Peter Lexmond, Commercial Director at Meteor Systems:

‘PIB India helps to market Dutch horticultural technology in India’

The Brabant-based company Meteor Systems has been producing and distributing cultivation systems and irrigation systems to global greenhouse horticulture for more than 25 years. From their factories in the Netherlands and North America and with their office in China, they supply systems for the…

NZ: Small business feeling the pinch of higher running costs

Bali and Jasse Sahota are the owners of UV Sahota, a tomato and cucumber growing operation in Karaka, South Auckland. Their growing journey began in 1994 when Bali worked as a tomato grower in Kumeu, West Auckland. They moved to South Auckland in 1996 to work for KPH. Jasse became a team leader in one of…

5 benefits of remote CHP monitoring for growers

As growers look to shield their operations from rising energy bills, more and more are turning to on-site power generation. With the pandemic accelerating the trend of remote working and companies looking for new ways of keeping their workforce safe, remote engine monitoring systems have also grown in…

Geysir glass: getting growers back in business with energy-saving single glass

Agculture announces the launch of Geysir, the first energy-saving single glass with high hemispherical light transmission. "With this product, we continue to pursue our vision of empowering growers to produce healthier crops and increase yields while reducing their use of carbon-based energy resources,"…

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Combining crops and solar panels is allowing Kenya to ‘harvest the sun twice’

In a region where energy security poses real challenges, but sunlight is not in short supply, solar electricity seems an obvious solution for much of Africa. But the answer isn’t as simple as that. Installing vast arrays of photovoltaic (PV) panels often means clearing swathes of land to bare soil. This…

Southern Paprika gets New Zealand's first CO2 recovered biomass boiler

"We needed to rely on other, more renewable energy sources"

Southern Paprika Limited, one of New Zealand's largest capsicum providers, has made a significant commitment to decarbonizing its business – as part of a broader plan to reduce its footprint. "We know our customers, and an increasing number of New Zealanders, want to be confident that they are buying…

Pyrgeometers and glass film technologies:

Innovations to support the transition to green energy in the greenhouse

For the past years, two main challenges have been top of mind for greenhouse operators: labor (shortages and increasing costs) and the ever-increasing costs of energy. Andrew Lee, Global Technical Knowledge Manager at Grodan and veteran in the horticultural business, sees these challenges not as limitations,…

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Jersey: Growers warn of higher prices because of rise in energy costs

The sharp rise in energy and fuel costs could have a damaging knock-on effect for Jersey’s vegetable growers, leading to increased costs for consumers, growers have warned. Paul Blake of La Chasse Produce in St Saviour said growers were turning down the heating in their greenhouses due to the increased…

Robin Schilder and Frank Meijnders (BDO0:

Netherlands: "All options must be on the table in the current energy crisis"

You don't need to tell Robin Schilder and Frank Meijnders how dire the situation in greenhouse horticulture is. As a Specialist in Business Restructuring, Schilder guides entrepreneurs in financially challenging situations. Meijnders has been active for BDO in the Westland region for almost 25 years and…

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Inuvik Community Greenhouse adds solar power to its hydroponics unit

Inuvik’s greenhouse continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the Arctic. Now, the society has secured solar panels to power the unit during the brighter parts of the year. “We had planned to do that this summer, but with changing locations it was delayed,” said Inuvik Greenhouse Society…

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Turkey: Dikili TDIOSB to drill 7 geothermal wells for greenhouse heating

The application for geothermal resource exploration for the Dikili Agriculture-Based Specialized Greenhouse Organized Industrial Zone (TDIOSB) project, which is expected to be operational in the near future, has been accepted by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Air Conditioning of Turkey.…

NFU Energy to partner up with Energy Now

Energy Now has been providing farmers and landowners with independent information and guidance on renewables and low-carbon solutions/opportunities since 2007. The magazine,…

Marc Harskamp of Orim Energy warns of diesel shortage:

"Limited diesel availability causing issues"

“Diesel is being rationed," says Marc Harskamp, Trader Fuel Oil/Risk Management at Orim Energy. This Dutch company focuses on trading, blending, and bunkering low-sulfur fuel. One of the reasons for the limited diesel availability, he says, is the maintenance being carried out on several refineries in…

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August 11, 2022

US (NC): Horticulture lighting and learning event

The horticulture lighting industry is advancing fast with new technology, allowing you to grow more yield while reducing your expenses. In fact, many of these advancements are being developed right here in the United States. So Hort Americas is hosting an event, as part of the AppLit initiative, to share…

