Energy

"Ontario's power system is ready for upcoming summer months"

Ontario’s power system is prepared to meet the province’s expected demand for electricity over the coming summer months, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) latest Reliability Outlook . “Our system remains reliable as we head into the summer, with adequate resources to…

Ditta Bagioni Alfiero introduces lithium batteries suitable for all types of machinery

Bagioni asparagus harvesters now feature lithium batteries. The news had already been announced months ago regarding new machines, but the company has recently introduced batteries that adapt to all existing machinery. An example of lithium battery "When it comes to new machines, we have already launched…

Rolls-Royce and Yuchai Machinery broaden their collaboration

The Rolls-Royce Power Systems division and its Chinese partner Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company intend to further intensify their collaboration in the construction and sale of engines. A corresponding agreement was signed by representatives of both companies during the visit to Friedrichshafen by a…

OFVGA:

"Capacity for electricity is stretched to its limits in the Leamington-Kingsville area"

Bill George Jr. and Brian Gilroy have written a letter on behalf of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) to comment on the province’s industrial electricity pricing consultation. "The OFVGA is supportive of the goal to achieve a dynamic energy sector that balances business energy…

CAN (ON): New transmission line expected to meet growing electricity needs in Windsor-Essex

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has requested Hydro One to develop and construct a transmission line to meet the increasing electricity needs in the Windsor-Essex region. “The IESO is committed to ensuring Ontario businesses and communities have the electricity they need to grow and…

USDA helps farmers, businesses and ag producers cut energy costs

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding 58 grants for projects in 17 states…

“You really need to be a daring grower in order to take on such an adventure together”

Dutch growers open up unique biomass station for heat and CO2

On the 6th of June around 3 pm, over 300 people were walking and pointing through a well-heated and very noisy installation room containing a maze of tubes and pipes. Over 120 people came to see the new biomass station of the three growers from Sirjansland during its official opening. Which could be…

UK: Octopus launches two ‘vertical farming’ tariffs

Octopus Energy for Business has launched two new tariffs designed to grow the vertical farming industry. The company claims the Vertical Power tariffs “pave the way” for agritech businesses and control-environment farms to bring down energy costs and reduce their environmental impact. The two new tariffs…

"Solar proving fruitful on farmland"

Feeding a growing population and meeting renewable energy demands has brought farmers and solar developers into partnerships centered on land designated for agricultural uses. The wide-open acres of American farmland accounts for just under 40% of the landmass in the United States, making them sought…

Lerdy Duijvestijn (Prokeur) about NTA8220/SCIOS Scope 10:

"Smoldering connections in the control cabinet show that electrical safety inspections are really needed"

He has visited many growers in recent years, and that will certainly not become less in the coming years. On January 1, 2022, almost all (greenhouse horticulture) companies in the Netherlands will have to comply with the new fire safety standard NTA8220/SCIOS Scope 10. The inspection has been in force…

Report Eggplant Tour Rijk Zwaan, May 22, 2019

"Controlling Tracey with pre-night temperature works well"

This season, the Tracey RZ eggplant variety can be found on more than 55 hectares in the Netherlands. The Tracey growers meet every 4-5 weeks to share their experiences about…

Denmark: Research project studies feasibility of CO2 capture at biomass-fired CHP plants

In Denmark, 30 percent of all energy consumed comes from renewable sources, and the country intends to increase this percentage to 50 percent by 2030 with the long-term goal of becoming a low-emission country, independent of fossil fuels by 2050. Denmark is far ahead in the process of changing its heat…

Dutch-German cooperation agreement on geothermal research signed

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited the Albert Einstein Science Park on Potsdam's Telegrafenberg during their stay in the State of Brandenburg on Wednesday, 22 May. The highlight of the one-hour visit was the ceremonial signing of two cooperation agreements between the GFZ…

Gourmet Waiuku

NZ: Growing peppers with natural gas instead of coal boiler

New Zealand pepper growing company Gourmet Waiuku are exchanging their old coal boiler for natural gas, to heat their 4.7-hectare glasshouse. This means their operation will not only reduce its carbon footprint, but the glasshouse growing environment will be enriched with carbon dioxide (CO2), increasing…

Quebec greenhouse producers want preferential electricity rates

Greenhouse producers in Quebec are asking the government to allow them to take advantage of some of the electricity surplus it is trying to sell to the United States. The…

