Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk (Netherlands) recently started harvesting cucumbers from the new Winterlight Greenhouse of Bom Group. High-Power cucumbers (Nunhems / Bayer) were planted on 19 September. Thanks to the beautiful weather, the crop grew rapidly in this light greenhouse so that the first cucumbers could already be harvested on October 11. These fruits were remarkably long, just the opposite of what is normally seen at the start of the harvest. Growers who visit the test every two weeks, noticed a strong plant with large leaves.

Although the greenhouse has more than 10% light transmission compared to a standard greenhouse, in this period, light is always still the limiting factor. After the holidays, a second test will be executed with a new crop based on the current knowledge.

The Winterlight Greenhouse is a greenhouse concept which constitutes in combination with a new type of screen system, new screen cloth and light-diffusing glass, more than 10% light gain. The newly designed greenhouse structure is fully equipped with powder coated steel parts with an increased reflection factor of 90% and is glazed with SmartGlass, a new type of diffuse with a large glass size. Even if the glass is wet or condensed, the light transmittance does not decrease. The integrated Iso ++ screen system is mounted in a W-shape for optimal light transmission at closed screen and features a new highly transparent screen fabric of Ludvig Svensson with an even better light transmission. The new greenhouse concept is also equipped with an Air Control in climate.

The Bom Group Winterlight Greenhouse was developed in collaboration with Wageningen UR, Ludvig Svensson, Bayer CropScience and Glascom Horticulture and the project has been made possible by Dutch greenhouse program Kas als Energiebron, the innovation and action program of LTO Glaskracht and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

For more information:
Bom Group
Mike Vermeij
+31 (0) 6 54683445