Energy

Study reveals environmental benefits of modified atmosphere packaging

Addressing the need for extensive reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, StePac, L.A. Ltd. analyzed supply chains it is closely involved with to assess how its advanced…

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US renewable energy farms outstrip 99% of coal plants economically – study

Coal in the US is now being economically outmatched by renewables to such an extent that it’s more expensive for 99% of the country’s coal-fired power plants to keep running than it is to build an entirely new solar or wind energy operation nearby, a new analysis has found. The plummeting cost of…

Crisis update: TTF gas price reached low point again

On Wednesday, the short-term TTF gas price again dropped to a, by crisis standards, low. 56.66 euros per megawatt-hour was the lowest price since December 2021. The electricity price has also been dropping in recent days. On Thursday, that decline continued. The gas price hovers below the 60-euro mark.…

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Switzerland: Gebr. Meier AG greenhouses recently equipped with innovative heat pump

"We are now heating our greenhouses fossil fuel free"

Gebr. Meier AG is one of the largest vegetable producers in the canton of Zurich, with approximately 10ha of greenhouse space. The new heat pump has been in operation since November 2022. "Since then, we have been heating the greenhouses without fossil fuels," Fritz Meier tells BauernZeitung. The heat…

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Swiss greenhouses to operate without fossil fuels by 2040

By 2040, Swiss greenhouses are to be heated without fossil fuels. At an event of the Swiss Agricultural Journalists Association (SAJ) in Buchs, VSGP director Matija Nuic pointed out the association's goals. By the end of 2030, greenhouses should run without fossil fuels for 80% and by the end of 2040 for…

New bio-based shading agent delivered in powder form

"Our newly developed shading agent is bio-based, making it a sustainable alternative to most products available nowadays. On top of that, we can transport more product since we distribute it in powder form. Also because of this, we are making strides in affordability and sustainability, without…

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Pakistan's LNG crisis sparks dangerous 'bag gas' trade

Locals of Karak district in northwest Pakistan are using hoses to siphon gas from main supply lines and filling plastic bags with natural gas to bring it to their homes for cooking. These risky and illegal means to obtain natural gas for their households' cooking needs show great desperation and failure…

Crisis update: "European price cap could cause sudden market changes"

Friday, January 20, the short-term TTF gas price closed at just under 67 euros per megawatt hour. During last week, the price rose due to more wintry weather. Electricity prices are also on the rise. In this new crisis update, we list the price and market developments again. TTF gas price for February…

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How habanero peppers respond to stress

Like people, plants have to cope with stress. The impact on humans is well cataloged, but less is known about how stressors — including high salinity and lack of nutrients — affect plants such as habaneros. Now, researchers report in ACS Agricultural Science & Technology that these conditions change the…

Yara CEO Svein Tore Holsether:

‘Green tech investors are looking at the US, not Europe’

According to CEO Svein Tore Holsether of Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara, in stark contrast to the United States, Europe is not providing sufficient incentives for…

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Passive sunning: Maximizing the efficiency of intelligent light and water

NOVAGRIC, in collaboration with Tecnalia, has developed an innovation project that solves the critical points of vertical agriculture, increasing the profitability of this type of installation. The project, supported and financed by the CDTI (Center for the Development of Industrial Technology) and the…

Tanzania’s tomato growers need solar-powered cold storages

The African Postharvest Losses Information System reports indicate that countries in Africa waste more than 30% of fresh fruits and vegetables through inefficient post-harvest…

Landgard intensifies cooperation with energy service provider EHA Landgard

Cost-effective procurement of green electricity and gas

Landgard is intensifying the already existing cooperation with Energie-Handels-Gesellschaft & Co. This is pointed out by the Hamburg-based energy service provider in a…

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Carsten Knodt from Vitarom Gemüse Ltd. on the future of greenhouse production

"At current electricity prices, I think economic winter production is impossible"

The abundant yields in spring, the disappointing fall production, and - last but not least - the energy crisis in the second half of the year: for Germany's greenhouse sector, 2022 was an eventful year overall. Carsten Knodt - vegetable producer in the Lower Rhine region and managing director (pictured right)…

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CAN: Prime Minister, no ‘one size fits all’ solution to curbing climate pollution from farms

Several times last year, Canadian Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau found herself stomping through fields talking to farmers dealing with unprecedented floods, drought, and hurricanes. The disasters were an "eye-opener" for many, hinting at a future where the climate crisis will make similar…

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US (AK): Farming food and energy on the same land

A project combining solar energy and food production is scheduled to launch next year. University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers will test the concept during Alaska's short but intense summer. Alaska's short but intense summers are terrific for growing vegetables and hay and are also great opportunities…

An electric boiler key to your successful and affordable energy mix?