Making it more viable to turn agricultural waste into renewable fuel

Although the stalks and leaves of a corn plant can be turned into ethanol, the high cost of collecting, storing, and transporting the material has limited its use in producing the fuel. Ajay Shah, an agricultural engineer with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental…

Netherlands: Commercial CO2 capture installation for horticulture applications

Netherlands-based Frames announces the first carbon neutral system for heating and supplying CO2 for industrial-scale, greenhouse growers. Successfully demonstrated by DES B.V., a cooperative association of growers including VOF Prominent Grevelingen, DT van Noord tomatoes and Van Duijn aubergines, the…

UK: Lightening energy costs for vertical farms

A year ago, Octopus Energy launched Agile Octopus. The half-hourly tariff has demonstrated significant impact, with consumers shifting their consumption away from peak times - reducing the strain on the grid, lowering carbon emissions and saving customers money. In the same year, Octopus Energy for…

UK: £30m grant fund announced

In the autumn last year, the UK Government announced they would commit a further £30 million to the next round of the popular small grants scheme for agriculture. The small grants programme is an…

Jacco Besuijen, energy manager at Prominent:

"Horticulture flexibility is crucial for sustainability"

Horticulture has, because of the flexibility that this sector can offer, a unique role in the transition to a sustainable energy supply; one of the priorities of Coalitie HOT. At the same time, the horticulture sector itself is well on its way when it comes to sustainability. But there are still…

Good swimming water for walleyes thanks to geothermal energy from greenhouses

Greenhouses do not have to be heated in the summer. In fact, there is often even a surplus of heat, especially if geothermal energy is being used. With that surplus it is possible to heat the water for indoor fish farming. The Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University & Research…

UK: CCL horticulture sector saves over £3 million

A number of Horticultural businesses registered on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) scheme have now completed their third Target Period reporting at the start of 2019. Data submissions have been presented to the Environment Agency and the results have been issued to all operators. by Steve Leil Initial…

Stephanie Freund, Sundara Energy:

"Infrastructure constraints remain a challenge to greenhouse operators"

Energy and power costs for greenhouse operators represents a substantial percentage of their overall operating costs. Canadian greenhouse vegetable producers rely on natural gas for a majority of their heating needs - and power of course is needed for the general operation and the lighting systems. The…

'No capacity' not an argument, judge says, but share fairly in case of shortages

Netherlands: Grower has as much right to (extra) electricity connection as data centers

A grower who wants to expand will look for land, for a greenhouse builder who wants to erect the greenhouse, and for electricity. For that, the grower is dependent on the grid…

Danish tomato grower in the red because of repayment co-generation subsidy

Horticulture company Alfred Pedersen & Søn in Funen (Denmark) had to repay 800,000 euros in government subsidies. Because of this, the annual figures of the tomato grower show a loss of € 560,000, compared to a profit of € 68,000 in 2017. It is about the so-called co-generation subsidy, which was…

BlockHeating starts pilot with data center for supply of residual heat

Data center next to tomato greenhouse

A lot of trucks are coming and going all the time, but growers do not often see a data center coming by. Except for last week, because a data center has been placed with a grower in Venlo (Netherlands) to, after some preparations, provide heat for the tomatoes. It involves a data center in a container…

Netherlands: Diesel 5.7 percent more expensive

A liter of diesel (BP, bulk consumption, excl. VAT) was 5.7% more expensive in the first four months of 2019 compared to the same period last year in the Netherlands. Particularly in February, the diesel was much more expensive than a year ago. In April, the difference in price when compared to 2018…

Turkey: Foreign greenhouse investor sets sights on Sanliurfa

With the discovery of geothermal water resources in the early 2000s, greenhouse production has started in the Karaali region of Sanliurfa (Turkey). After the first trials have been successful, more and more companies started to invest in the region for greenhouse production. Tomatoes and other vegetables…

US (PA): Innovative greenhouse stores heat underground

When they started Threefold Farm in Pennsylvania, Tim Clymer and his wife decided to distinguish themselves by growing unusual crops like pawpaws and kiwi berries. They also wanted to grow figs, but to do so, they needed to heat a greenhouse over the winter. Clymer: “If we had to heat with propane, I…

CAN (AB): $6.7 million in federal funding for geothermal demo facility

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, announced $6.7 million in federal funding to support Eavor Technologies’ novel approach for the next generation of geothermal engineering. Eavor Technologies is developing an innovative prototype for a closed-loop geothermal system that will create renewable…

