Energy

UK: Are your RHI records audit worthy?

Over the past few years, Ofgem has been stepping up the number of audits on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) systems. In fact, all systems on the RHI scheme are expected to be audited at least twice over their 20 years on the scheme. The auditor usually starts by looking at the paperwork and record…

CAN (ON): Ag Energy Co-operative partners with Hensall Co-operative

Ag Energy Co-operative are partnering with Hensall Co-operative to offer natural gas and electricity to their members. Hensall Co-operative is the 8th largest non-financial…

Canada: Federal carbon charge increasing April 1

Effective April 1, 2020, the federal carbon charge for natural gas in Canada will increase from 3.91 ¢/m³ to 5.87 ¢/m³. The federal carbon charge rates are established in the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Act and are set to increase every year until 2022. You can see the projected increases in the…

Demonstration trial reduced CO2 dosing

CO2 supply in a greenhouse promotes crop growth. In the future the supply of CO2 has to be reduced considerably because the availability of CO2 from industry will be reduced due to CO2 emission goals, the use of natural gas for heating is reduced, and the greenhouse horticultural sector has the goal to…

Comparison of greenhouse energy requirements for rose cultivation in Europe and North Africa

The ornamental plant production in greenhouses is widespread. A quantitative assessment of greenhouse energy consumption and its variability in space and time is strategic to improve the sustainability of the cultivation. The specific environmental features of the cultivation areas can strongly affect…

“Warm winter makes regular boiler maintenance possible”

Wintertime is usually a period of running around from one malfunction to another for boiler mechanics. This year is no exception, although the 'summer-like winter' does decrease the amount of malfunctions and makes more room for regular maintenance, says Erwin van der Mark of boiler maintenance firm Van…

Input external CO2 in greenhouses yields at least 91% CO2 emission reduction

Does the input of external CO2 help reduce greenhouse horticulture CO2 emission in 2030? It does. That is the answer researchers from Wageningen University & Research gave in…

Canadian energy companies introduce measures to help customers

Niagara Peninsula Energy is working with association partners and  MPPs to support customers during the difficult time caused by the COVID-19 Virus. They have extended their Winter Relief Program, so no customers experiencing any hardship have to worry about potential disconnection during this time. Therefore,…

Semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar panels for energy-autonomous greenhouses

Over 60% highly transparent quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with dimension of 50x50 cm 2 were fabricated via inkjet printing process using nanocomposite inks as raw materials and tested under outdoor illumination conditions. The cells were electrically characterized, and their…

Colombia: Great potential for geothermal energy

Colombia is a country with great potential for the exploitation of geothermal energy due to its high volcanic activity caused by the subduction between the Nazca and South…

Ecoligo’s CEO Martin Baart talks solar in Kenya

Last week, ecoligo’s CEO and co-founder Martin Baart joined German President Frank Walter Steinmeier’s visit to Kenya as part of an economic delegation. The company's participation sparked the interest of media across the country.  Watch Martin’s interview on TV47 where he discusses the Kenyan solar market,…

CAN (ON): Niagara greenhouse grows flowers and renewable energy

The Golden Horseshoe is home to the majority of the province’s floriculture greenhouses, and like any robust sector, this brings with it great opportunity for growth and innovation. Bayview Flowers is among these inventive greenhouse operations in the Golden Horseshoe, growing potted plants and cut…

"Maintain your electrical systems to reduce your risk of fires"

An electrical system maintenance strategy can be an effective, low-cost way to reduce your risk of an electrical fire. It can also help you discover the signs of a potential…

Kenya: Drilling to resume at Akiira Geothermal

Centum-owned Geothermal Akiira has signed a geo-scientific contract with KenGen on exploration for geothermal resources near Olkaria. Akiira will tap KenGen’s expertise to conduct geoscientific surveys to gather relevant data in planning for viable exploration of geothermal resources in Naivasha. Centum…

New low-temperature condensing boiler helps saving on energy costs

Kaleo is an Icelandic rock band and a small town in Ghana - both might not interest you too much. Yet Kaléo is also the name of the new condensing boiler launched by Richel. This highly efficient boiler makes it possible to save on energy costs. Condensing boilersCondensing boilers have gotten more and more…

8 advantages of implementing a biomass heating system into your business

With an abundance of environmental legislation and net-zero carbon emissions targets, biomass heating systems are becoming increasingly popular in the horticultural industry. With many nurseries seeing a great additional income from RHI payments and a substantially lower fuel supply cost, it is no wonder…

Ecoligo begins operations in Vietnam

ecoligo has opened an office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, marking the beginning of operations in the country. ecoligo Vietnam will be headed by Country Manager Thuong Duong, an experienced manager with a passion for sustainability. To introduce Thuong and the Vietnamese market, the company asked him a…

Next generation of greenhouses may be fully solar powered

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy – primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don’t use for photosynthesis. Those are the findings of a new modeling study conducted by engineering, plant biology and physics researchers at North…

Greenhouse horticulture in the circular economy

Greenhouse horticulture is a major player in the efficient and safe production of food and flowers. The system is highly water efficient, but the energy costs are high and the systems are not fully circular. The project analyses nutrient flows and identifies the critical building blocks of circularity.…

The optimum light level for every plant all year round

At the start of this year Ludvig Svensson launched a new innovative screening solution with enhanced benefits for crops. The team of the World Horti Center wanted to find out more about that. A good opportunity to have a chat with Svensson, suppliers of innovative climate and screening solutions. They…


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