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Australian growers to benefit from water and energy efficiency funding

Australia’s flower growers are set to benefit from improved productivity and responsible management of water resources thanks to a further $2 million investment to bring new technology and performance measures to properties across the state of Queensland.Announcing that eight rural industry groups will be.....

Dutch 2SaveEnergy trials minimize use of natural gas

From the start until now the two aluminium and the Luxous screen have been closed (partially) every night in the 2SaveEnergy trial greenhouse in Holland. Including during warm weather. This greatly limits the amount of light entering the greenhouse and saves energy during cold weather. In the.....

UK: NFU buys FEC Energy

The NFU has announced that it has bought agriculture energy consultancy FEC Energy. Currently FEC Energy provides help to farmers to buy and sell energy, generate heat and electricity, use energy more efficiently and reduce the compliance burden of energy regulation. NFU Director General Terry Jones and FEC.....

US (CT): Solar SmartFlower blooms at lavender farm

Lavender Pond Farm, New England's largest lavender farm has announced the installation of a solar SmartFlower, the first all-in-one, plug and play photovoltaic solar system.Time lapse of Lavender Pond Farm's solar SmartFlower.Inspired by sunflowers and other phototropic plants that follow the sun across the.....

"An innovative roof cannot do without an innovative floor”

In a few weeks ErfGoed will start work at Ter Laak Orchids. ErfGoed supplying a new floor isn't big news in itself, but it is when one of the most innovative greenhouses in the Netherlands is concerned: the Daylight Greenhouse, a concept built by Technokas.Socially responsibleA few years ago, the first 4,000.....

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Understanding energy storage for UK growers

There is a huge amount of interest in energy storage within UK agriculture and horticulture and how this may be of benefit to them financially, as well as in terms of their energy supply. Energy storage encompasses techniques such as hot water accumulator stores attached to traditional gas boilers or.....

New video shows aerial view of Panda solar farm in China

Panda Green Energy Group, formerly known as “United Photovoltaics Group” has finished their first Panda Power Plant in Datong Shanxi which has officially been connected to the grid. The Datong Panda Power Plant has an aggregate install capacity of 100MW and can be seen in the video below.

South Holland sounds the gong for energy innovations

Han Weber, regional minister for Energy in the Province of South Holland (Netherlands), opened the Amsterdam exchange and sounded the gong for entrepreneurs seeking investment capital for the marketing of their energy innovations. On September 1st, a new investment fund will be launched, specifically for.....

September 20, Warwickshire

Understanding energy storage for UK growers

There is a huge amount of interest in energy storage within UK agriculture and horticulture and how this may be of benefit to them financially, as well as in terms of their energy supply. Energy storage encompasses techniques such as hot water accumulator stores attached to traditional gas boilers or.....

World's largest solar thermal power plant approved for Australia

SolarReserve has signed a long-term Generation Project Agreement (GPA) to build a 150 megawatt solar thermal power station with 8 hours of energy storage near the town of Port Augusta, South Australia. The GPA with the State Government of South Australia was signed at a ceremony with Jay Weatherill, Premier.....

Research on Chinese solar greenhouse at University of Manitoba

Not only the Dutch Wageningen University has a Chinese solar greenhouse on campus. Also Professor Zhang of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba has one. The professor offered editor Mary Lowther of the Lake Cowichigan Gazette to tour the life-sized experimental greenhouse upon which he is.....

UK: Are you missing out on CCL relief?

Javier, one of the GrowSave engineers, recently visited a greenhouse facility to help them with their compliance for the NFU Climate Change Levy (CCL) scheme. The Climate Change Levy is a tax charged on gas, electricity, LPG, coal and coke used by businesses in the UK. There is a tax relief available for.....

CAN (AB): On-Farm Solar PV program has reopened

The On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics, or Solar PV, program has reopened and is once again accepting applications.The program provides funding towards solar photovoltaics on Alberta farms. This enables producers to conserve non-renewable fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, ultimately reducing the.....

Dehumidification units transform any operation into a semi-closed system

Closed and more recently, semi-closed greenhouse growing are much discussed new ways of cultivating as efficient as possible. While, depending on the location and application the system has a lot of major advantages over traditional greenhouse growing in terms of energy saving and crop enhancement, the high.....