Dutch farm gets floating solar farm

Recently 1,030 solar panels were installed at Kwekerij De Noordhoek in the Netherlands. These each has a 415 Wp capacity. What's more, they were placed on a MULTI-F total cover on the farm's water reservoir. This floating solar farm has a total capacity of 427 KWp. Albers Alligator and Centrica Business…

The effect of near-infrared radiation on plants

Look at any textbook on botany and you will find this maxim: plants respond to optical radiation in the spectral range of 280 nm to 800 nm. Period, end of discussion. The question is, how was this spectral range (sometimes referred to as Photobiologically Active Radiation, or PBAR) determined? This…

A review on LED lighting technology and use of wavelength band and irradiance modulation

Over the last decade, development of broad-spectrum light emitting diodes has improved markedly (Olvera-Gonzalez, et. al., 2013). Their application in plant photobiology has…

Nuclear technology for agriculture and food

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have created a joint center in order to improve…

Norway's nursery grows more tomatoes and peppers year-round by using LED lighting

Norwegian consumers are currently eating fruits and vegetables that have traveled thousands of kilometers from Southern Europe before they reach the shelves in Norwegian stores, which results in more imported food and a greater carbon footprint from its transport, compared to locally-grown crops. Now,…

selecting the right energy techniques and getting the best out of it requires specialist support

Reducing greenhouse costs drives innovation and also complication

The seemingly never-ending drive to control energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions is driving innovation but can also drive complication. "A site could have almost any combination of a gas boiler, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), LED lighting, biomass boiler, heat pump and then even some solar panels on the…

ready in 2028

New transmission line will bring much needed electricity to Southwestern Ontario

As more greenhouses open in Southwestern Ontario in the years ahead, more electricity will be needed. Assessments are ongoing and municipalities, greenhouses, Indigenous…

Aardwarmte Vogelaer turns a need into a necessity

Horticulturalists have a heat demand that geothermal energy can provide for in a sustainable way. At the same time, a geothermal energy project has an electricity demand. In order to implement this in a sustainable way, Aardwarmte Vogelaer in Poeldijk is investing in cogeneration. And an associated CHP…

Resources for reaching net zero in commercial horticultural production

Over recent months the spotlight has been on the Net Zero agenda. This has made commercial horticultural businesses increasingly focus on their own carbon footprint and how the industry can meet the UK government target of achieving a net zero economy by 2050; even more so the NFU target of 2040.Proper…

First large-scale greenhouse LED installation for Signify in Poland

Poland: Pink lights used to grow pink tomatoes

Signify has installed Philips GreenPower LED toplighting and Philips GreenPower LED interlighting in another greenhouse in Poland, this time to help grow pink tomatoes. The Piotr Kociszewski greenhouse, part of the VegaPOL producer group, has a 6-hectare greenhouse complex, of which about 2 ha is now…

How LEDs increase the yield of beneficial compounds in herbal plants

Malaysia is among the most biologically diverse countries in the world, home to dense jungles with remarkable plant species, including herbal varieties that flourish in its tropical climate. The chemical compounds in these plants have many uses and benefits, including in healthcare and cosmetics. At Monash…

Trias Westland geothermal net connects four new participants

From the end of February, another 4 growers (Zwinkels, Ammerlaan-Sosef, Van Stickelenburg and Kwekerij Westpoel) have been using geothermal energy from Trias Westland. This connects more than 15.5 hectares of new greenhouse horticulture area. “The cold weather conditions in February made it abundantly…

Mechanicsburg farm heats their greenhouses without fossil fuels

Threefold Farm in Mechanicsburg uses a climate battery to re-use the sun’s heat to operate their greenhouses, free of any fossil fuel use. A climate battery is a little…

Viparspectra

"LED grow lights with high performance and less energy consumption"

ViparSpectra XS1000 led grow light is coming to the market in March 2021. XS1000 is ViparSpectra's newest QB-style led grow light. Featuring in Samsung LM301B diodes, mean well driver, and advanced heat dissipation function, ViparSpectra XS1000 improves plants yields up to a max of 2.9g/watt. It has high…

