Energy

European call for an increased use of geothermal energy

In an open letter, European geothermy organizations have called upon the EU to make more use of geothermal energy. The letter reads: "Geothermal energy is the energy stored in the form of heat below the surface of solid earth. The deeper one penetrates the interior of the Earth, the warmer it becomes. It is inexhaustible…

Iceland: Geothermal energy boosts year-round availability of fresh food

For half the year, the temperature on Pall Olafsson's remote farm in Iceland often dips below freezing and the sun barely makes an appearance. Yet the heat and light in his greenhouses allow Olafsson to grow his juicy tomatoes and cucumbers even in the depths of winter - thanks largely to the geothermal energy that…

CAN (BC): Langley greenhouses face steep heating bills after pipeline explosion

Some Langley greenhouse owners are getting hammered by sharp increases in natural gas prices caused by the pipeline explosion near Prince George. “It’s brutal,” said Lawrence Jansen, CEO of Darvonda Nurseries. In early October, Darvonda was paying about $3.50 per gigajoule of natural gas. But after the Oct. 9 pipeline blast, the supply to…

Germany: Minister of Agriculture visits biogas specialist

Plant manufacturer Weltec Biopower is very satisfied with the results of its participation in the EnergyDecentral/EuroTier 2018 in Hanover, Germany. The German biogas specialist made good use of the specialised trade show to present its concepts for new plants around the globe, the Kumac processing…

Lithium batteries now featuring charge indicator

The innovation of lithium batteries employed in the agricultural field raises increasing interest, so much so that Bagioni decided to improve them further by adding the charge indicator on the battery.  Only a couple of months after the patent was applied for, various companies have shown their interest, especially when it comes to asparagus…

Digital solutions for better support to powergen customers

At the end of October 2018, Rolls-Royce Power Systems opened a new Customer Care Center in Augsburg, Germany, focusing exclusively on customers of natural-gas-powered generator sets. This makes it one of the company’s five new customer service centers that have been in operation since the beginning of…

CAN (ON): New energy system leads to more productive strawberry plants

Leamington, Ontario, Canada could be called one of the greenhouse capitals of North America. After Martin Energy Group set up a generator energy and heat system for a DelFresco plant there, they did a story on how everything has worked out for the grower. "Strawberry plants grown with their new lighting system produced crops up to…

Government of Canada to support energy efficiency and climate action in Ontario

Canadians are feeling the impacts and costs of climate change first hand. In Ontario extreme weather is being felt in the heatwaves and floods this summer. The federal government has a plan to fight climate change and grow a clean economy and the plan is working. Canada's emissions are down and nearly…

Innio completes carve-out from General Electric

Jenbacher gas engine supplier continues as stand-alone company

Advent International has completed the acquisition of GE’s Distributed Power business and is now a stand-alone energy company rebranded as Innio. The transaction includes the Jenbacher and Waukesha product lines, the digital platform and related services offerings, with main operating sites in Austria,…

North America: New national and regional natural gas indices

S&P Global Platts and Intercontinental Exchange jointly announced the launch of a new suite of North American natural gas indices to better capture dramatically altered supply and demand flows, regional price differentials and increased spot market volatility in the US and Canada. The physical natural gas market…

UK: Energy saving programme extended to soft fruit sector

The UK soft fruit industry can now benefit from established energy and cost saving advice following the extension of the GrowSave programme. FEC Energy and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have agreed to broaden the programme to UK soft fruit grown under protection. GrowSave has been operated by FEC…

Zantingh is building an international service network

"Tailor-made gas burners require tailor-made knowledge"

The greenhouse horticulture sector is developing rapidly. Technical installations are becoming more complex, requiring installation to be tailored to local conditions and provided with the right quality mark. And that's just the beginning. "In this customisation process, both technology and backup must…

Australia: Gas gives hope for tomato glasshouse

A carbon dioxide capture project at Loy Yang A could lead to the construction of a glasshouse to grow tomatoes in the Latrobe Valley employing about 100 people. Carbon dioxide, known as CO2, would be captured through a plant at the station and used to heat the glasshouse which could boost the yield of tomato growth by…

CAN (BC): Bioenergy request for proposal posted

BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) is looking to make informed decisions about how bioenergy can contribute to realizing the 2030, 2040, and 2050 climate targets for reducing…

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association:

"Federal carbon tax to provide some relief for greenhouse operators"

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) welcomes the October 23 announcement by the Canadian government whereby it is providing targeted relief from the federal carbon tax on fuels for heating greenhouses. This targeted relief is a positive step by the federal government to recognize…

CAN (BC): Greenhouse operators concerned about rising costs in wake of pipeline explosion

Jos Moerman, co-owner of Sunnyside Produce, said gas service to their Surrey and Delta greenhouses was interrupted after the pipeline explosion, so they were temporarily…

Sjaak van der Tak, LTO Glaskracht Netherlands:

"In 2030, 2040, 2050 we are fossil free"

LTO Glaskracht president Sjaak van der Tak: "Dutch greenhouse horticulture is and remains front runner in sustainability, but the transition process can only be a success with government support. In recent years a reduction of 7.5 megaton to 5 megaton emission has been realized in the horticulture, and…

Research into Ultra-Deep geothermal heat in the Netherlands takes off

The next phase in the exploration of ultra-deep geothermal heat (geothermal energy) has been achieved. To this end, six consortia have signed a cooperation agreement with regard to the implementation of the so-called Exploration Working Programme for Ultra-Deep Geothermal Heat. Within the Green Deal UDG…

US (OR): Shining a light on sustainable cannabis production

Deschutes Growery works diligently to offset the environmental impacts of its cannabis production by closely monitoring all aspects of its operation, from equipment usage to business partnerships. Energy efficiency is at the center of the Bend grower’s efforts to minimize its carbon footprint. By opting…

Iceland: Geothermal energy could be used for dehydrating greenhouse tomatoes

In a short study shared with ThinkGeoEnergy this week, a student of the University of Reykjavik looked at how geothermal energy could be utilised in food production, specifically for the dehydration of tomatoes. The document looks at how sustainable use of resources could be promoted in the north eastern part of…

Plan 2020: King Courgette guarantees that 100% of the energy used in its facilities is green

This company from Almeria has become the first firm in the province to guarantee all of the energy it uses in its facilities and processes is green. A few months ago, King Courgette® announced the implementation and start-up of its new 2020 Plan. Even though the company's strategic objective is to become the best zucchini operator in…

SodM advocates for geothermal companies

"It's as if a car leasing company would also do the oil drilling"

Northern Limburg has two geothermal projects where water is pumped from deep underground in order to heat greenhouses. It is one of the ways in which the Netherlands wants to replace natural gas. But the wells in Limburg have gone silent and there are also problems elsewhere. The State Supervision of…

NL: "Availability of biomass under pressure"

After years of 'surpluses', a shortage of woody biomass in the Netherlands is likely to occur within three years. Biomass is still being exported, but with the new bio-energy installations for greenhouse horticulture and district heating under construction, the demand for woody biomass will increase…

Support Scheme for Renewable Heat opens in Ireland

It’s been years in the planning but with very little fanfare, last month the long-awaited Support Scheme for Renewable Heat was opened in Ireland. FEC Energy participated in an event publicising the new scheme to horticultural business in and around Dublin on 25 September. The event, which was held…

Combining geothermal heat with super-fast internet

The geothermal heat project Nature’s Heat in Kwintsheul is running at full speed to the satisfaction of the nine growers connected to the project. Not only heat pipes but also fiber optic cables were placed, so now they can even make use of high-speed internet. Nature’s Heat operator Paul van Schie:…


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