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Top 5 -yesterday
- New bankruptcy of greenhouse horticulture company still surrounded by question marks
- Rijk Zwaan launches ToBRFV-resistant tomato varieties
- "The fact that you cannot turn on production of food in an instant has come as news to some"
- Additional blue light does not affect taste and crop quality when growing basil
- NASA funds scale-up of fluorescent greenhouse roofing technology
Top 5 -last week
- “Significantly better results with new Iron fertilizers”
- What is the status of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Europe?
- Race to emission-free greenhouse cultivation pushes growers to keep innovating
- BASF’s vegetable seeds and IUNU partner to advance digital phenotyping for hydroponic lettuce
- Infarm to make strategy shift, cuts 500 jobs
Top 5 -last month
- UK growers stop planting and put nurseries on sale amidst energy crisis and labor shortage
- "You can't grow on water without lights"
- "High-tech farmer AppHarvest is running out of money"
- German family company switches from tomato cultivation to hydroponic lettuce
- Mobile aeroponic system requires less maintenance and guarantees even irrigation
UK: Generating better returns for your energy
The horticulture sector is increasingly contributing to the greening of the electricity grid by installing conventional gas CHP, biomass CHP, solar PV and wind turbines. Growers who produce electrical power can opt to use the electricity produced themselves for crop lighting, pack house equipment or cooling when convenient, and export spare power to the grid to receive welcome additional income.
It wasn’t that long ago that electricity generation and trading was in the hands of only the very biggest organisations. However, with the introduction of small ‘embedded’ generation, it’s now available to many more horticulture businesses. To make it worthwhile, these businesses need to look at the selling process closely.
The trading of exported electricity is a less established process than buying, and the systems for ensuring good prices are not as well developed. The most common trading systems for the smaller end of the market are very simple indeed. However, these often undervalue the exported electricity, as they fail to recognise either the high value of the energy produced at times of peak domestic demand or the benefits to the power distributor of more geographically evenly spread generation. Owners of small generation systems must, therefore, be careful not to be fobbed off with a fixed price generation or power purchase contract, which pays a derisory rate for electricity produced. Instead, growers would be better off to take informed decisions about the best time to export their spare power.
The good news is that help is at hand. GrowSave can signpost growers to a number of products which enable them to get the best prices and in some cases access to the same variable pricing systems as the big generators. Variable pricing systems can be used regardless of source power but do require the systems to be over 100kW in size. For smaller systems, generators will still be reliant on annual power purchase agreements or the guaranteed export price.
If you would like more information, contact the GrowSave team here.
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Other news in this sector:
- 2022-12-05 Israel: Agrovoltaics project researches potential of obtaining renewable energy
- 2022-12-01 "In 2030, geothermal contribution to heat production will have quadrupled"
- 2022-11-30 US: Tomatoes and solar panels could go well together
- 2022-11-25 Sustainable energy use in horticulture - heating with biomass
- 2022-11-25 "If we continue like this, everyone will get their turn eventually"
- 2022-11-23 NL: Crisis update: Normal temperatures, abnormal gas prices
- 2022-11-21 "Most growers confuse energy saving with transparency"
- 2022-11-17 Full control of the amount of light in the greenhouse
- 2022-11-14 VB signs contract for installation geothermal heat project Maasdijk
- 2022-11-11 35% savings on electricity costs through LED grow light system
- 2022-11-08 Threat to greenhouse crops due to EU energy crisis
- 2022-11-08 Sealed greenhouses: worth the investment?
- 2022-11-07 Crisis update: TTF short-term gas price remains higher than seems logical
- 2022-11-04 UK: Energy bill relief scheme guidance for CHP
- 2022-11-04 NL: High gas price or additional The Hague policy? Which reduces greenhouse horticulture emissions the most?
- 2022-11-04 How to choose an energy-efficient HVAC system
- 2022-11-03 US (MA): Adams' Full Well Farm celebrates 'climate battery' greenhouse
- 2022-10-31 High energy prices are another test for the resilience of EU food producers
- 2022-10-24 "Need for deployment of batteries at large solar generators increasingly urgent"
- 2022-10-19 “In some situations, using artificial lights can be just too expensive”