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…

"Solar PV without the coffin"

Conventionally to protect the working parts of a solar panel it was encased in an aluminum coffin with a glass top… the coffin was responsible for a lot of the embedded energy that goes into making a solar PV panel as well as the ultimate capital cost. The coffin also creates all the bulk on rooftops which greatly adds to…

Léon Lankester, AAB:

"Geothermal energy will become commonplace sooner than we think"

Although geothermal energy, biomass power plants and other alternative energy sources have received a lot of attention since the recently concluded Climate Agreement , it has been the focus of attention within the horticultural sector for much longer. "Actually, for years growers have kept innovating for…

USDA invests in energy efficiency improvements to help growers lower energy costs

Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Bette Brand today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants for projects in all states and…

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…

Australia: All 56 wind turbines installed at Nectar Farms energy supplier

The Bulgana Green Power Hub continues to take shape, with all 56 wind turbines now constructed and in place. The power hub, located in Landsborough, 11 kilometres north-east of Stawell, will be an integrated wind farm and battery storage facility for owner-operator Neoen's largest single-stage project in…

US (CO): Plans for geothermal greenhouse

Plans have materialized for a project east of Gunnison which would utilize the geothermal resource at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch for its heat- and power-generating potential.…

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…

France: Greenhouses fitted with photovoltaic films

Using the sun to its foremost, that's what three French horticultural partners are trying to do. That's why they've installed ASCA photovoltaic films at a commercial greenhouse nearby France. Partners in the project are horticultural Eiffage Energie Systèmes, the French growers with Les Maraichers…

Generate energy above the crop with a solar concentrator in your greenhouse

Using sunlight to generate energy without filling the greenhouse with solar panels. With this idea, Lucas de Groot recently won first prize in the Cleantech Challenge. “In the energy agreement, the Dutch government also requires glasshouse horticulture to reduce energy demand. This can be achieved by…

CLG still counts on positive decision ministry.

Dutch geothermal installation has to stop

Recently, the Dutch State Supervision of Mines (SodM) reacted negatively on the request of Californië Lipzig Geothermie BV (CLG) to continue operations after the project had…

John Ammerlaan, Plantenkwekerij Leo Ammerlaan, about biomass plant:

"If there is a will, it can go fast"

Last year the TBM-Irisweg biomass plant in Bleiswijk was put into operation. The installation - with a capacity of 14.8 MW - is connected to the RoCa pipeline. John Ammerlaan from Plantenkwekerij Leo Ammerlaan/Plantise is a co-owner and user of TBM-Irisweg. "The great thing is that we only purchase heat…

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Australia: Register for a webinar on using biomass fuel to heat horticulture hothouses

On July 25th this year there will be a webinar on using biomass fuel to heat horticulture hothouses hosted by Sohum Gandhi from Enriva. Installation of biomass-fuelled heating equipment for horticulture hothouses is one of the fastest-growing applications in the Australian and New Zealand bioenergy…

Food waste and tomato vines to supply New Zealand glasshouse with energy

The country’s first large-scale, waste-to-energy plant was announced by Minister Shane Jones at T&G’s covered crops facility at Reporoa this week. The proposed purpose-built facility will take food waste from the region (and from T&G’s tomato vines), turn it into renewable biogas energy, which…

UK: How to get 50% more for your electricity

If you generate electricity and sell your surplus to the grid you might have spotted that the gap between the price you receive for your exported energy and the price you pay to buy from the grid seems to be growing. It’s true, and the difference is set to increase as green taxes levied on the…

CAN (QC): Data center to provide heat to 7 hectares of greenhouses

UnitedCorp's operating division, the Canadian Agriculture Thermal Energy Corporation / Corporation d'Énergie Thermique Agricole du Canada (CETAC), has entered into an exclusive conditional purchase agreement in Beauharnois, Québec for the development of a new Heat Station Campus. The 90-acre site is…

UK: Get more for your straw

As the harvest approaches, many farmers will be looking at market prices and thinking about how much straw to keep or stockpile for their own use and how much to sell on. The good news for anyone considering selling straw or indeed any other harvest residue for the biomass market is that there’s an easy way to prove…

