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UK: How retailers collaborating on decarbonisation could impact horticulture

Twenty retail businesses have recently joined forces through the British Retail Consortium (BRC), pledging to develop a blueprint for decarbonisation of the industry. Among the signatories are several supermarkets that have committed to reducing emissions not only in their shops but also through their…

Tapping into the power of photosynthesis for clean energy

In a big step forward toward making BIO-photoelectrochemical cells (BIOcells) a mainstream clean energy source in the future, researchers from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have overcome an efficiency hurdle by successfully combining the power of…

CAN (QC): New cost-effective rate offering for greenhouse growers

Hydro-Québec has filed an application with the Régie de l’énergie regarding a new rate offering to support the development of the Québec greenhouse industry. The application provides for a rate of 5.59¢ per kilowatthour (kWh) for photosynthetic lighting and space heating to raise crops, available to all…

Rainwater generates electricity for shade houses in China

Light intensity, temperature, humidity, and salinity - through smart sensing technology, you can record growth indicators related to crop growth one by one to provide a reference for large-scale and high-quality cultivation of crops. However, the real-time monitoring of these indicators requires electric…

Water-filled glass; saving energy and reducing carbon emissions

Almost everyone knows that heating and cooling buildings is not only expensive, but a massive issue due to the resulting carbon emissions. According to the UK Green Building Council, the built environment contributes around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint – with heating alone contributing to 10%…

Energy Efficient Communities Grants Program open to Australian growers

The Federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources is offering grants up to $20,000 for Australian small businesses under the Energy Efficient Communities…

Turkish municipality uses waste management facility to grow tomatoes

The Kayseri municipality in Turkey has set up a waste management facility in 2013, and now the methane gas emitted from processed waste is used to generate 38 million kilowatts of electricity annually. The hot water which emerges during the electricity generation is used in the heating of the…

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Three actions slashed energy costs 40% for this Canadian greenhouse grower

Greenhouse growers can proactively save a lot of money on their energy use. In these perilous economic times, they need every advantage they can get. After all, energy nearly always represents the second largest cost centre for a grower. Greenhouses can no longer afford to passively view energy as an…

Sustaining the future of indoor vertical farming with microgrids

While indoor agriculture has steadily gained traction in recent years as the world seeks alternative ways to feed growing populations, the uncertainty of today’s global pandemic has accelerated a rethinking of the way we obtain our food. In the last few months, modern supply chains experienced volatility…

Biomass boilers: what wood to burn?

For those with biomass boilers, renewable heat is a critical aspect of their business – but what you buy and use on site can carry more weight than most would think. By Sophie Archer In recent months, there have been significant developments and tightening of permitting compliance responsibilities…

Drilling deep not always necessary, Dutch geothermal project shows

You can drill deep down in the search for geothermal energy, but it doesn’t always need to be found that deep, as is shown by a pioneering project in the Dutch town of Zevenbergen concerning Low-Temperature Geothermal Energy for heating the greenhouses of eggplant grower Greenbrothers. The installation…

European Geothermal Energy Council:

"Geothermal energy market grows exponentially, but needs the right market conditions to thrive"

In Europe, the geothermal energy market has been growing fast in 2019, but the policy framework has been proven crucial in affecting its development. These findings come from the European Geothermal Market Report 2019 published today by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC). At the end of 2019,…

Gakon installs 1,088 solar panels

Gakon has placed 1088 solar panels on the roof of the factory, the office and the shipping. The construction of no less than 1088 solar panels went through two phases. During the first phase, the mounting systems were installed by partner Van der Valk Solar Systems from Monster. The solar panels were…

Subsidised heating

UK: The twists and turns of the RHI

The Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government scheme that has encouraged thousands of businesses to install biomass boilers and heat pumps since its launch in November 2011. However, the RHI as we know it is expected to close to new applications on 31 March 2022. Whilst 2022 might seem…

Sustainable microalgae production plant in Israel

Marine ingredient start-up Yemoja, Ltd., has opened the doors of its new plant dedicated to the production of high value microalgae. The facility hailed the new tight ship of microalgae cultivation located within the historic mountains of the scenic Upper Galilee region of Israel, is now fully…

"Adopting biomass heating will allow your business big savings and a healthy income"

The prospect of big savings and generating a healthy income paired, with environmental legislation and net-zero emissions targets have spawned many biomass installations within the horticultural industry. Many nurseries have proved that the RHI can provide a great additional income whilst allowing for…

"Smarter energy usage is key to a greener future"

LED lightbulbs, programmable thermostats, high-density insulation and electric vehicles — despite these innovations, about two-thirds of the energy produced in the U.S. is lost to inefficiencies, according to national studies. For scientists and economists who work on the barriers between people and a…


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