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With new solar modules, greenhouses run on their own energy

Plants use light waves from only a portion of the spectrum for photosynthesis—the remainder can be recovered and used to generate solar power. That's the idea behind the solar modules developed by EPFL startup Voltiris. Following encouraging preliminary results, a new pilot installation was recently…

UK growers brace themselves as emergency gas shortage looms

At the beginning of this year, the increasing energy and fertilizer prices forced some UK growers to make the ultimate decision: not planting. It goes without saying how that affected the bottom line of said growers, but on top of that, hiccups along the supply chain were inevitable. With winter coming…

Crisis update: Dutch gas prices well over 300 €/MWh limit, electricity more than 650 €/MWh

On Thursday, August 25, the TTF gas prices shot through the 300 €/MWh mark. This is another extraordinary price record on this important, heavily overheated European gas trading exchange. In this crisis update, we list last week's energy developments, and specialists consider the whole (another bizarre)…

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How does the current gas price affect poinsettia cultivation?

Many growers put poinsettias in the greenhouses around the summer months, as it is a fast-growing and relatively easy to grow plant. But of course, this requires heating, so the question remains whether this is still profitable with today's high energy prices. At Dutch grower, Kwekerij van Os in…

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Carbon dioxide: Making a clean and consistent way to generate CO2 onsite a reality

"What we know and found is that today, a lot of vertical farms are using unsustainable cylinders and tanks for their carbon needs, often produced as a byproduct from fossil fuel production," says Estee Chaikin, CMO at SkyTree. "In addition, transport costs and the costs per kg of CO2 continue to…

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Using transparent solar power for cultivating crops

Recent scholarly research highlights the economic and environmental costs associated with greenhouse crop cultivation. However, because greenhouses are crucial for increasing product yield in tightly controlled climates, it’s not a cultivation technique farmers can live without. To shed light on the…

Rabobank: Larger greenhouse growers cope with energy pains more easily than ornamental growers

The current high prices of energy and raw materials have prompted greenhouse horticulturalists to draw up various (cultivation) scenarios for the coming winter. The…

Fewer chrysanthemums in 2023, grower expects -35%

Arcadia Chrysanten in De Lier, one of the largest growers of ornamental flowers in the Netherlands, will have five of its twenty-seven hectares empty this winter. The…

Flower farm receives federal funding for geothermal conversion

Moonshot Farm, based in East Windsor, New Jersey, has been awarded a USD 24,193 grant to convert one greenhouse to geothermal heating. This means that the farm can continue supplying cut flowers during the winter farms while saving the equivalent of around 2000 gallons of propane usage per year. The…

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Svensson's Canadian energy saving rebate guide is now available

In an effort to support all growers in working towards a more sustainable horticulture industry, Svensson has released an annual report capturing key energy savings rebates. These rebates are available to greenhouse growers in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec, and…

Farm in East Windsor gets federal funding for geothermal greenhouse

A local family-owned cut flower farm from East Windsor recently received a federal grant to convert a greenhouse to geothermal heat for cut flower production. East Windsor-based Moonshot Farm received $24,193 in grant funding from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The grant will enable the…

New AntiReflect formula and energy saving with ReduSystems

ReduSystems announces that they have improved their product AntiReflect. Since its introduction, the R&D department has worked hard to further improve the formula of AntiReflect. Improvements involve better wear resistance and a lower cost price. Both developments will be directly noticeable for growers.…

Brazil orchid grower uses biomass to heat the greenhouse

Sítio Kolibri is a company that grows Phalaenopsis orchids in Brazil, in Holambra city, in the state of São Paulo. The company is focused on growing the best Phalaenopsis but is always looking to do that combined with sustainability. For that reason, Sítio Kolibri has been using a biomass heating system for…

Energy efficiency: are you on track for reaching Net Zero?

With input prices soaring, getting a handle on your energy use and carbon emissions is critical. A robust energy audit gives you practical steps and solutions in the short, mid, and long term to save your business money and get on the right path to net zero. Thanks to NFU Energy's position within the…

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Significant New Clean Energy and Climate Act becomes law in Massachusetts

On August 11, 2022, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act driving climate policy forward. After months of heavy legislative activity involving a wide range of stakeholders in the clean energy and technology industries, the Massachusetts legislature combined what was a bill that we…

"We can assist clients in estimating potential energy savings"

Cultivation Warehouse is now a Recurve FLEXmarket aggregator. Recurve, is a leading provider of energy monitoring software that allows clients to more accurately measure, monitor and verify energy usage.  The Recurve platform allows a building to become a "virtual power plant" with the ability to measure demand…

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"How much should Hawaii discount electric rates for high-tech farmers?"

A law mandating discounts for electricity was intended to help a niche and energy-dependent sector in the agricultural industry pay its bills. But the rates Hawaiian Electric came up with to meet the new legal requirement are so minor that some farmers say they won’t bother even applying if the state…

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UK: "Less than four weeks to ensure that your electricity generation is compliant"

If you operate electricity generation on your farm or estate, then you must ensure that it is compliant with new Distribution Code regulations that come into effect on 1…

Increasing the horticulturalist's role in energy market with energy storage systems

Hortipower.nl is a new initiative by KG Greenhouses and offers a number of innovative battery systems. Horticulture already plays an important role in the energy market, and with the option of installing battery systems, this role can be further expanded. Marco van Trigt is now conducting initial discussions…

Special Energy this month

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


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