"Green" tomatoes to help Baywa be climate-neutral in 2030

In its sustainability report 2018, BayWa announces that it wants to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions from, for example, the electricity and water supply and mobility by 22 percent by 2025 compared to 2017. Also by 2025 the use of energy is to be reduced drastically and the capacity of generation…

Increasing profit through better use of CO2

On the way to fossil-free greenhouse horticulture, the availability of fossil CO2 is decreasing and (external) CO2 becomes a cost item. The first step to dealing with this is to see how CO2 can be used more efficiently. During the workshop of Peter Geelen at the EnergiekEvent on 11 April, a number of…

The ups and downs of vertical farming

The term Vertical Farming (VF) can be used to define a variety of concepts. For some, it might conjure up images of tall structures with plants growing on the outside, while others may imagine stacks of shipping containers. In essence, VF refers to the practice of building upwards, or downwards in the…

When is the best time to sign a fixed contract?

Simply put… there isn’t a steadfast rule to this and it isn’t always in the summer which is a common misconception. In the contracts team, we help NFU members procure thousands of contracts every year. Our customer’s supplies range from small farm buildings to large pump houses, vegetable stores and…

German grower halves electricity consumption

In 2010, four entrepreneurs founded the company Neurather Gärtner GbR in Grevenbroich, Germany. Neurather Gärtner produces cocktail tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, snack tomatoes and small plum tomatoes in the high-taste segment for the regional market, i.e. within a radius of 150 kilometers. The company’s…

Lithium batteries now used in agriculture

The horticultural sector is adapting to respect the environment and contain energy consumption with an eye to efficiency and saving. With this purpose in mind, Bagioni is equipping various machines with lithium batteries. This innovation will be presented at Macfrut (hall B7 stand 48), especially for…

International effort launched to determine best CO2 capture & utilisation technologies

€1.3 million has been secured to develop a tool for identifying the most promising carbon dioxide capture and utilisation technologies. The significant financial support, announced at a launch event on 11 April, comes from the Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan and EIT Climate-KIC,…

CAN (ON): Researchers to study feasibility of solar-powered greenhouses

University of Windsor researchers have teamed up with local produce growers to improve greenhouse energy efficiency and decrease operating costs. The two-year project led by Dr. Rupp Carriveau, director of UWindsor’s Environmental Energy Institute and co-director of the Turbulence and Energy Lab, is…

Addressing food security and boosting development with geothermal heat

As a mainstream source of global power generation, the progress of renewable energy over the last decade has been rapid. In 2018, renewables accounted for around a quarter of global electricity and around 16 per cent of total final energy use. Its growth has outpaced all forms of traditional power…

UK: TRIAD dates and reductions to future rates

This year’s TRIAD dates, for the 2018/2019 winter season, have now been published by the UK's National Grid. The dates are: 22 November 2018 at 17:00 10 December 2018 at 17:00 23 January 2019 at 17:30 by Max Knowles We have experienced a milder winter this year, compared to 2017/2018 and the ‘beast from…

Finding the right balance in the 'Greenhouse Strawberry Future Proof' project

"Getting strawberries to the market early is a ‘fun challenge’ energy-wise"

An important development in the field of strawberry cultivation is the shift from uncovered to covered cultivation. This development has been going on for years, but it seems to be pushed more and more. It is expected that the number of greenhouse strawberries will double in ten years’ time. In the…

UK: New scheme launched to encourage heat networks

The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) was launched in October 2018, following a pilot scheme which ran from 2016 to 2017 and offered a total of £18.5m of funding to eight eligible projects. The aim of HNIP is to increase the number of heat networks being built. Heat networks are used extensively in…

Dermot Callaghan, Head of Teagasc Horticulture Development:

"Horticulture sector stakeholders are early adopters in green technologies"

An Energy 2019 event, targeted at horticultural growers, took place Wednesday 3 April at Teagasc Ashtown, Dublin. The well attended seminar, which attracted cross-sectoral support from the industry, was designed to inform, enlighten and encourage growers and stakeholders to improve energy efficiency on…

Rolls-Royce and ABB announce global microgrid cooperation

Rolls-Royce and ABB have announced a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation. Together the two companies will offer an energy-efficient microgrid solution for utilities, commercial and industrial entities. A microgrid is a small scale electric grid that combines power from…

"We'll ensure BC Hydro works for people again"

The provincial government of British Columbia is introducing legislative amendments to further implement recommendations from the first phase of the comprehensive BC Hydro…


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