Energy

Austrian start-up tackles energy use in greenhouses

The Austrian start-up company Etagrow has invented a lighting system for greenhouses and vertical farming. LED-based, it not only emits light, but can also create the right kind of climate. When co-founders Stefan Huebl and Florian Ablinger first tried to make it through the winter with their own…

Canada: New study shows energy cost savings potential for Ontario greenhouses

Ontario’s greenhouse sector is growing fast, and a new report by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) shows there is great potential for energy efficiency to help manage increasing electricity demand in the sector while reducing costs for greenhouses. The greenhouse sector is one of the…

Can we meet the energy demands of automation?

As more and more technology is introduced to the horticultural world, energy demand is also very likely to rocket up. Of course, automatic solutions are already being used across many processes in horticulture, alongside their human operators – salad packing lines and ornamental pot spacing for example.…

Kickstarter campaign featuring Climeworks carbon dioxide removal launched

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) outlines it in its most recent special report on 1.5 degrees: in order to limit global warming to safe levels, not only global emissions have to be reduced to zero, but also it will be necessary to remove “substantial” amounts of CO2…

Case study to develop a Life Cycle Analysis model for geothermal wells

Well Engineering Partners (WEP) are participating in the Joint Interdisciplinary Project (JIP) from the TU Delft since September 2019. JIP is a new initiative started in 2018 at the TU Delft where teams with students from different backgrounds, both knowledge-wise and culture-wise, are formed to work on…

CAN (ON): Growing energy demand from greenhouses being addressed

The provincial agency that operates Ontario’s power grid is working on initiatives to help address electricity usage and pricing for the local greenhouse industry. The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) said it is seeing significant growth in the vegetable and cannabis sectors in Essex and…

Mexico: Drilling in Gulf of California will measure geothermal energy potential

The JOIDES Resolution, a 143-meter-long vessel with the capacity to dig 8,235 meters below the seabed, will carry out drilling at six different points in the Guaymas Basin. Peña said the research will enable greater understanding of the tectonic plates beneath Mexico and that will allow “better planning…

Making the invisible climate in the greenhouse visible

Climate models are widely used in research for calculating the climate in the greenhouse. Those models are usually governed by assumptions such as climate homogeneity. They do not take into account, for example, that air flows or objects in the greenhouse may result in different microclimate over the…

‘Financial close’ achieved

Netherlands: Trias Westland starts with second geothermal heat source

The realization of the second geothermal heat doublet Trias Westland has been completed. With securing the financing for this doublet and the expansion of the heat network, the first contracts with the drilling company, contractors and suppliers have been signed. The greenhouse horticulture companies…

The Challenge of Change

City governments are realising they cannot continue growth by pushing away the 'Green Belt'

People living in cities are set to become major policy makers and ultimately the drivers of sustainability changes, according to global tech company Priva. The company's CEO and co-owner Meiny Prins told the Protected Cropping Conference on the Gold Coast that every three months, a new city of nine…

Saving CO2e emissions with rooftop greenhouses

The project GROOF aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions expressed in CO2e by implementing greenhouses on rooftops for local production of vegetables. The reduction of GHG emissions is expected to result from the synergy effects of building and rooftop greenhouse (RTG), such as recovering heat…

Peter Stuyt, Total Energy Group, reflects on the US's glasshouse history:

"As a Dutch-American, I like to combine idealism and capitalism"

A sea of glass. That is what the young son of a horticulturist, Peter Stuyt, used to see from his bedroom window on Vlietweg in the Dutch town of Naaldwijk. At the age of 22, he left for California. There he was met with an ocean of a different kind - the Pacific Ocean. Peter found himself in the glasshouse cultivation…

Lighting research consortium brings CEA community industry-ready technologies

Without light, plants can't grow. The continued advance of controlled environment agriculture means that sunlight is often supplemented and in some cases completely replaced by artificial lighting. It works well, but there's one caveat: artificial lighting can take a lot of energy. Reason enough for the…

Netherlands: NFU Energy join Jules Energy for their bike adventure

At the beginning of September Mike, Elisa, Ed and Steven of NFU Energy joined the Jules and Friends Bike Event 2019, where they would be cycling between 50 and 100 km a day. Here is how they got on… Mike, Elisa and Steven loaded the car up Thursday evening immediately after work and set off for Harwich…

Working towards a fossil fuel-free future

Growers should start preparing their greenhouses now for a fossil fuel-free future, researchers from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) advise. by Rachel Anderson for GreenTech Which fossil fuel-free options are most interesting for growers?Their advice was published this year (2019) in a study,…

