenhouse horticulture makes first steps to high caloric gas

The first requests to convert burners to an installation that runs on high caloric gas have been received by Vitotherm. The Ministry of Economical Affairs and Climate has written to a number of larger Dutch growing companies. The sudden and firm letter from the Ministry has surprised all those involved. The.....

"Coatings can reduce energy consumption"

A crop that can grow without excessive stress will provide the highest yield and therefore the lowest energy consumption and the lowest CO2 emissions per kilo of product. The insights into optimum growth have changed significantly in recent years, mainly as a result of Next Generation Growing. Initially it.....

"Geothermal energy will boost Kenya’s food security"

GDC will utilize geothermal energy to boost food security in Kenya, the Managing Director & CEO Eng. Johnson P. Ole Nchoe has reaffirmed.The CEO has noted that GDC will strongly support the use of geothermal energy in food production and processing. He said this in Iceland at the ongoing 4th Icelandic.....

US (ND): Great River Energy greenhouse research looking promising

Great River Energy is studying whether it could profitably power a greenhouse on the grounds of its Coal Creek Station coal-fired power plant.Potential plant would use excess heat from the plant that produces electricity and also supplies waste steam to a nearby ethanol plant, The Bismarck Tribune.....