Maurice Hartman, Technokas:

Growing demand for Next Generation Growing installations

With the increase in the number of projects and the hiring of several new employees, 2018 was a good year for Technokas. A highlight in 2018 was the completion of the Daylight Greenhouse at Ter Laak Orchids. In addition, more and more growers are using Next Generation Growing installations that were developed by Technokas.

Lenses in the greenhouse cover focus the sunlight

Now that greenhouse horticulture is very much looking for solutions that make crops more sustainable, the demand for innovations is growing. There is an increasing demand for installations for Next Generation Growing. Technokas also increasingly takes care of the integration of geothermal heat or heat pumps within a climate system. In addition, the company not only designs and installs these energy-saving climate systems, but also helps the clients with subsidy applications.

Air treatment unit in the façade for Next Generation Growing

Discussion partner
"Entrepreneurs in horticulture realize that they have to act to make their cultivation more sustainable. As soon as they start thinking about it, we are a good discussion partner," says Maurice Hartman, director at Technokas. "We not only build economical and highly productive greenhouses, we also design and engineer them. Growers with a culture that's more complex - in terms of climate or production - will receive tailor-made advice and design. You can also see this with the clients and projects that we have carried out recently and that we are currently working on."

Energy neutral
The very energy-efficient Daylight Greenhouse at Ter Laak Orchids is a flagship, but certainly not the only highlight from 2018. "The fact that we can now build a greenhouse with the Daylight Greenhouse that's practically energy neutral is of course a breakthrough. But this greenhouse is not suitable for every grower and every type of crop. The desired cultivation method is the starting point for each project. We design the most efficient and most profitable greenhouses," says Hartman. "At a modern company you can't get away from installations that make energy use more sustainable. Next Generation Growing is important for better growing conditions, but also for working with things like low temperature heating. It's also possible to work with air treatment units, a heat and cold storage and a heat pump to harvest energy from the different greenhouse sections."

The Daylight Greenhouse is the first energy neutral greenhouse in the Netherlands

Next Generation Growing is on the rise
In 2018, Technokas provided the installations for Next Generation Growing at Van der Drift Roses, OK Plant, Ter Laak Orchids and SV.CO. This year there are several growers that are turning to NGG or are preparing their greenhouse for it, such as Arcadia Chrysanten, Kwekerij Kok and Van der Lugt Lisianthus. "We see that many of our clients have a great need for customization. A good example is Schoneveld Breeding in Twello, for whom we built and furnished a greenhouse with many greenhouse sections. The heating in this modern breeding greenhouse consists of a hoisted heating system with a low temperature hose heating system."

Air treatment units at Van der Drift Roses

"This trend of more customization and sustainability will continue to increase in the coming years. We are anticipating this by hiring a variety of new employees for the engineering and realization teams, along with investing in software to further develop our design capabilities," Hartman concludes.

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