NZ: Phasing out fossil fuels for industrial heating

NZ Plant Producers has partnered with HortNZ, Tomatoes NZ, and Vegetables NZ to submit the Ministry for the Environment's (MfE) proposals on the use of fossil fuels in industrial heating, focusing on greenhouse heating. MfE has proposed a new National Policy Statement (NPS) and standards that would phase…

High-performance insulation system to cut greenhouse energy use

Having a greenhouse made of glass has many benefits in terms as it allows plants to grow in the sunlight while protecting them against cold and allowing for a beneficial indoor climate. However, one of the downsides of using glass is that it doesn’t offer much insulation. Imagine how much benefit could…

Fulcrum powers 22 hectare renewably heated vegetable growing greenhouse

"These greenhouses increase volume of UK-grown vegetables in a sustainable way"

Fulcrum, an independent net-zero focused multi-utility infrastructure and services provider, is supporting the decarbonization of the agriculture sector with a new significant…

Solar panel lettuce donated to food pantry

The food pantry in Oss, the Netherlands recently received a donation of special lettuce. The lettuce comes from a project by Patrick Bekkers who grows vegetables under solar…

New greenhouse floor coating to increase PAR reflectance

Laticrete, a manufacturer of construction solutions for the building industry, has launched the Spartacote® High-Yield System with Lux Additive, a resinous coating system developed specifically to increase photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) reflectance of floor and walls by up to 56%. This is aimed to…

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Ontario's minister stands up for combined heat power

Efficiency is important. We talk about it a lot. When it comes to the principles of governing a province, it’s good to be efficient. When it comes to matters of protecting the environment, efficiency is an important tool in our box. Being efficient comes with a host of benefits, like smaller price tags,…

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South Africa: New weir commissioned in Western Cape

The Western Cape provincial government has commissioned a weir that diverts water flows from the Holsloot River to 150 agricultural farms. The facility was built by the Cape…

British Tomatoes

Why LED grow lights offer the ideal solution for indoor tomato growing

British Tomato Fortnight is the ideal showcase for the world’s most popular fruit, and a reminder of its increasing appeal in the CEA sector. Tomato production has increased to 182 million tons in the past few years to match growing demand, making it one of the most important crops in the world. Demand…

Sunterra Farms selects Dutch LED for fresh fruit expansion

Signify announced an agreement with Sunterra Farms to provide Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact for the company’s tomato and strawberry production greenhouses currently being constructed in Alberta, Canada. Sunterra’s new greenhouses will include cutting-edge lighting systems designed to produce…

NL: Potential heatsource tested for geothermal building project

Geocombinatie Leeuwarden (GCL) is a consortium of Shell Geothermie, Ennatuurlijk, Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN), and Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma and will soon start drilling a…

Dutchberries growing with full LED in new greenhouse

"You make such an investment for the long term and then it just has to be right"

Signify has provided a new greenhouse of over 4 hectares for lit cultivation using 100% LED at Dutchberries in Zuilichem (NL), in cooperation with HortiLED Partner Stolze, Maasdijk. It is the first strawberry grower with a full LED installation with the Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact,…

Agrivoltaics could offer new way to produce food and energy

Harvesting solar energy alongside food would make American agriculture more sustainable and profitable, research from Oregon State University suggests. Dubbed agrivoltaics or agri-PV, this approach features raised semi-transparent panels that optimize agrarian space by producing zero-carbon energy. They…

"Maximum light output combined with maximum savings"

Realizing a higher light intensity or saving on grow light energy costs: these are what you as a grower aim to achieve with a new grow light system. The new Hortiled Top Intense and Sirius grow light systems are the answer. While the Intense system guarantees maximum light output and flexibility, the…

France: Photovoltaic solar power plant to protect asparagus from the cold

In Mallemort (Bouches-du-Rhône department), Laurent Chabert grows asparagus in a photovoltaic greenhouse of 3 hectares. The crops are therefore protected from the cold, as the greenhouse serves to limit temperature gaps within the structure. “The outside temperatures dropped to -5°C but stayed above 0°C…

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Looking for LED grow lights made in the United States?

Walking through Current’s LED light manufacturing facility in Hendersonville. N.C., you’d be surprised to learn that the plant has been in operation since 1955. Inside this pristine facility, you’ll see robotics and digital equipment that you would expect to find in any state-of-the-art manufacturing…

"Risks in geothermal much small than that of flooding"

Horticulture denounces bureaucracy in development of geothermal heat

"The Germans are actually thanking the Netherlands for the expertise they have gained and are going ahead with drilling in the same rock layer as Californië ." These are harsh words from Jean Aerts of Glastuinbouw Nederland. He is referring to a geothermal heat project that is being developed just across…

"Greenhouses and microgrids should grow together"

As consumer preferences continue to shift toward purchasing locally sourced and organic produce, demand is growing for commercial greenhouses, or controlled environment…

Landgard supports geothermal project in Straelen on the Lower Rhine

"Heating from deep geothermal energy in NRW"

As a producer cooperative with 3,000 member companies, Landgard is very interested in innovative developments in horticulture. Truly, it has been pursuing these for years,…

EU Green Deal - USDA update April 2021

The USDA has released its quarterly report -covering January through March 2021-  and providing details on the status of the EU Green Deal objectives and strategies including the…

More natural PAR light through insight into light capacity

Always the optimal amount of PAR light in the greenhouse and an even distribution of the light over the crop; that is the PARperfect screen solution from Svensson in a nutshell. However, to capitalize on these advantages as a grower, you must know precisely how much light your crop can receive. Because…

“We want to deliver the right variety to the right market”

“Our responsibility is to deliver the right variety to the right market,” says Ziya Yildiz, the recently appointed global manager of BioGrow Seed. “We collect seeds from the breeding companies and independent breeders and distribute these globally, according to growers requirements. This way we want to…

Renewable heat incentive: are you RHI compliant?

