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Italy: Lucchini and DryGair ink agreement
The introduction between the companies which led to this cooperation was initiated by Mrs. Cappellini who is DryGair's coordinator in Italy.
During Expo Milano 2015 the companies presented DryGair's solution and collaborated in the conference – An "Open House" took place in Idromeccanica Lucchini S.p.A. and Ferrari site at Guidizzolo (MN) Italy.
Idromeccanica Lucchini has almost 70 years of history and experience in international markets in the field of plastic greenhouses production. Their focus is on horticulture and floriculture while also offering and supplying innovative irrigation and heating systems, managed through software.
DryGair Energies Ltd is an Israeli company which manufactures greenhouse dehumidification systems. DryGair Energies developed together with the Agricultural Research Organization the dehumidifiers' concept, which reduces humidity and contributes to better yield (quantity and quality) using less energy and less pesticides.
Mr. Massimo Lucchini – CEO of Idromeccanica Lucchini S.p.A, Mrs. Alona Ron-Snir – BDM of DryGair Energies Ltd. and Mrs. Tina Cappellini – DryGair's coordinator in Italy
Growing in a greenhouse presents the grower with the complicated challenge of growing under a cover while trying to control the climate inside, especially reducing humidity.
Humidity inside the greenhouse is caused by the transpiration process of the plants. Standing water on crops would cause humidity diseases such as downy mildew, botrytis, Alternaria, Erwinia, Phytophora or Clavibacter etc.
By reducing the humidity inside greenhouses the growers prevent diseases, and decrease the use of pesticides.
The classic solution for reducing humidity is air ventilation. However, opening the ventilation windows allows cold external air to enter the greenhouse, lowering the temperature inside which then requires the grower to reheat the greenhouse to its original level.
DryGair's solution is a patent protected concept which reduces humidity inside the greenhouses in an energetic efficient manner. By using DryGair the grower can close the greenhouse and treat the air inside. It is a unique air circulation concept that creates homogenous conditions and maintains a controlled environment during cold/humid hours, while ventilation cannot reduce the humidity inside the greenhouse or can lead to waste of energy.
DryGair units have a high efficiency rate, and for every 1 Kwh invested in the operation, more than 4 liters of water are removed from the air. One unit covers an area of 500-4,000 m2 (depending on cultivar, cultivation stage, time of year, cultivation method and the height of the crops).
This collaboration between the Italian company Idromeccanica Lucchini S.p.A and the Israeli company DryGair Energies Ltd will open the Italian market to this new concept.
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