Energy

International effort launched to determine best CO2 capture & utilisation technologies

€1.3 million has been secured to develop a tool for identifying the most promising carbon dioxide capture and utilisation technologies. The significant financial support, announced at a launch event on 11 April, comes from the Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan and EIT Climate-KIC,…

CAN (ON): Researchers to study feasibility of solar-powered greenhouses

University of Windsor researchers have teamed up with local produce growers to improve greenhouse energy efficiency and decrease operating costs. The two-year project led by Dr. Rupp Carriveau, director of UWindsor’s Environmental Energy Institute and co-director of the Turbulence and Energy Lab, is…

Addressing food security and boosting development with geothermal heat

As a mainstream source of global power generation, the progress of renewable energy over the last decade has been rapid. In 2018, renewables accounted for around a quarter of global electricity and around 16 per cent of total final energy use. Its growth has outpaced all forms of traditional power…

UK: TRIAD dates and reductions to future rates

This year’s TRIAD dates, for the 2018/2019 winter season, have now been published by the UK's National Grid. The dates are: 22 November 2018 at 17:00 10 December 2018 at 17:00 23 January 2019 at 17:30 by Max Knowles We have experienced a milder winter this year, compared to 2017/2018 and the ‘beast from…

Finding the right balance in the 'Greenhouse Strawberry Future Proof' project

"Getting strawberries to the market early is a ‘fun challenge’ energy-wise"

An important development in the field of strawberry cultivation is the shift from uncovered to covered cultivation. This development has been going on for years, but it seems to be pushed more and more. It is expected that the number of greenhouse strawberries will double in ten years’ time. In the…

UK: New scheme launched to encourage heat networks

The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) was launched in October 2018, following a pilot scheme which ran from 2016 to 2017 and offered a total of £18.5m of funding to eight eligible projects. The aim of HNIP is to increase the number of heat networks being built. Heat networks are used extensively in…

Dermot Callaghan, Head of Teagasc Horticulture Development:

"Horticulture sector stakeholders are early adopters in green technologies"

An Energy 2019 event, targeted at horticultural growers, took place Wednesday 3 April at Teagasc Ashtown, Dublin. The well attended seminar, which attracted cross-sectoral support from the industry, was designed to inform, enlighten and encourage growers and stakeholders to improve energy efficiency on…

Rolls-Royce and ABB announce global microgrid cooperation

Rolls-Royce and ABB have announced a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation. Together the two companies will offer an energy-efficient microgrid solution for utilities, commercial and industrial entities. A microgrid is a small scale electric grid that combines power from…

"We'll ensure BC Hydro works for people again"

The provincial government of British Columbia is introducing legislative amendments to further implement recommendations from the first phase of the comprehensive BC Hydro…

US (RI): Gotham Greens expands to New England with 110,000 sq. ft. greenhouse

On the banks of Providence's Woonasquatucket River, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, and community leaders joined Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, to officially announce and preview construction…

Netherlands: Oil & gas sector looking to geothermal development

The quest for clean energy to fill the gap left by declining gas production could be tailor-made for oil firms. Geothermal use in the context of greenhouse and heating projects in the Netherlands has been all over the news here on our site for quite some time. A new article published by the Petroleum…

South Africa: Renewable energy could help farmers and support national grid

While the electricity increases for the next three years are expected to negatively affect the agricultural industry, farmers have the capacity to run renewable energy…

Canada: British Columbia invests in liquid natural gas

Legislation introduced by the government of British Columbia will pull together the final pieces needed to deliver liquid natural gas (LNG) investment that brings long-term benefits to the province and thousands of good-paying jobs for B.C. workers, while operating within strong environmental…

Report shows fossil-free options for six types of cultivation

NL: "CHP best option for now, but heat pump a good alternative when energy prices rise"

For almost all cultivations in all regions, fossil-free scenarios can be imagined. If the prices of energy carriers such as gas and electrics will rise in the coming years because of market developments or because of surcharges to the market price, money can be saved for companies by switching to…

UK: "Make sure you are ESOS compliant"

Any large organisation in the UK with 250+ employees or a turnover greater than £39m is required to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS). For anyone who qualifies, the time is now to make arrangements to meet the requirements of this statutory scheme. However, at NFU Energy they…

"BC Hydro could do more to improve cybersecurity on its power system"

The Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia has released a new report: Detection and Response to Cybersecurity Threats on BC Hydro’s Industrial Control Systems . The audit found that BC Hydro is effectively managing cybersecurity risk by detecting and responding to cybersecurity incidents on…

The streamlined energy & carbon reporting

"SECR is supposed to be less onerous than the CRC scheme"

Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) will replace the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme from April 2019. The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme…

Up to €10m available to fund on-farm renewables

Renewable energy grants available for Irish farms

The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., announced a series of new grants available for Irish farms under the TAMS on-farm investment scheme. The new measure will make €10m worth of grants available for energy efficiencies and renewable energy technologies, following a…

CAN (YT): Aquaponics facility to be powered by geothermal energy

Some entrepreneurs in Yukon say they've found a creative way to move their project forward — by using geothermal power. Founders of Yukon's North Star Agriculture have been pushing to build an aquaponics facility in Yukon, which would raise fish and vegetables indoors. CEO Sonny Gray says the company has…