Producer "growing green" in Mexico

SiCar Farms announced that it has implemented what it describes as "enhancement strategies" that advance environmental conservation. These technologies result in a positive impact on humanity and promote renewable energy usage, as well as sustainable agricultural practices that support crop preservation,…

EU-funded research into more efficient cogeneration engine running on renewables

A new EU research project will design a novel small-scale cogeneration engine using biomass to produce heat and electricity, which could mainstream renewables in the heating…

"Ontario's power system is ready for upcoming summer months"

Ontario’s power system is prepared to meet the province’s expected demand for electricity over the coming summer months, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) latest Reliability Outlook . “Our system remains reliable as we head into the summer, with adequate resources to…

Ditta Bagioni Alfiero introduces lithium batteries suitable for all types of machinery

Bagioni asparagus harvesters now feature lithium batteries. The news had already been announced months ago regarding new machines, but the company has recently introduced batteries that adapt to all existing machinery. An example of lithium battery "When it comes to new machines, we have already launched…

Rolls-Royce and Yuchai Machinery broaden their collaboration

The Rolls-Royce Power Systems division and its Chinese partner Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company intend to further intensify their collaboration in the construction and sale of engines. A corresponding agreement was signed by representatives of both companies during the visit to Friedrichshafen by a…

OFVGA:

"Capacity for electricity is stretched to its limits in the Leamington-Kingsville area"

Bill George Jr. and Brian Gilroy have written a letter on behalf of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) to comment on the province’s industrial electricity pricing consultation. "The OFVGA is supportive of the goal to achieve a dynamic energy sector that balances business energy…

CAN (ON): New transmission line expected to meet growing electricity needs in Windsor-Essex

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has requested Hydro One to develop and construct a transmission line to meet the increasing electricity needs in the Windsor-Essex region. “The IESO is committed to ensuring Ontario businesses and communities have the electricity they need to grow and…

USDA helps farmers, businesses and ag producers cut energy costs

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding 58 grants for projects in 17 states…

“You really need to be a daring grower in order to take on such an adventure together”

Dutch growers open up unique biomass station for heat and CO2

On the 6th of June around 3 pm, over 300 people were walking and pointing through a well-heated and very noisy installation room containing a maze of tubes and pipes. Over 120 people came to see the new biomass station of the three growers from Sirjansland during its official opening. Which could be…

UK: Octopus launches two ‘vertical farming’ tariffs

Octopus Energy for Business has launched two new tariffs designed to grow the vertical farming industry. The company claims the Vertical Power tariffs “pave the way” for agritech businesses and control-environment farms to bring down energy costs and reduce their environmental impact. The two new tariffs…

"Solar proving fruitful on farmland"

Feeding a growing population and meeting renewable energy demands has brought farmers and solar developers into partnerships centered on land designated for agricultural uses. The wide-open acres of American farmland accounts for just under 40% of the landmass in the United States, making them sought…

Lerdy Duijvestijn (Prokeur) about NTA8220/SCIOS Scope 10:

"Smoldering connections in the control cabinet show that electrical safety inspections are really needed"

He has visited many growers in recent years, and that will certainly not become less in the coming years. On January 1, 2022, almost all (greenhouse horticulture) companies in the Netherlands will have to comply with the new fire safety standard NTA8220/SCIOS Scope 10. The inspection has been in force…

Report Eggplant Tour Rijk Zwaan, May 22, 2019

"Controlling Tracey with pre-night temperature works well"

This season, the Tracey RZ eggplant variety can be found on more than 55 hectares in the Netherlands. The Tracey growers meet every 4-5 weeks to share their experiences about…

Denmark: Research project studies feasibility of CO2 capture at biomass-fired CHP plants

In Denmark, 30 percent of all energy consumed comes from renewable sources, and the country intends to increase this percentage to 50 percent by 2030 with the long-term goal of becoming a low-emission country, independent of fossil fuels by 2050. Denmark is far ahead in the process of changing its heat…


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