Energy

Can we meet the energy demands of automation?

As more and more technology is introduced to the horticultural world, energy demand is also very likely to rocket up. Of course, automatic solutions are already being used across many processes in horticulture, alongside their human operators – salad packing lines and ornamental pot spacing for example.…

Drilling starts for Ecuador’s first geothermal energy plant

Ecuador’s first geothermal energy plant has started its first phase of construction, with drilling started on the Imbabura site. The project is financed by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The investment for the construction of the geothermal plant was of USD…

CAN (ON): Growing energy demand from greenhouses being addressed

The provincial agency that operates Ontario’s power grid is working on initiatives to help address electricity usage and pricing for the local greenhouse industry. The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) said it is seeing significant growth in the vegetable and cannabis sectors in Essex and…

Kenya: Cabinet secretary hails first geothermal well in Baringo-Silali

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Hon. Charles Keter has lauded GDC’s efforts of developing geothermal in the Baringo-Silali block. While on a technical inspection tour of the project, the CS singled out the success in the drilling of Paka Well One (PW-01) as a major “milestone” for the country.…

Wim-Jan Paauw, Paauw Lilies:

“We filled our roof with as many solar panels as possible thanks to SDE+”

On the Trappenberglaan in the Dutch town of Rijnsburg, they might know it already. Enthusiastic people with drones could have already seen it. In Poeldijk at SolarNRG, they know about it already. But Paauw Lilies has not been spreading the word about their investment in 1100 solar panels on the roof of their…

Kenya: GDC strikes steam in Baringo-Silali

The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has struck steam at the Baringo-Silali Geothermal Project. This marks a major milestone in opening up a new frontier of renewable energy for Kenya. The new well at Paka Field, about 260 KM northwest of the capital Nairobi, is the first to be drilled in the…

Kenya: Steam field exploration in Baringo County shapes up

The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) has struck steam at the Baringo-Silali Geothermal Project. The new well at Paka Field, about 260 km northwest of the capital Nairobi, is the first to be drilled in the geothermal rich region. It will put Kenya on the map as one of the most robust geothermal…

3 million Euros raised on ecoligo.investments crowdinvesting platform

Another milestone has been reached on the ecoligo.investments crowdinvesting platform: 3 million Euros has been raised for 30 solar and energy efficiency projects. A total of 933 impact-driven crowdinvestors have raised the amount, which will save around 39,000 tonnes of CO2 over the project lifetimes.…

Tips to get your heating system ready for the cold weather ahead

When fall and winter come, your heating system becomes an important part of your business. It keeps your employees, customers, plants, and stock warm during the cold months.…

Working towards a fossil fuel-free future

Growers should start preparing their greenhouses now for a fossil fuel-free future, researchers from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) advise. by Rachel Anderson for GreenTech Which fossil fuel-free options are most interesting for growers?Their advice was published this year (2019) in a study,…

Tips for saving energy in winter

Any time is a good time to take stock of your energy costs but as we look ahead to colder weather and less daylight, now is an especially good time to assess things and ensure efficient energy use this winter. Jon Swain, Head of Sales at NFU Energy says: “Your energy-saving opportunities will depend on your type of farm,…

40 years of climate screens: from dark to diffuse

"When it turned out that screens also saved energy, demand grew enormously"

Exactly 40 years ago Ludvig Svensson delivered his first climate screen to a Swedish grower who - looking for a sun protection screen - approached the neighboring textile manufacturer. Although Svensson in Sweden still produces curtains and upholstery fabrics, that production has been overshadowed by the…

‘Financial close’ achieved

Netherlands: Trias Westland starts with second geothermal heat source

The realization of the second geothermal heat doublet Trias Westland has been completed. With securing the financing for this doublet and the expansion of the heat network, the first contracts with the drilling company, contractors and suppliers have been signed. The greenhouse horticulture companies…

"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…

Léon Lankester, AAB:

"Geothermal energy will become commonplace sooner than we think"

Although geothermal energy, biomass power plants and other alternative energy sources have received a lot of attention since the recently concluded Climate Agreement, it has been the focus of attention within the horticultural sector for much longer. "Actually, for years growers have kept innovating for…

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…

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…

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…

Press Award Plantarium 2019

One of the prizes presented annually at Plantarium is the Press Award. It is awarded by a jury of international trade journalists. The award receives international media attention, which means that participants have a great opportunity to distinguish themselves at Plantarium. All the participants from the Netherlands and abroad…

New Zealand and Africa to collaborate in geothermal development

A key geothermal facility from New Zealand is exploring ways of collaborating with GDC to boost technical capacity in the geothermal development, steam field development and resource management. The New Zealand Africa Geothermal Facility (NZ-AGF), is also in talks with GDC in providing a financial grant…


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