ClearVue Technologies provides update on solar greenhouses in Perth and Japan

Update: growing plants under solar panels in Perth & Japan greenhouses

Smart building materials company ClearVue Technologies provides an update on the progress of its solar greenhouse trial at Murdoch University and the progress of the installation of a commercial solar greenhouse in Japan. Energy production performance and energy efficiency of ClearVue's PV glazing at…

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CAN (BC): Greenhouse gas emissions exempted for big B.C. greenhouses

Burning natural gas or propane to heat greenhouses growing vegetables, tree seedlings or flowers is up to 80 per cent exempt from B.C.’s carbon tax. The B.C. agriculture ministry opened applications Tuesday for its greenhouse carbon tax relief program, which reimburses eligible growers for their 2021…

UK: NFU Energy adds to team

There have been two sides to the energy crisis at NFU Energy. On the one hand, we have calls from farmers, growers, and businesses concerned about the astronomical prices they are being quoted for…

The future of growing without gas

Jon Swain and Mike Bond embarked on a UK tour and two overseas site visits for the Innovate Waste Heat To Fruit & Veg project, also closely linked to AHDB GrowSave activity. They were looking at the future of growing without gas, and alternative sources for the necessary heat and CO2, writes Mike Bond,…

Oboya puts sleeve production factory in China under solar

"We want to become a fossil-free producer"

Few things are becoming more precious than energy sources. The packaging company Oboya is very much aware of that. That’s why the company felt the need to do something that would make the business future-proof and environmentally sustainable. "We are focusing on CO2 reduction investing in becoming more…

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A new greenhouse in Spain can generate solar power with no harmful gas

A team of students and researchers from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) has designed a prototype Solar Greenhouse in Barcelona, Spain, to generate its own energy and produce food without emitting greenhouse gasses. The project was developed during a masters program at the…

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Cucumber crisis

Energy prices leave British glasshouses empty

In a small corner of south-east England, vast glasshouses stand empty, the soaring cost of energy preventing their owner from using heat to grow cucumbers for the British market. Elsewhere in the country growers have also failed to plant peppers, aubergines and tomatoes after a surge in natural gas…

Gasoline costs the most in ...

Hong Kong. There, gasoline currently costs $2,879/liter - making it the most expensive in the world. The Netherlands, however, is a close second at $2,517 per liter. Monaco, Norway, and Finland complete the top five. You can see the complete list at https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/gasoline_prices/.   

Sustainability Report 2021

'Our approach targets the four key pillars of Environment, Economic, People and Community'

Costa Group Holdings Limited, the Australian grower, packer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables, has released its 2021 Sustainability Report. The 2021 Sustainability…

NFU answers frequently asked question

UK suppliers stop contract prices, posing new challenges for growers

"As the war in Ukraine deepens, our thoughts are with those living with its devastating effects. Here in the UK, we face a different kind of crisis with the ripple effects of what’s happening being felt in our energy market, and throughout the rest of Europe. Our farmers and growers are particularly…

Geothermal heat production in the Netherlands to grow very slightly by 2021

The potential of geothermal heat is enormous, and the branch organization Geothermal Netherlands is convinced of this. Yet, the production of geothermal heat in 2021 was…

Harvesting underground waters means a greener future in Peru’s arid north

In the Sechura desert, on Peru’s northern coast, drinking water is unavailable and nutritious food is scarce and expensive. Now, thanks to a project backed by the World Food…

Biomethane and biomass alternative to natural gas among German growers

In southern Germany, farmers are searching for alternatives to natural gas. The recent war in Ukraine only makes the importance of that search even more logical. The regional…

TBV Kühlfahrzeuge continues development of electric cooling solutions

"Refrigerated vehicles can be kept at service temperatures thanks to modern e-cooling systems"

In times of rapidly rising fuel prices, sustainable drive types, above all electric drive, are rapidly gaining in importance. Willstätt-based vehicle supplier TBV Ltd foresaw the need for sustainable cooling solutions early on and reacted accordingly, says Managing Director Rainer Fuchs in an interview.…

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Report: Dramatically increasing energy prices due to crisis in Ukraine

Dramatically increasing energy prices made headlines this week, as the conflict in Ukraine continues to drive global oil prices up. Domestically, drivers are seeing prices for gasoline and diesel reach levels not experienced in over a decade, with corresponding increases in truck rates already being…

