Special Energy

Solar farm to power UAE vegetable greenhouses

Themar Al Emarat has selected Cat dealer Al-Bahar to supply a 5.94 MW hybrid energy solution that provides power for its new agricultural facility located in the Al Kaheef area of the Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The solution from Al-Bahar and Caterpillar includes nearly 23,000 Cat PVT117…

CA (AL): Geothermal energy to provide new opportunity for Alberta’s energy services sector

Eavor Technologies Inc. has developed a “made in Alberta” geothermal energy solution. In a demonstration project near Rocky Mountain House, the Eavor-Lite project uses existing Alberta oil and gas drilling technology and expertise to facilitate a unique energy system known as “Eavor-Loop”. Building on…

US (FL): Off-grid aquaponics at Everglades University

AquaGrove has developed an innovative aquaponics system that allows users to grow their favorite fruits and vegetables (and fish) in one very small footprint, and in nearly any climate or season. With AquaGrove's latest project launched at Everglades University in Sarasota, Florida in April 2019,…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

"Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand"

Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, new analysis from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University has revealed. In an analysis of all suitable sites for onshore wind farms, the new study reveals that Europe has…

Residents get disappointing result at Council of State

Netherlands: Geothermal heat in Vierpolders goes on as planned

Growers in the Dutch town of Vierpolders have been using geothermal heat for a few years already and are now able to keep on using it. Critical residents of the surrounding…

Ghana: Higher yield of tomatoes in cost-efficient greenhouse

Growing tomatoes in a closed environment without paying too much. The College of Basic and Applied Science of the University of Ghana chose to invest in an Envirodome greenhouse for high yield and year-round production of tomatoes. Propagate the gospel of greenhouses In this video, Professor George Oduro…

Netherlands: 1,430 solar panels on the roof at greenhouse building Voorwinden Group

For the past couple of weeks, the people at Voorwinden Group and SolSolutions have been working hard on their part for a greener future. On the roof of the greenhouse builder's new building, 1430 solar panels have been placed. Preceding the installation, an extensive analysis was conducted to see which…

Tomato growers sound the alarm because of a large shortage of CO2

The tomato growers from Dutch growers organisation Prominent have sounded the alarm because of a large shortage of CO2. They need carbon dioxide to grow their plants properly.…

Unlighted bell pepper cultivation reduces percentage

Greenhouse vegetable growers with grow lighting lag behind ornamental cultivation peers

A third of all Dutch greenhouse growers use grow lighting. In addition, growers are open to invest. This is evident from the results of the annual round of calls by AgriDirect…

UK: Points to watch for the Renewable Heat Incentive

Many farm businesses run into difficulty when it comes to an RHI audit due to failure to notify system changes or omissions or inaccuracies in record keeping. One issue seen in recent months relates to planning permission for biomass boilers. It’s always been a requirement of the RHI to have proof of…

How to achieve good air movement in a glasshouse

Optimising production methods is one of the aims of many greenhouse growers. Determining what makes an optimal climate for crop quality and production, however, can be challenging, and it’s certainly worth bearing in mind that what feels comfortable to a person may be less than ideal for a crop.…

Saving big with renewable energy: solar powering your high tunnel

Implementing sustainable alternatives for daily practices has become a high priority for many farmers and growers. Luckily for those seeking to lessen their negative environmental impact, eco-friendly solutions are becoming more widely available across a variety of industries, including horticulture.…

"Year-round production of soft fruit only really becomes viable if heat is available"

With growing consumer demand for soft fruit throughout the year, many growers are capitalising on the opportunity to supply the increasing market. To do so, however, probably means a change in approach and an investment in some new – or perhaps old – infrastructure. For those with existing glasshouses,…

August: Special Energy

This month, we will pay more attention to Energy. This subject will also be highlighted in FloralDaily and our Dutch newsletters, Groentennieuws and Bloemen- en plantennieuws. Articles related to the use of energy in the greenhouse industry will be published in a Special box, named Special Energy. Energy Energy is one of the…


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