Energy

Federal energy efficiency program continues:

Focus on the use of regenerative energies

Agricultural and horticultural businesses can again receive funding from the Federal Energy Efficiency Program. The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is…

Rolls-Royce expands Power Systems business unit

Rolls-Royce has announced a $13.9m investment in its Power Systems business unit for the addition of a new research and development building and multi-phase expansion of its MTU power generation manufacturing facility in Mankato, Minnesota, USA. The project is a result of growth in the market – 2019 was…

webinar, October 22

CEA Database and Benchmark tool

Technologies used in CEA facilities have been rapidly evolving, providing growers with energy efficient solutions to reduce energy consumption and maximize production profitability. However, the lack…

Vincent Stauffer, director of Hortinergy:

“We’ve made everything international in the new version”

In October, Hortinergy will launch the newest version of their software for the American market. Vincent Stauffer, director of the company explains what has changed since the previous version. The Hortinergy software is used to simulate and design traditional, closed and semi-closed greenhouse projects,…

Chemistry experiments show potential to power fuel cells

Spinach: Good for Popeye and the Planet

“Eat your spinach,” is a common refrain from many people’s childhoods. Spinach, the hearty, green vegetable chock full of nutrients, doesn’t just provide energy in humans. It…

NFU Energy

The right wood?

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

Yara and Ørsted will collaborate in Zeeland, the Netherlands

"Green ammonia can be essential to enable sustainable food production"

Ørsted, offshore wind developer, and Yara, fertilizer company, have joined forces in developing a pioneering project aiming at replacing fossil hydrogen with renewable…

Save energy in the fall

Changing seasons means it's time to reassess your lighting and watering goals for the Fall. As you know, greenhouse energy costs account for a significant share of a grow operation costs. Using…

360 Energy

"Grow your margins as well as your plants"

Today, we know that so much can be done to optimize a greenhouse’s energy consumption and purchasing practices leading to improved margins. Even with this understanding, there are still some greenhouse operators who believe that controlling Energy: Makes no difference to their bottom line. Or, they are doing…

Geothermal energy for greenhouse application

Mariska Dreschler with GreenTech did an interview with Marit Brommer, passionate about geothermal energy and the Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association. In the interview, they talked about:  Why is geothermal energy a logical source for greenhouses The sustainability factors of sustainable energies…

Innowo

Webinar on sustainable use of energy in Polish greenhouses

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland organizes an online seminar on circular energy solutions dedicated to greenhouse production. The webinar is a part of Circular Week in Poland. Image: Innowo Plants need energy to create green mass, which then feeds the next member of the food chain.…

How do I overcome supply limitations in my local electricity grid?

Since the indoor agriculture sector is one of the fastest growing sources of load in Ontario, a critical issue for growers currently, is their ability to access affordable grid electricity and natural gas pipeline for their current Greenhouse operations and their facility expansion plans. Major decisions…

Alfen expands microgrid for lighting system Red Harvest

Red Harvest, one of the larger tomato growers in the Netherlands, is installing a grow lighting system in the last of its four greenhouses at their location in Middenmeer in the Netherlands. To this end, Alfen is expanding the existing microgrid to provide the necessary power supply to the lighting…

Windset Farms

B.C. partners with industry on energy efficiency at Delta greenhouse

Changes to a Delta greenhouse will help grow vegetables using about half the amount of natural gas to heat the facility, lowering its carbon footprint, increasing its energy efficiency and supporting a clean economy. “By working together with B.C. growers, we’re investing in more sustainable ways to…

UK: Ground & air source heat pumps - Navigating the RHI

Many nurseries have proved that the RHI can provide a great additional income whilst allowing for substantially lower fuel supply costs. Growers are now regularly comparing Ground & Air Source systems to the commonly used Biomass since the government have guaranteed the incentive until March 2022.…

A further 20% reduction in RHI Tariff

Ofgem has continued to cut the RHI tariff rate for large water/ground source heat pumps (100 kWth and above). The latest digression will come into force on the 01 October and will see the tariff reduced by a further 20%. Over the last three quarters of the year, there have been reductions in this tariff,…

SPRHOUT generates solar thermal power for greenhouse farm

The team with Solho (Solar Horticulture) recently went and visited the SPRHOUT (Solar Powered Off-grid Horticultural UniT) in France. Read more about this installation in this article.  The novel control unit and software for safe and autonomous operation was installed successfully, and is now generating solar…

Growcom

Energy class action in Queensland

Piper Alderman is representing all business and residential electricity consumers in Queensland in a class action brought against electricity generators, Stanwell Corporation Limited and CS Energy Limited. The QLD Energy Class Action is a legal claim that alleges Stanwell and CS Energy gamed the…

UK: Extension of non-domestic RHI can help businesses make vital energy savings

The announcement by the Government that the deadline for eligible applications to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (NDRHI) is to be extended by six months is much…

Arlette Sijmonsma

Energy simulation model for control of multi-span greenhouse microclimate

In a recent study, a building energy simulation model of a multi-span greenhouse using a transient system simulation program to simulate greenhouse micro environments was proposed. The proposed model allows daily and seasonal control of screens, roof vents, and heating setpoints according to crop needs.…

NFU Energy

UK: Changes to non-domestic RHI support and COVID-19 response

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced further COVID-19 related extensions to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This is to cover non-Tariff Guarantee (TG) participants who have already committed funds to the project (prior to the 17 August 2020). This…

NFU Energy

NFU Energy:

"Generators with a G59 relay must act now"

Any generators installed in the UK before February 2018 with a G59 relay needs to be updated to the new G59 relay rules by September 2022. Those who act quickly may be able to have costs reimbursed through the Accelerated Loss-of-Mains Change Programme (ALoMCP). The power generation industry has changed…

Wageningen University & Research

webinar on September 2nd

Automated solutions to optimize the energy balance of your crop

In June team AuTomatoes won the second edition of Wageningen University’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge. There was no discussion about the team’s win, they scored highest on all three grading criteria, making them the absolute winner. In their strategy the team applied the principles of Plant…

NFU Energy

UK: Update on all things RHI

"We hope you are doing well in these unprecedented times and we wanted to take this opportunity to share a few things going on in the world of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)," writes the team with NFU Energy.  Ofgem update industry on RHI tariff guaranteeFollowing the announcement from BEIS regarding the RHI extension for tariff…

AHDB

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 [1]. Among the signatories are several supermarkets that have committed to reduce emissions not only in their shops, but also through their…

Metaflex

Whitepaper on energy saving measures

Metaflex wrote a white paper on energy loss via refrigeration doors and energy-saving measures. In the food industry, refrigeration and freezer doors are of paramount importance for maintaining product quality. A large amount of energy is required to keep the temperature in your refrigeration or freezer…

"getting to zero waste by 2040"

New Zealand’s first food waste-to-bioenergy facility gets underway

New Zealand’s first large-scale food waste-to-bioenergy facility gets underway at Reporoa, in the central North Island. Following the blessing of the land by Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa, construction will begin on the new anaerobic digestion facility which is owned by Ecogas – a joint venture between Pioneer…


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