Slovak invention to turn LEDs into 'Combined Light and Power' devices

"As the population is growing, demand for energy and food is growing too. It’s time to use natural synergies between agriculture and energy and create greater interoperability between both production sectors. It’s time to use greenhouses to effectively consume excess electricity caused by the…

A proposal for a lighting facts label for horticulture

In 2009, the Department of Energy (DOE) created the LED Lighting Facts program to help manufacturers, utilities, and consumers in the early days of LED lighting, when products entered the market with little or no verified information on product performance. The voluntary DOE LED Lighting Facts effort…

CAN (ON): Ag Energy Co-operative CEO, Rose Marie Gage, announces retirement

Ag Energy Co-operative announces that CEO, Rose Marie Gage, will be retiring on April 27, 2019. “The Board is grateful for the leadership that Rose has brought to Ag Energy and the agriculture and energy sectors during her nine-year tenure, and for the exceptional team she has developed and left us…

UK: Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Tangmere is sharing their very own apprenticeship story, with engineering apprentice, Will Crossman, who joined Tangmere last November to work in Maintenance Operations. Will’s apprenticeship at Tangmere combines on the job learning while studying for his…

Jon Trujillo to be next President of Geothermal Resources Council

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced the election of Jon Trujilloas President-Elect. He will become the 27th President of the global geothermal energy…

Power grid unable to keep up with demand

Structural power shortages in Dutch horticulture

While Dutch greenhouse horticulture wants to decrease the use of natural gas, the Dutch power grid is not prepared for this in some parts of the country. There isn't enough…

Boerenbond aims at more co-generation by growers

"Greenhouses and 500,000 Belgian families profit from co-generation"

In Flanders, greenhouse growers have been contributing to the environment for more than ten years by saving energy and producing heat as efficiently as possible, using…

Regional and fossil fuel-free vegetable cultivation

Geothermal energy is on the rise in vegetable production

The first German geothermally heated greenhouse is located in Kirchweidach; it belongs to the Steiner vegetable farm. All heating is supplied by the neighboring geothermal…

Robert Rosa, Antecy:

"CO2 extraction from outside air already technically possible"

"The extraction of CO2 from outside air for dosing in greenhouses is already technically possible. But further development and research is needed to make it also economically feasible." This was stated by Robert Rosa from Antecy during a pitch at the Fossil Free Plaza of Kas als Energiebron (Greenhouse…

Jean-Pierre Schenkeveld about 10 years of Aardwarmte Plaza:

"Before the energy transition became a hot topic, geothermal energy was already on the agenda"

Nowadays no one is really surprised by the news about the drilling of a well to extract geothermal energy, but geothermal energy actually does not have such a long history at all in the Netherlands. Only in 2007 was the first well connected to tomato grower A & G van den Bosch from Bleiswijk. The…

UK: Biomethane from waste to supply 9,600 households with energy

In winter 2018, the German biogas plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower started building a biomethane plant near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, UK. The client is Lanes Farm Energy, a gas-to-grid project developed by Aqua Consultants. Tel Sultan, director of Lanes Farm Energy said “After in-depth discussions…

Ruud den Engelsman, Luiten Greenhouses:

"Increasingly more diffuse cloths, also in soft fruit cultivation"

"Some soft fruit growers are leading the way and closely follow developments in the area of screening. Others are more wait-and-see," says Ruud den Engelsman of Luiten Greenhouses, who sees growers increasingly opting for diffuse cloths in addition to energy cloths. "But if eventually one grower has…

Dennis van Leeuwen, MAN Rollo, sees opportunities for CHPs up to 1 megawatt:

"Energy transition is the salvation for CHP in greenhouse horticulture"

The energy transition is in full swing. More and more electricity is generated from sustainable sources. A good development that is also accompanied by an increase in fluctuations on the grid and thus with more uncertainty about the supply of electricity. Just add the ever increasing electricity prices…

CAN (ON): Taking standardization of greenhouse cogeneration to the next level

When in 2013 Gruppo AB, together with a few former Jenbacher employees, created AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands (ABGPN), it was with a vision of taking cogeneration in the greenhouse sector to a whole new level. Over a period of more than 2 decades, Jenbacher in the Netherlands had continually updated…

"Previous government's BC Hydro contracts to cost ratepayers billions"

A newly released report details how the previous provincial government pressured BC Hydro into signing long-term contracts with independent power producers (IPPs) that will…

UK: FEC Energy rebrands to NFU Energy

FEC Energy has officially rebranded as NFU Energy, bringing together the NFU’s leading role in the farming industry with the company's engineering and energy expertise. Tim…

CAN (BC): 2019 carbon tax relief grants open for greenhouse growers

Applications for carbon tax relief grants for the 2019 production year for eligible commercial greenhouse operators are now open and will be accepted until March 29, 2019. Commercial producers of B.C. vegetables, ornamental flowers and plants, forest seedlings and nursery plants are eligible to apply for…

Norwegian growers hit by high energy costs

The energy bill generally represents one third of the total costs in greenhouse horticulture. Now that the electricity price in the south of Norway has doubled compared to the…

Controlled-environment growers power their operations with cogeneration systems

The highest density of cogeneration systems in greenhouses is in the Netherlands. Cogeneration systems in Dutch greenhouses represent almost 25 percent of the electricity produced in the country. “Cogeneration is a technology that converts natural gas into useful energy for greenhouses, which includes…


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