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US Secretary of Agriculture opens all-electric Dutch Demo Greenhouse 2030

The Dutch horticultural sector aims to be climate-neutral in 2040. Thus, Wageningen researchers have built a low-emission demo-greenhouse for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit and flowers in an effort to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions as well as the use of crop protection agents and artificial…

Greenhouse horticulture can not (yet) do without co-generation

The general tendency is that everyone must abandon gas, also the horticulture sector. More sustainable, and preferably without the production of CO2 and nitrogen-oxides.…

The impact of GrowSave

GrowSave, a collaboration between AHDB and NFU Energy, has been around for thirteen years. We look back at the impact we’ve had on the horticulture industry over the last five. by Jon Swain Born originally out of a desire to help horticultural businesses save energy and reduce their environmental impact, GrowSave has become a…

Specialist joins CambridgeHOK to help food processors and producers become ‘truly energy efficient’

Energy specialist Charlotte Penn says she is excited at the prospect of helping businesses reap the ‘significant rewards’ of investing in energy efficient solutions, having joined the CambridgeHOK team. Mrs Penn has been appointed as energy Business Development Manager and joins after two-and-a-half years…

Solar panels could take greenhouses off the grid

A solar panel on a greenhouse roof may seem illogical at first, but a trial at Freeman Herbs is proving that with some clever manipulation greenhouses can produce electricity from sunlight without affecting the plants growing underneath. The Lincoln greenhouse known for its potted herbs that consumers…

Rolls-Royce takes majority holding in power storage specialist Qinous

Rolls-Royce will hold a 73.1% majority stake in Berlin-based electricity storage specialist Qinous GmbH from 15 January 2020. The Group is acquiring the shareholdings of all other current financial investors, including that of investment holdings company IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (Berlin). The…

US (NH): Biomass-powered greenhouse project could be producing greens by the end of the year

Last October, Burgess BioPower began demolishing a former warehouse on its 125-acre property to make way for a 190,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse that would be heated by the warm wastewater from its 75-megawatt biomass power plant. The facility would employ up to 30 people, Burgess BioPower has…

Two new members join the GRC Board of Directors

Geothermal Resources Council announces new Board of Directors

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the general membership to 2-year terms. To provide continuity, an election is held every…

CAN (QC): Launch of Québec’s first agricultural cooperative to be dedicated to producing renewable energy

The creation of Coop Agri-Énergie Warwick marks a major step toward increasing the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) in Québec. This agricultural cooperative will be the first to turn manure, as well as organic residue from area businesses, into RNG. Developed and run by Coop Carbone, the project…

Generating electricity from “waste” light can lower greenhouse production costs

Electricity is a major expense for Canadian greenhouse growers. At the same time, their large facilities offer potential to produce renewable solar energy – but the challenge to date has been how to do that without impacting the growth and productivity of the crop inside. A potential solution from…

Netherlands: Kees Stijger shares geothermal heat with Tomatoworld

Good neighbors who share. With that in mind, Tomatorworld is, for its heat supply, established an arterial connection to its neighbor, tomato grower Kees Stijger, at the beginning of December, the company announced on LinkedIn. Kees Stijger is one of the 49 companies in the Westland who purchases geothermal…

UK: Is your RHI system compliant?

If your Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) accredited system is several years old, has been modified since installation or, if you are uncertain whether it would pass an Ofgem audit, then NFU Energy's RHI HealthCheck service could be of interest to you. NFU Energy's RHI HealthCheck replicates the one carried…

4 Tips for dealing with greenhouse heating issues

Year-round commercial greenhouse operations require reliable structures and heating systems that will ensure optimal growing conditions through the winter season. To accommodate the amount of energy that’s required to operate a greenhouse in the cold season, it’s important that your heating system is…

Netherlands: Smart trading geothermal energy starts at Trias Westland

Recently the first smart network at Trias Westland went live, making it possible to trade geothermal energy between participating customers. By combining advanced web…

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Calculator to help German growers with new CO2-tax

From 2021 German glasshouse growers will be charged with a CO2-tax on fossil energy fuels. Renewable energy sources will be free of charge. The tax will be in the first year 10 € per t CO2 and goes up to 35 € per t in 2025. "This means for 1 ha Cucumbers with an energy requirement of 2,673 MWh the…

Organic and fully self-sustaining greenhouse growing tomatoes in Iceland

Fridheimar Farm (situated in Reykholt, Iceland) produces one gallon of organic tomatoes per day through completely organic and self-sustaining horticulture. The farm is owned and run by Knutur Rafn Armann, his wife Helena Hermundardottir and their five children, it uses only renewable energy resources.…

Renewable solar energy system could generate and store energy for Ontario greenhouses

Researchers at the University of Windsor are looking to the sun to help solve a challenge for Ontario greenhouse growers – how to expand the sector sustainably while reducing its environmental footprint. Prof. Rupp Carriveau is heading a project that is looking at the feasibility of a novel solar…

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CAN (ON): "Serving fast-growing greenhouse market with new Chatham-Kent pipeline"