The RHI scheme has now closed to new applicants, however it is easy to sit back and relax thinking the job is done. If you’re an NFU Energy account managed customer then that is likely the case, but for those undertaking the day-to-day management of the RHI have a considerable amount to do to stay…

“We are striving to start the British season earlier, without using gas fuelled greenhouses”

As one of the biggest soft fruit producers in the United Kingdom, the team at Hall Hunter is always looking for new ways of growing and innovations that grow their market and sustain their business. Heating their tunnels with a river source heat pump matches these goals perfectly. “This heat exchange has…

Ontario’s industrial conservation initiative re-starts May 1st

Ontario electricity consumers participating in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) will need to take action again soon to keep their percentages and resulting costs…

UK fruit grower warms greenhouse with heat pump

Ebtech Energy Systems has installed and commissioned the UK’s largest river source heat pump at Hall Hunter Partnership, one of the UK’s soft fruit growers. The heated growing facility has been developed to provide continuity of supply to their major customer, M&S. The 8.8MW heat pump system, which…

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Hedging against climate uncertainty with controlled food growth

Last year, social distancing restrictions and border closures created harvest and supply chain issues for growers. While we all expected this year to be better, 2021 has begun with continued Covid-19 restrictions. At the same time, wildly unpredictable global weather has wreaked havoc on food production…

"The LED light really makes a difference" after growing tomatoes under LED

A more uniform crop, more options for controlling the climate and crop, and substantial energy savings: the advantages of LED lighting seem almost endless. But how does this work in practice and what do you need to bear in mind as a grower? Dirk Willaert, the owner of Hortis Group, talks about his…

Energy modelling for horticulture: How to use it to deliver staggering savings

Identifying solutions that can achieve significant energy savings is an increasingly popular way for food producers to drive down growing costs. "At CambridgeHOK, we have devised an ‘energy modelling’ consultation specifically for the horticulture sector, which looks at cropping profiles alongside energy…

"We are very proud about the growth we realized in a short time."

In a short period of time, Dutch Lighting Innovations has gained a lot of ground within the international grow light industry. Arjan Pauw of DLI: “We often hear from customers that in this market they do not always receive the service and attention they are looking for. And that is exactly what we would…

LED company agrees to expand installation at Allegro Acres

"Now we can adjust our greenhouse lighting in real-time"

After the successful harvest of the first greenhouse crop of winter-produced peppers using LED lighting technology in Canada, Sollum Technologies is pleased to announce an agreement for the expansion of its smart lighting solution in Allegro Acres’ facilities. In addition to the initial four acres of…

Dutch farm gets floating solar farm

Recently 1,030 solar panels were installed at Kwekerij De Noordhoek in the Netherlands. These each has a 415 Wp capacity. What's more, they were placed on a MULTI-F total cover on the farm's water reservoir. This floating solar farm has a total capacity of 427 KWp. Albers Alligator and Centrica Business…

The effect of near-infrared radiation on plants

Look at any textbook on botany and you will find this maxim: plants respond to optical radiation in the spectral range of 280 nm to 800 nm. Period, end of discussion. The question is, how was this spectral range (sometimes referred to as Photobiologically Active Radiation, or PBAR) determined? This…

A review on LED lighting technology and use of wavelength band and irradiance modulation

Over the last decade, development of broad-spectrum light emitting diodes has improved markedly (Olvera-Gonzalez, et. al., 2013). Their application in plant photobiology has…

Nuclear technology for agriculture and food

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have created a joint center in order to improve…

Norway's nursery grows more tomatoes and peppers year-round by using LED lighting

Norwegian consumers are currently eating fruits and vegetables that have traveled thousands of kilometers from Southern Europe before they reach the shelves in Norwegian stores, which results in more imported food and a greater carbon footprint from its transport, compared to locally-grown crops. Now,…

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Reducing greenhouse costs drives innovation and also complication

The seemingly never-ending drive to control energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions is driving innovation but can also drive complication. "A site could have almost any combination of a gas boiler, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), LED lighting, biomass boiler, heat pump and then even some solar panels on the…

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New transmission line will bring much needed electricity to Southwestern Ontario

As more greenhouses open in Southwestern Ontario in the years ahead, more electricity will be needed. Assessments are ongoing and municipalities, greenhouses, Indigenous…

Aardwarmte Vogelaer turns a need into a necessity

Horticulturalists have a heat demand that geothermal energy can provide for in a sustainable way. At the same time, a geothermal energy project has an electricity demand. In order to implement this in a sustainable way, Aardwarmte Vogelaer in Poeldijk is investing in cogeneration. And an associated CHP…


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