Pause on resupplying of electricity from Dutch growers

The electricity grid in the Bommelerwaard and Neerijnen is full. The maximum capacity has been reached. As a result, grid operator Liander is asking entrepreneurs with plans…

Ridder introduces the new transparent RES 10 R FR wall screen

"Create an ideal and energy-efficient climate in your greenhouse"

Ridder introduces its new transparent energy-saving screen fabric, which has been developed especially for use in vertical roller screen systems. The RES 10 R FR screen is the clearest energy-saving screen in its class, has a very stable structure, and is flame-retardant. This means it saves energy while…

Clean water? Get ready to cover up!

It’s spring again, which means growers are experiencing more solar irradiance. For growers, it is often the time to act quickly. Because as important as sunlight is, there is a disadvantage called: excessive algae growth. A threat to any open water storage system, which can cause many problems. Growers…

Uman one of the first Ukrainian companies to invest in hybrid grow light system

"Initial effects of the hybrid grow light system are positive"

Uman Greenhouse Complex recently had the honour of being one of the first Ukrainian horticulture businesses to use a hybrid grow light installation. Hortilux Schréder did not just supply the LED and HPS fixtures, they also drew up a tailored lighting plan for this prominent company. The initial results…

NL: "Don't block the light, manage it!"

The ReduSystems variety of coatings has grown significantly in recent years. Growers are leveraging the possibilities to develop a customised approach for their crop. A number of growers is switching over to another coating, while others have every reason to stay with their current choice.  Ruben Vicencio, crop…

Glenwood Valley Farms installs LED lights

"We are noticing the difference even after one growth cycle"

Fluence, a LED provider, and Glenwood Valley Farms, a British Columbia-based greenhouse grower, announced the installation of Fluence’s broad-spectrum LED technology across one hectare of Glenwood’s cucumber greenhouse.  Glenwood grows tomatoes, cucumbers and various fruits year-round and distributes produce…

Producing highly efficient LEDs based on 2D perovskite films

Energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used in our everyday life for many decades. But the quest for better LEDs, offering both lower costs and brighter colours, has recently drawn scientists to a material called perovskite. A recent joint-research project co-led by the scientist from…

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Free download: lighting applications in horticulture

As LED grow lights continue to become more affordable, an increasing number of greenhouse growers and vertical farmers are considering whether the lights would benefit their production systems. Several studies and growers applications have demonstrated the development of new lighting technologies such as…

The aid will cover up to 30% of the each project's cost

The Spanish Government allocates 30 million to energy efficiency actions in agricultural operations

The Council of Ministers approved the Royal Decree that regulates the aid program for carrying out energy efficiency actions in agricultural operations. “The government will…

Light uniformity: comparing HID and LED luminaires

Light uniformity is an important factor when it comes to growing a consistent crop and optimizing your growing environment, however, there has been some misinformation about…

wine from under solar glass

Growing greenhouse grapes with negative carbon footprint

Greece winemaker Tsantalis developed an experimental greenhouse for viticulture cultivation, using Solar Glass of the company Brite. This fully automated greenhouse has a cultivation area of 1,200 m² and operates all year round due to its heating and cooling systems. The cultivated crop is a grape…

Signify launches new LED toplights

"We mean to serve growers optimizing for yield and those optimizing for energy reduction"

Signify announces an expansion to its range of Philips GreenPower LED toplighting products, providing growers a new range for light-loving crops with the Philips GreenPower LED toplighting force. The company also updates its proven toplighting compact and toplighting linear product ranges with new…

Den Berk Délice builds new tomato greenhouse

"We chose a higher light output with the same electricity usage"

Den Berk Délice from Merksplas in Belgium is expanding their cultivation area with 7.3 ha. The new greenhouse is being equipped for the cultivation of high-quality tomatoes. Signify will supply the hybrid lighting installation, with a total light level of 265 µmol/s/m2. In 2019, Signify already supplied…

Willem de Vries, GroenLeven,:

"If it were up to us, the Netherlands would soon be growing all its fruit under solar panels"

Last year, the Dutch energy provider, GroenLeven, initiated a pilot project with five growers. They wanted to see how these farmers' fruit grew under solar panels. This is a world-first - considering solar panels' dual function in this way. Along with Wageningen University and Research (WUR), GroenLeven…

"Growers eager to start using LED"

LED is hot and definitely no longer a thing of the future. This has become evident from, among other things, a survey by Hortilux among growers. Interest levels in LED appears to be very, very high. At the same time, some questions and challenges remain, too. Hortilux has noticed a strong surge in the…

"Monitoring your gas burner remotely"

Digitalisation is in full swing in the gas burner market, and this is opening up plenty of opportunities. Zantingh is the first gas burner manufacturer in the world to supply burners equipped with Climatix. The Siemens application, which facilitates the remote monitoring of gas burners anywhere in the…

Utility companies offer incentives for energy-efficient lighting

Supplemental lighting is most beneficial during November through February in Michigan, when natural light levels are at their lowest. An increasing number of Michigan growers have invested in either high-intensity or low-intensity lighting from light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in order to increase…

North American electricity case study for a ten acre lit greenhouse

The greenhouse industry is prevalent in many areas in North America. In Canada, greenhouses account for approximately 404 acres in Alberta and 3720 acres in Ontario. In the…

UK: Environmental compliance for small combined heat and power

NFU Energy has a range of services to assist you and your projects' environmental compliance needs; from permitting to dispersion modelling, they can help your project go from paper to reality. The application and compliance service is designed to ensure high quality and reliable support for your project…

TSO Greenhouses

Recycling solar energy for indoor farming use

New patented technology that recycles renewable energy is ready to revolutionize CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) and make indoor farming both more profitable and more attainable in remote rural areas. This upgrade in solar technology offers benefits for farmers, consumers, businesses,…

Drying plugs with geothermal heat

Van der Knaap recently opened a drying area for Obturo® plugs. Obturo plugs are excellent for drying and then rewetting. This has several advantages: dried plugs have a longer shelf life and it saves weight. To save energy costs, the company has devised a solution that is as sustainable as it gets: dry…

Hydroponic project saves CA$150,000 a year after LED implementation

Fluence, a provider of LED lighting solutions for commercial food and cannabis production, and Great Northern Hydroponics, an Ontario, Canada-based greenhouse growing more than 10 varieties of tomatoes, announced today that the companies’ collaborative LED implementation is projected to save an estimated…

Carnegie Institution for Science

A solution for coming challenges?

Engineering light availability for crop production

In a recent perspective piece in Energy and Environmental Science, Carnegie's Arthur Grossman and Petra Redekop joined colleagues from Stanford University—Larissa Kunz, Matteo Cargnello, and Arun Majumdar—and University of Illinois Urbana Champaign's Donald Ort to argue that specially engineered lighting…

"More light with a smaller fixture"

The development of LED lighting for greenhouse horticulture is constantly developing. The Dutch Powerhouse Monarch from Oreon was introduced exactly one year ago at Fruit Logistica in Berlin with a light output of 3100 µmol/s.  Sales Director Jan Mol: “More than 12 years ago we were the first to provide a…

"Combining maximum light with optimal energy saving"

At the end of 2019, Kwekerij Moors in Asten took a new five-hectare greenhouse into use. To optimize the light penetration into his crop, pepper grower, Rob Moors opted for diffuse glass. At the same time, he invested in two Luxous 1147 FR screens from Svensson. The latter turned out to be the right…

UK: how to keep on top of renewable heat incentive data

It is important for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) participants to take and submit regular meter readings to Ofgem correctly and at the right time as they determine how much…

Off-peak power rates extended to alleviate Ontario growers and families

The Ontario government is extending electricity rate relief for farms to support those spending more time at home in response to the provincial Stay-at-Home Order. The…


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