Production costs from €300 to €750 per ton in two years

Six paper mills shut down due to rising costs in Italy

It was announced on Tuesday that the large Venetian paper producer Pro-Gest, which has six mills, has stopped production due to increased energy costs. A crisis is looming for the producers that supply fruit and vegetable packaging. "For our sector, this is a terrible blow, the final straw after months…

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NL: Maasdijk geothermal project kicked off, heat for 430 hectares of glass

Pieter Varekamp, councilor for energy transition for the municipality of Westland, gave the green light for the Maasdijk Geothermal Heat Project on Tuesday, March 8 by placing a gutter element with a caterpillar crane. The project is primarily aimed at horticulturalists in the region, who choose to heat…

‘Mega greenhouse’ given the power to grow by Yorkshire energy provider

Fulcrum, a multi-utility infrastructure and services provider, has delivered a £5.5m project to power a 22-hectare vegetable growing facility. Sheffield-based Fulcrum has designed and installed infrastructure at Greencoat Capital’s £85m greenhouse near Ely, Cambridgeshire, which is one of the largest of…

Luxous Eco important step towards circular greenhouse horticulture

It should be clear: the urgency to make greenhouse horticulture more sustainable is excellent, as is the will to increase sustainability. On the one hand, the pressure rises with new tightened climate plans. On the other hand, greenhouse horticulture has already taken major, sustainable steps. Glasshouse…

Irish growers seek ombudsman amid demise of commercial vegetable sector

Recent estimates say there are fewer than 100 commercial vegetable growers in Ireland, compared to about 350 in 2010. According to Irish Farmers’ Association president Tim…

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'Scents' of alarm: Volatile chemical signals from damaged plants warn neighbors about herbivore attacks

Animals often use highly specific signals to warn their herd about approaching predators. Surprisingly, similar behaviors are also observed among plants. Shedding more light on this phenomenon, Tokyo University of Science researchers have discovered one such mechanism. Using Arabidopsis thaliana as a…

Resource Innovation Institute releases best practices guide for CEA

Resource Innovation Institute (RII), in partnership with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), is releasing its first Best Practices Guide developed…

FOI request about geothermal incident: Lessons learned, despite fear of damage to reputation

"No, a similar calamity cannot happen again," Marco van Soerland, managing director of geothermal energy company Trias Westland, said in an update yesterday in response to an…

Ralf Mergenthaler, Lemberghof nursery, on protected cultivation of potted herbs

"Electricity prices this past winter were in some cases devastating"

Springtime is herbs time. But in the greenhouse facilities of the Lemberghof nursery in the Stuttgart area, fresh Bioland potted herbs grow and thrive all year round for the southern German trade. "However, the classic sales peaks are still concentrated on the Christmas and Easter holidays as well as…

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UK: Local produce suffering from soaring gas prices

Higher prices and shortages are likely for fruit and vegetables and other produce from the glasshouses of Europe, where the heat has been turned down because of the steep inflation in natural gas prices. In particular, the supply of these crops is likely to fall from the Netherlands, where an estimated…

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Geothermal heated greenhouse in Aydin, Turkey receives approval

Turkey's Ministry of Agriculture has approved a 717,000-sq. m. agricultural industrial zone in Aydin that will use geothermal greenhouse heating. The Kadikoy Specialized Organized Industrial Zone project based on Agriculture, prepared for the use of geothermal in greenhouses in Aydin, which has Turkey’s…

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report

'Europe should be very wary of climate change'

A recent report states that, for Europe, heat and flooding in addition to agricultural losses and water scarcity will be major climate impacts. And while European awareness of…

Grower saves energy with AC film next to fixed screen

At De Naulanden they use AC-film next to a fixed screen in their pepper cultivation. With this combination they managed to save 20% in only 5-6 weeks, and that during a mild winter, Oerlemans Plastics shares on social media. Product Manager Piet van den Oord visited the grower. Watch the video item here.

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The industry responds:

Will rising electricity prices kill off vertical farming?

"I have just had notification that my day rate electricity is rising from 23.23p/kwh to 31.24p/kwh a 31% increase, shared Peter Lane, Executive Chairman at the Vertical Farming Network.  "I know that is a domestic rate, but how many true enclosed vertical farms can afford that sort of increase in their most…


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