Enbridge Gas announced that the Chatham-Kent Rural Pipeline Expansion Project is in service. The $19.1M project ensures delivery of natural gas, meeting the growing agricultural, commercial, and industrial market demand in Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas, including in the fast-growing greenhouse…

Hydro-Québec does not need to construct new hydropower facilities to serve long-term export contracts

Hydro-Québec was disappointed to learn of Riverkeeper’s recent statement withdrawing its support from the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) transmission project. We have exchanged considerable amounts of information with Riverkeeper and would like to reiterate some of those facts for the benefit of…

UK: Another loss for electricity generators

The recently announced outcome from Ofgem's Targeted Charging Review (TCR) will mean a reduction of around £2.50/MWh of electricity exported to the grid by embedded generators with effect from April 2021. What is an embedded generator?An embedded generator (EG) is a generator of electricity that connects…

Whisky cull barrels provide renewable energy source for Canadian grower

Nature Fresh Farms has recently teamed up with Hiram Walker & Sons Limited – the whisky producer is now providing the greenhouse operation with a renewable fuel source in the form of whisky cull barrels. Beginning in 2018, whisky producer Hiram Walker & Sons reached out to Nature Fresh Farms seeking help…

17 million euros secured for new photovoltaic projects in Poland

The SUNfarming group from Germany has secured two new bridging lines with different debt funds. The funds are intended to expand the existing portfolio in Poland in the short term to a total output of approx. 60 mwp. The two individual transactions are an extension of an existing line and an interim…

Netherlands: Powerhouse takes over gas portfolio of Gas Natural Europe

As of January the 1st, 2020, Powerhouse, a large energy-tech company in the Netherlands, will take over the Dutch gas portfolio from Gas Natural Europe. With the agreement,…

Paul van Schie about the first turn key geothermal heat project in the Netherlands

"Scaling up co-generation for a flexible heat supply could be the next step

With the geothermal heat project Nature's Heat, thirteen greenhouse horticulture companies in Kwintheul will be provided with sustainable heat. The project, completely turnkey (which is remarkable) could be a blue print for other geothermal products. Besides the technical success, the initiative has turned…

1,720 solar panels for Dutch pepper growers

960 solar panels were already installed on the roof of the Westlandpeppers packaging hall, but there was still space left. Recently, another 380 solar panels were added and, to top it all off, another 380 units will be added next year. The 960 solar panels in 2018 generated approximately 218,000 KWh of…

China: Large-scale centralized solar heating project put into operation in Lingdong District

A central heating project using solar energy of the agricultural park has been completed and put into operation in the tropical fruit greenhouse base in Lingdong District. The total investment for the project amounts to 7.567 million RMB with 28,000 m2 heating area.   The project adopts the latest high-temperature and…

"Electricity generation owners must act now"

Owners of equipment capable of exporting electricity to the grid in the United Kingdom are required to ensure that their grid protection equipment is compliant with current regulations. In the past, that’s meant the G59 standard which has recently been superseded by G99. The Accelerated Loss of Mains…

Estimating the environmental impact of greenhouse vegetable production

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of vegetable production in a greenhouse can be now estimated with Hortinergy. Hortinergy models the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in g CO2/m² or g CO2/kg product. This will allow growers to estimate greenhouse gas emissions by taking account different parameters: Embodied energy…

"Greenhouses balance out disturbances in the power system"

Oksasen Puutarha specialises in cultivating lettuces. The company, which is based in the north of Turku, has been providing the frequency containment reserve for disturbances (FCR-D) and demand response for two years now. The provision of FCR-D causes the lights to go out in the greenhouse a few times a…

Maersk to pilot a battery system to improve power production

A containerized 600 kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial on board the Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions.“This trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage that will support Maersk in moving…

UK: "The nights are drawing in – time to be energy efficient"

Last weekend the UK moved out of BST meaning that it’s starting to get dark earlier. This isn’t the only effect of the hour change however, any equipment that you have that is controlled by a timeclock may well now be out of sync with your expected pattern of use. Now is the time to check that these…

Power generator with battery allows growers to go off-grid

Rolls-Royce offers with its MTU microgrids the company's first eco-friendly and on-site power generation solution suitable for agricultural applications. These autonomous power grids combine renewable energy sources with battery storage and gas and diesel generators using a microgrid control system…

Netherlands: "Continuation of good market position for gas engine CHP"

The CHP gas engine did maintain its good market position in The Netherlands in the first half of 2019. This can partly be explained by the growing import and export with neighboring countries, resulting in a greater exchange of electricity. This provides more CHP operating hours and higher prices in…

CAN (QC): Electricity demand high, but ongoing surplus in Québec

Although the electricity demand will increase in Québec, Hydro-Québec will continue to have a major surplus of available electricity. That's what they say in their recently…

UK: Government urged to ban burning on peatlands

Twenty-six environmental charities, NGOs and associations are calling on the UK government to end the scandal of burning on peatland, which is vital in the fight against climate change. This week during Westminster parliament’s first ever debate on nature-based solutions to climate change, MPs called on…


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