Netherlands: First steps taken in new greenhouse project HAS Hogeschool

The first parts of glass have been placed on the new greenhouse of Has Hogeschool Den Bosch, the Netherlands. The new greenhouse will have a size of 1500 square meters, will be categorized in 7 departments and will be equipped with the newest technologies. According to Peter Zwinkels, this greenhouse is state-of-the-art.

In July, the old greenhouse was demolished on this spot. August 14th, the first steps were taken in order to build the new greenhouse.

The new greenhouse is not impressive by his size, but more by the technique that has been used in the project. The greenhouse is categorized in 7 departments. These departments can be controlled separately. With this high tech greenhouse, the school is prepared for the horticulture of 2020.

The first parts of glass are placed by Martijn Bekkers, Peter Zwinkels from Technokas and educational coordinator Toine Hattink.

Technical basis
According to the planning, the greenhouse will be utilized by students next academic year. "In February, March the technical transfer will take place," says Hattink. Then, we will test the greenhouse for several months. This is important because the greenhouse and the installations will be furnished as learning environments. For example, the water technical installation is very important, explains Carel van Ruijven van Stolze. "All panels can be opened so that every pump can be identified. The same applies to the control technique. The technical basis should be visible".

Also the suppliers are present. Jeroen de Jonge, PDI Screens, Peter Zwinkels, Technokas, Carel van Ruijven van Stolze, HAS-educational coordinator Toine Hattink, Martijn Bekkers from HAS en project supervisor Frans Zwinkels.

The New Cultivation
The greenhouse will be categorized in five cultivation departments and two research departments. When designing, one took into account The New Cultivation, says Frans Zeinkels. "Cooling can be done with different cooling systems, like high pressure fogging systems. Also, sensors and cameras will be present for climate control."

All facilities are available in every installation and by a "plug and play". The installations are designed to change position and cultivation easily. Every department will be equipped with double screens, that are suitable for any kind of cultivation.

Learning and study object
In the coming months, Philips will draw up a light plan. Priva Connext will do the controlling. In addition, the students acquire several extras, like an app that will enable students to control the greenhouse. According to Bekkers, the connection with the students is important. "Students are able to monitor the research by logging in on the climate control system. The complete greenhouse is a learning and study object."

Project supervisor Frans Zwinkels, Martijn Bekkers from HAS, HAS-educational coordinator Toine Hattink, Jeroen de Jonge, PDI Screens, Carel van Ruijven from Stolze and Peter Zwinkels from Technokas.

Impression of the new greenhouse.

This building of the new greenhouse can be followed (in Dutch) via Facebook.

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