Special Energy

Turkey: Grower grows phalaenopsis with the energy recycled from waste

ITC, a company which operates in the area of waste management, is using recycled electricity from waste in phalaenopsis greenhouses. The company derives electricity from the methane gas in Mamak waste area in Ankara and the heat generated from gas motors is used in greenhouses. All the products grown by…

Applying the technology on sheds or technical rooms is currently easier

Application of transparent solar panels on the roof of greenhouses still limited

Research on the feasibility of placing transparent solar panels on the roof of greenhouses shows that the application is still limited. Inno-Agro reached this conclusion after…

Blackout risks in Australia

Costa Group: 'A disgraceful situation'

Costa Group, Australia's biggest fruit and vegetable grower, has commented on the "disgraceful" state of the nation's energy market. Fears of summer blackouts forced the…

The Challenge of Change

City governments are realising they cannot continue growth by pushing away the 'Green Belt'

People living in cities are set to become major policy makers and ultimately the drivers of sustainability changes, according to global tech company Priva. The company's CEO and co-owner Meiny Prins told the Protected Cropping Conference on the Gold Coast that every three months, a new city of nine…

CA (AL): Geothermal energy to provide new opportunity for Alberta’s energy services sector

Eavor Technologies Inc. has developed a “made in Alberta” geothermal energy solution. In a demonstration project near Rocky Mountain House, the Eavor-Lite project uses existing Alberta oil and gas drilling technology and expertise to facilitate a unique energy system known as “Eavor-Loop”. Building on…

"Solar PV without the coffin"

Conventionally to protect the working parts of a solar panel it was encased in an aluminum coffin with a glass top… the coffin was responsible for a lot of the embedded energy that goes into making a solar PV panel as well as the ultimate capital cost. The coffin also creates all the bulk on rooftops which greatly adds to…

1,634 solar panels for even greener washing

Unifortes lowers its carbon footprint through the installation of solar panels. In recent weeks, the workers from Aannemer de Heer have been working hard at a green future for Unifortes. No less than 1634 solar panels have recently been installed on the roof of the business premises that will contribute…

combining LED and conventional lighting

25-hectare greenhouse to house largest US LED project

The 25-hectare greenhouse currently being built by AppHarvest in Morehead, Kentucky, will be equipped with a hybrid LED lighting system utilizing Signify’s Philips GreenPower LED toplighting compact and Agrolux high-pressure sodium lighting. The $15 million hybrid LED lighting system will be the largest…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

"Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand"

Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, new analysis from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University has revealed. In an analysis of all suitable sites for onshore wind farms, the new study reveals that Europe has…

Residents get disappointing result at Council of State

Netherlands: Geothermal heat in Vierpolders goes on as planned

Growers in the Dutch town of Vierpolders have been using geothermal heat for a few years already and are now able to keep on using it. Critical residents of the surrounding…

Residents get disappointing result at Council of State

Netherlands: Geothermal heat in Vierpolders goes on as planned

Growers in the Dutch town of Vierpolders have been using geothermal heat for a few years already and are now able to keep on using it. Critical residents of the surrounding…

NL: 1,430 solar panels on the roof at greenhouse building Voorwinden Group

For the past couple of weeks, the people at Voorwinden Group and SolSolutions have been working hard on their part for a greener future. On the roof of the greenhouse builder's new building, 1430 solar panels have been placed. Preceding the installation, an extensive analysis was conducted to see which type…

Unlighted bell pepper cultivation reduces percentage

Greenhouse vegetable growers with grow lighting lag behind ornamental cultivation peers

A third of all Dutch greenhouse growers use grow lighting. In addition, growers are open to invest. This is evident from the results of the annual round of calls by AgriDirect…

Australia: Boosting energy efficiency for Victoria's farmers

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian farmers to invest in new equipment and technology to improve sustainability and reduce energy costs with the rollout of Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited a recipient in Serpentine, one of 36…

How to achieve good air movement in a glasshouse

Optimising production methods is one of the aims of many greenhouse growers. Determining what makes an optimal climate for crop quality and production, however, can be…

France: Greenhouses fitted with photovoltaic films

Using the sun to its foremost, that's what three French horticultural partners are trying to do. That's why they've installed ASCA photovoltaic films at a commercial greenhouse nearby France. Partners in the project are horticultural Eiffage Energie Systèmes, the French growers with Les Maraichers…

UK: Points to watch for the Renewable Heat Incentive

Many farm businesses run into difficulty when it comes to an RHI audit due to failure to notify system changes or omissions or inaccuracies in record keeping. One issue seen in recent months relates to planning permission for biomass boilers. It’s always been a requirement of the RHI to have proof of…

Saving big with renewable energy: solar powering your high tunnel

Implementing sustainable alternatives for daily practices has become a high priority for many farmers and growers. Luckily for those seeking to lessen their negative environmental impact, eco-friendly solutions are becoming more widely available across a variety of industries, including horticulture.…

August: Special Energy

This month, we will pay more attention to Energy. This subject will also be highlighted in HortiDaily and our Dutch newsletters, Bloemen- en plantennieuws and Groentennieuws. Articles related to the use of energy in the greenhouse industry will be published in a Special box, named Special Energy. Energy Energy is one of the…


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