Energy

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

When in 2010 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 and optimized their…

"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 Crocker our Managing…

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 the grant,…

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 inside power generation…

CAN (AB): Electricity heat and CO2 for Doef’s Greenhouses

Greenhouses in Alberta need a lot of heat, lighting and CO2, that is well known. At Doef’s Greenhouses Ltd, the greenhouse is equipped with grow lights. Doef’s Greenhouses grow vegetables and lettuce in a 4.6 ha (11.4 Acres) greenhouse for the Canadian market. When the days are getting shorter or when the light levels are too…

Caribbean pilot project combines greenhouse with photovoltaic system

The German Energy Agency (Dena), in cooperation with the two German companies Bioltec Systems GmbH and Sunfarming GmbH, has set up a training and demonstration center for the German Energy Agency (DMA) for renewable energy, energy use of waste and sustainable mobility in the Caribbean combined with…

Enriva Biohouse

Video: Turn-key bioenergy implementation launched

Located on the Victorian side of the Murray River, this horticultural client of Enriva's is a family run business growing food and plants for the wholesale market. Enriva in conjunction with Smart Heating delivered this state of the art biomass project which provides a year round temperature controlled…

Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector

Predominantly known for power generation and district heating, geothermal energy can also be used in its primary form (i.e. heat) in the agri-food sector – for instance in greenhouses or for food drying and processing. Using it for such purposes can help increase food availability, reduce dependency on…

Peter Geelen charts the course

A decade of Next Generation Growing

When looking back at ten years of Next Generation Growing (Het Nieuwe Telen), Peter Geelen explains the differences being made in horticulture, “The image of a grand exploration comes to mind. Only now I realize how impressive this journey is by a large number of ports we have passed and the developments…

Peppers cultivated on waste wood from North Holland North residents and companies

Dutch pepper grower ready for climate agreement with heat network connection

Greenhouse horticulture area Alton in Heerhugowaard (North Holland) was officially connected to the heat network of waste and energy company HVC on Thursday 10 January 2019. Pepper grower NH Paprika will be the first greenhouse horticulture company to be connected to the grid and is therefore fully…

CAN (BC): Thinking smart about energy use

British Columbia is poised to become more energy efficient and sustainable thanks to a new research collaboration between FortisBC and UBC Okanagan. They’ve created a Smart Energy Research Chair position to help optimize energy use in BC and reduce the province’s greenhouse gas footprint. “The future of humanity depends on our…

Prime Minister announces support for Canada’s first geothermal power facility

Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced support for a new geothermal power facility near Estevan in Southeastern Saskatchewan. The energy project, led by DEEP Earth Energy Production Corporation, is the first of its kind in Canada and taps into a new renewable energy resource. The Government of Canada will provide $25.6…

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Global warming and greenhouses

Has economic progress and technological advancement turned the earth into a time bomb? The devastating effects of global warming are evident in all the continents. Why are people destroying Mother Nature in their quest for economic freedom? The mountain glaciers and polar ice caps are melting away. Lakes are warming quickly all…

East-West Seed Thailand goes solar

At its main seed processing facilities, tropical vegetable seed company East-West Seed has made the move towards clean energy with the installation of a 774-panel solar power project that produces approximately 364,500 Kw of electricity per year, helping power its seed processing facilities including the…

Peter Quiring:

"We're going to expand somewhere; if it isn't here, it's going to be somewhere else"

A Leamington greenhouse owner says he may be forced to expand his booming business outside of Essex County because of ongoing concerns about electrical supply. Peter Quiring, owner of NatureFresh Farms in Leamington, said the government isn't moving fast enough to address an impending electrical supply shortage in…

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Top 5 sustainable and eco-friendly farming practices

With the rising awareness about the environmental harm caused by large-scale agriculture, eco-friendly farming has become a priority. The solution which can offset damages such as forest clearings, destruction of habitats, the negative impact of pesticides and intense carbon outputs is sustainable…

Turkey: Investor disappointed in return from geothermal greenhouse

Investor Yunus Arifoglu Ozturk from Azerbaijan has set up a greenhouse on 4.2 hectares of his 8 hectare land in the Germencik district of Aydin (Turkey), but he is disappointed that he can't make use of geothermal water nearby in the area. Grower Yunus Ozturk: “I have been using coal for heating for the last 3…

NL: Government and horticulture find each other in energy transition

The Dutch government is working hard to achieve climate targets. For this purpose, the so-called climate tables discuss the measures that different sectors can take and which effects they have. Greenhouse horticulture is an important player within the climate table Agriculture. The Greenhouse…

Henry Friesen acquires 25% of JV Energy Solutions shares

JV Energy Solutions, located in Kingsville, Southern Ontario, Canada, is owned and operated by the Voshol Group. With over 20 years of greenhouse heating experience, JV Energy Solutions aims to promote sustainable energy in the greenhouse cultivation sector in North America. Due to their large stock of European heating…

"Reducing power required from local utilities while providing cost saving"

Tecogen announced three separate Tecochill orders into the burgeoning indoor cultivation industry. The three projects, located in Florida and Massachusetts, collectively consist of four 150/200 ton STx Tecochill systems and two 400 ton DTx Tecochill systems. All six units are expected to be delivered and…

Pon Power introduces Cat Solar solar panels

Solar panels on the barracks of seasonal workers

Pon Power and Caterpillar came up with a new initiative to increase the use of more sustainable energy sources. In addition to reducing emissions through more efficient and clean engines, Pon Power's focus is also on the opportunities that the energy transition brings with it. With the introduction of…

"It’s the most... expensive time of the year"

As the winter sets in and the days get colder and shorter, maintaining a productive growing environment can be a challenge. For those targeting year-round production, keeping crops warm and well-lit, this can be an expensive time of year with high heating and electricity bills. However, growing out of…

Give your truck wings and improve the aerodynamics

Wings on your truck may seem to be of little use, but they do improve the aerodynamics. At high speed, the wings unfold and at low speed they fold back. The advantage of these wings is the fuel saving effect.

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…


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