Jan VanderHout, Beverly Greenhouses

Walking the energy tightrope between business and sustainability

Sustainability is a hot topic in the industry. Many growers are looking for ways to increase sustainability in their cultivation, but they also have their bottom line to consider. In addition, there are obstacles to achieving more sustainable energy use in an operation. Jan VanderHout with Beverly…

Tips for saving energy in winter

Any time is a good time to take stock of your energy costs but as we look ahead to colder weather and less daylight, now is an especially good time to assess things and ensure efficient energy use this winter. Jon Swain, Head of Sales at NFU Energy says: “Your energy-saving opportunities will depend on your type of farm,…

New Zealand: Free ETS allocations phase-out announced

On the 31st July, the government of New Zealand announced the outcome of its latest ETS review and decision on phasing out of NZ Unit free industrial allocations (for Carbon) – beginning at 1% per year from 2021-2030 then increasing to 2% for 10 years, then 3%.    This means that from 2021 fresh tomato growers will receive…

CAN (BC): Carbon tax hardly makes dent in emissions

Carbon emissions in British Columbia in 2017 were only slightly below 2007 levels despite a long-running strategy to fight climate change that includes a carbon tax, new data show. The data released Monday by the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change measured 64.46 million tonnes of greenhouse…

Food & energy against climate change

With SUNfarming Food & Energy Greenhouses in parallel producing solar energy and producing food safety on the same land area is the aim of a German-African research project involving SUNfarming and Forschungszentrum Jülich, which funds the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with around two…

Netherlands: Zonnekreek Tomato switches from natural gas to renewable bioenergy

Swedish engineering company PetroBio has been commissioned to convert the energy production at the Dutch tomato grower Zonnekreek Tomato from natural gas to renewable bioenergy. Earthquakes and tremors as a result of natural gas extraction in the Dutch city of Groningen, (one of the world's largest gas…

German report to learn from

Germany: Thirteen years and still no geothermic heat

"Nicht das erste Tiefengeothermieprojekt mit fehlender Akzeptanz innerhalb der Bevölkerung", can be read in a German report about the failure of the geothermic heat project in the German place Puchheim, Beieren. In 2006, the first plans were made public, but after 13 years the local residents got the upper…

Climeworks AG and Antecy B.V. are joining forces

Climeworks AG, Switzerland and Antecy B.V., the Netherlands share the same goal of removing climate-relevant amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and joining forces renders this goal more achievable. The combination of their technologies will result in even more powerful solutions for both carbon dioxide…

CAN (ON): Extended natural gas line to help greenhouse development Chatham-Kent

Today construction work has officially begun on two new natural gas transmission pipelines in Chatham-Kent after they were granted approval from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). That was announced by Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy. “By expanding access to natural gas, our government is helping…

Canada: Geothermal testing and drilling program underway

DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp. is pleased to announce that the 2019 field testing and drilling program is now underway. DEEP will be conducting an initial flow and build test into a tank farm comprised of 27 tanks for 3 days. During the flow test, multiple samples of brine, gas, and precipitated…

UK: Smallford nursery confirms waste vegetables are recycled for green energy

Glinwell PLC in Hatfield Road, Smallford, grows peppers, cucumbers and aubergines over 28 acres of land, as well as packing and grading facilities. The nursery has confirmed that the vegetables discarded in the skips do not go into landfill.  General manager Matthew Simon said: "So far this year we have donated…

off-grid greenhouse growing: a blueprint

"The only access we need to run the greenhouse is borehole water"

“Everyone doubted that we could achieve what we have achieved already,” says Jason Ralph-Smith, Managing Director of AutoPot Global. “We’re growing beautiful, healthy crops with no electricity. We’ve only got mother nature, shade cloth, and some fans - no environmental control in there.” Jason is talking…

China is trying to boost its crops by using electric fields

Chinese scientists are exposing crops to powerful electric fields in an attempt to make them grow faster without using chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Inside the huge commercial greenhouse on the outskirts of Beijing, heads of lettuce sit in neat rows while light gently pours through the glass above.…

Blackout risks in Australia

Costa Group: 'A disgraceful situation'

Costa Group, Australia's biggest fruit and vegetable grower, has commented on the "disgraceful" state of the nation's energy market. Fears of summer blackouts forced the…

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 photovoltaic…

"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.  An…

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…


© HortiDaily.com 2019

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber