Energy

1,720 solar panels for Dutch pepper growers

960 solar panels were already installed on the roof of the Westlandpeppers packaging hall, but there was still space left. Recently, another 380 solar panels were added and, to top it all off, another 380 units will be added next year. The 960 solar panels in 2018 generated approximately 218,000 KWh of…

China: Large-scale centralized solar heating project put into operation in Lingdong District

A central heating project using solar energy of the agricultural park has been completed and put into operation in the tropical fruit greenhouse base in Lingdong District. The total investment for the project amounts to 7.567 million RMB with 28,000 m2 heating area.   The project adopts the latest high-temperature and…

"Electricity generation owners must act now"

Owners of equipment capable of exporting electricity to the grid in the United Kingdom are required to ensure that their grid protection equipment is compliant with current regulations. In the past, that’s meant the G59 standard which has recently been superseded by G99. The Accelerated Loss of Mains…

Estimating the environmental impact of greenhouse vegetable production

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of vegetable production in a greenhouse can be now estimated with Hortinergy. Hortinergy models the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in g CO2/m² or g CO2/kg product. This will allow growers to estimate greenhouse gas emissions by taking account different parameters: Embodied energy…

"Greenhouses balance out disturbances in the power system"

Oksasen Puutarha specialises in cultivating lettuces. The company, which is based in the north of Turku, has been providing the frequency containment reserve for disturbances (FCR-D) and demand response for two years now. The provision of FCR-D causes the lights to go out in the greenhouse a few times a…

Maersk to pilot a battery system to improve power production

A containerized 600 kWh marine battery system will be installed in a trial on board the Maersk Cape Town in December 2019 to improve vessel performance and reliability while reducing CO2 emissions.“This trial will provide a greater understanding of energy storage that will support Maersk in moving…

UK: "The nights are drawing in – time to be energy efficient"

Last weekend the UK moved out of BST meaning that it’s starting to get dark earlier. This isn’t the only effect of the hour change however, any equipment that you have that is controlled by a timeclock may well now be out of sync with your expected pattern of use. Now is the time to check that these…

Power generator with battery allows growers to go off-grid

Rolls-Royce offers with its MTU microgrids the company's first eco-friendly and on-site power generation solution suitable for agricultural applications. These autonomous power grids combine renewable energy sources with battery storage and gas and diesel generators using a microgrid control system…

Netherlands: "Continuation of good market position for gas engine CHP"

The CHP gas engine did maintain its good market position in The Netherlands in the first half of 2019. This can partly be explained by the growing import and export with neighboring countries, resulting in a greater exchange of electricity. This provides more CHP operating hours and higher prices in…

CAN (QC): Electricity demand high, but ongoing surplus in Québec

Although the electricity demand will increase in Québec, Hydro-Québec will continue to have a major surplus of available electricity. That's what they say in their recently…

UK: Government urged to ban burning on peatlands

Twenty-six environmental charities, NGOs and associations are calling on the UK government to end the scandal of burning on peatland, which is vital in the fight against climate change. This week during Westminster parliament’s first ever debate on nature-based solutions to climate change, MPs called on…

Toulouse tomato greenhouses heated with waste

In France, 30 km from the pink city of Toulouse, farmer Gilles Briffaud produces hothouse tomatoes for a competitive price thanks to the low-temperature energy supplied by the Econotre eco-centre. Operated by Suez under a public service concession agreement with the Decoset local waste agency covering…

"Vertical farming is a part of New Zealand's future"

Shoots Microgreens is New Zealand’s first vertical farm in the heart of Wellington’s CBD. Underground, in a former nightclub, multi coloured LED lights are stacked in vertical rows to boost microgreen growth. Shoots co-owner Matt Keltie opened the business in February 2018, after gaining funding support…

AVR Duiven officially opened

Netherlands: First CO2 from residual waste to greenhouse horticulture

After more than a year of construction, Dutch waste-to-energy company AVR has started capturing and delivering the first tons of CO2 to greenhouse horticulture. The greenhouse…

Finland: Thirty percent more cucumbers, with the same energy consumption

The limited amount of light in winter means that growing cucumbers in Finland isn't a simple task. To be able to produce year-round, the use of grow light is a must. "And the light intensities installed in these regions are on average many times higher than most of the world's horticultural regions,"…

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…


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