Extreme fluctuations in electricity prices are expected in the coming years, with prices for usage changing throughout the day and over the course of the year. The energy imbalance is boosting the demand for electric boilers in greenhouse horticulture. Bosman van Zaal has also noticed a sharp increase in…

NL: Grid operators not shocked by growth in electricity demand for greenhouse horticulture

"We haven't been paying as much attention to electricity during this energy crisis," said Nico van Ruiten during the annual Meet&Greet Energy. It's all about gas these days, but we 'have to get rid of it,' while electricity becomes even more important. Reason enough for Greenport West-Holland to have…

Improving energy efficiency in horticulture by conducting data-driven audits

Soaring energy costs continue to put growers under pressure, and much of the agri-food supply chain is being heavily impacted by unprecedented increases. Growers who produce energy-intensive crops like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are among those to be hit the hardest. Energy has always been…

CombiVliet invests in sustainability for year-round tomato cultivation

Next year, major tomato grower CombiVliet will have the last of eight blocks of 12 hectares of a greenhouse built in Middenmeer. This was said by Financial Director Eric van Heijningen on Thursday afternoon during Greenport West-Holland's Meet&Greet Energie. His story revealed that it is not the only…

Greenhouse horticulture takes and gives to electricity grid

Making electricity more sustainable is still a tall order. At present, greenhouse horticulture is still more than 80% dependent on natural gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants. As such, the cluster still supplies a lot of power to the grid. This is going to change, predicts consultancy firm…

An interview with Eef Zwinkels of Royal Brinkman

Do dehumidifiers really save energy?

Energy is one of the biggest challenges for the greenhouse sector these days. Sadly, rising prices have driven many growers to cut back on their operations this winter while others seek ways to reduce their energy costs. Eef Zwinkels, technical account manager at Royal Brinkman, says one of the simplest…

NFU Scotland: ‘Farming must be viewed as critical in energy bill review’

NFU Scotland has called on food production to be viewed as a critical industry when the government announces its review of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, expected before…

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Burgenland tomatoes to arrive on the shelves somewhat later

Austria: "Due to high gas prices, we have to plant a little later to be able to save a bit"

Rising energy costs are putting pressure on the wallets of Burgenland vegetable farms as well. Those farms that heat their greenhouses are particularly worried. Some 15 farms in Burgenland are affected. The consequence: domestic vegetables will be arriving later on the shelves come spring. "Gas prices…

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Drilling ongoing for geothermal greenhouse project at Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

Drilling is currently ongoing for a geothermal project in the municipality of Yverdon-les-Bains in the district of Jura-Nord, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland.  The project by Malménergie Naturelle aims to extract water at 45 degrees Celsius from a depth of about 1100 meters to supply heat to the vegetable-producing…

10 stories about growers dealing with the energy crisis from 2022

Are you still a grower, or are you mainly an energy specialist? Somehow over the last years, and especially the last months, energy has become of vital importance for a company's bottom line. Here are 10 articles from 2022 on how growers deal with the energy situation and what solutions could possibly…

In 2021, growers with CHP emitted less CO2 than those units extra emissions

The annual greenhouse energy monitor shows that, in 2021, Dutch greenhouse horticulture CO2 emissions rose by 0.35 Mton to 6.5 Mton. That was after several years of flat…

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Israel: Agrovoltaics project researches potential of obtaining renewable energy

A project on a small piece of land in the desert of Israel could be a game-changer in the fight against world hunger. Surrounded by palm trees, arid land, and date farms, this research project has found a way to grow food in desert-like areas while producing electricity.   After years of development, the project —…

Review of member meeting Geothermal Netherlands

"In 2030, geothermal contribution to heat production will have quadrupled"

Over 90 members and guests attended the Members' Meeting 'Geothermal, worth the investment' on 24 November. In two panel discussions, experiences with, among other things, the financability and affordability of geothermal energy were shared with the audience. In between, participants in the room were…


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