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"KenGen’s geothermal deals in Ethiopia good for Kenya"

KenGen, an acknowledged pioneer in geothermal generation in Africa, was awarded two geothermal drilling projects in Ethiopia after competitively winning international tenders,…

"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…

Kenya: 110 kWp solar system inaugurated for flower breeder United Selections

United Selections, a flower breeder in Kenya’s Nakuru county, inaugurated a 110 kWp solar system at their open days event. The event’s theme was “breeding a colourful future sustainably”, a topic that is high on United Selections’ agenda and encouraged their move to solar energy. The project was…

Kenya: 35 MW Sosian Menengai geothermal power project gets green light

Sosian Energy has been granted approval to drill geothermal power in Menengai, Nakuru (Kenya). The firm got the green light through a notice last Friday by the National Environment Management Authority (Nema). The environmental watchdog further invited the public to share their views on the project…

US Secretary of Agriculture opens all-electric Dutch Demo Greenhouse 2030

The Dutch horticultural sector aims to be climate-neutral in 2040. Thus, Wageningen researchers have built a low-emission demo-greenhouse for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit and flowers in an effort to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions as well as the use of crop protection agents and artificial…

Vestas and DSV Panalpina form strategic partnership on project transport and general freight

Vestas and DSV Panalpina have formed a strategic partnership on transport and logistics. With the partnership, DSV Panalpina will execute and manage Vestas’ general freight and special project transportation, inbound as well as outbound. “We are very excited to partner with DSV Panalpina to meet the…

Big step in CO2 reduction at Royal FloraHolland due to green electricity and solar panels

One of the sustainable ambitions at Royal FloraHolland is achieving CO2-neutral energy consumption by 2025. Sustainability contributes to a future-proof marketplace and organisation. In order to achieve this, they have already taken important steps in early 2020 with the switch to 100% green electricity…

Waste management facility in Turkey uses waste heat to grow flowers in greenhouses

The waste management and recycling facility run by the municipality of Eskisehir is also using the waste heat in growing colorful flowers in its greenhouses. The facility and greenhouses are often visited by students who are receiving their education in the area of sustainable management. The city’s…

The impact of GrowSave

GrowSave, a collaboration between AHDB and NFU Energy, has been around for thirteen years. We look back at the impact we’ve had on the horticulture industry over the last five. by Jon Swain Born originally out of a desire to help horticultural businesses save energy and reduce their environmental impact, GrowSave has become a…

Solar panels could take greenhouses off the grid

A solar panel on a greenhouse roof may seem illogical at first, but a trial at Freeman Herbs is proving that with some clever manipulation greenhouses can produce electricity from sunlight without affecting the plants growing underneath. The Lincoln greenhouse known for its potted herbs that consumers…

Rolls-Royce takes majority holding in power storage specialist Qinous

Rolls-Royce will hold a 73.1% majority stake in Berlin-based electricity storage specialist Qinous GmbH from 15 January 2020. The Group is acquiring the shareholdings of all other current financial investors, including that of investment holdings company IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (Berlin). The…

by Trend Translator Sandra Könings

Top 10 Floral Trends for 2020

What are the Floral Trends for 2020? Marginpar Group, a company with flower farms in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, asked themselves this question and Trend Translator Sandra Könings made them a top 10. "Anything is possible in 2020. You can do whatever you want! Flowers are a statement, beyond any trend. The red or…

"Flower industry has heroes"

Colombia: Ayura SAS goes solar

Increasing production and reducing costs. Over the years, many techniques have been developed for this purpose which can boost fresh-cut flower businesses. Colombian carnation and rose farm Ayura SAS however, recognized energy efficiency and suitability as a way of prosperity and found a way to implement renewable energy…

Kenya: Cheaper electricity from geothermal power helps economic development of Naivasha

According to economic expert Washington Ochieng', the availability of key resources like cheap geothermal power, vast land and accessibility to Nairobi have contributed to the influx of investors in Naivasha. “Currently the biggest challenge facing manufacturers is the high electricity charges and if…

Two new members join the GRC Board of Directors

Geothermal Resources Council announces new Board of Directors

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the general membership to 2-year terms. To provide continuity, an election is held every…

CAN (QC): Launch of Québec’s first agricultural cooperative to be dedicated to producing renewable energy

The creation of Coop Agri-Énergie Warwick marks a major step toward increasing the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) in Québec. This agricultural cooperative will be…

Generating electricity from “waste” light can lower greenhouse production costs

Electricity is a major expense for Canadian greenhouse growers. At the same time, their large facilities offer potential to produce renewable solar energy – but the challenge to date has been how to do that without impacting the growth and productivity of the crop inside. A potential solution from…

UK: Is your RHI system compliant?

If your Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) accredited system is several years old, has been modified since installation or, if you are uncertain whether it would pass an Ofgem audit, then NFU Energy's RHI HealthCheck service could be of interest to you. NFU Energy's RHI HealthCheck replicates the one carried…

Kenyan rose grower inaugurates solar power plant

Thika-based flower farm Simbi Roses on Saturday installed a 150-kilowatt peak (kWp) solar system in Thika as part of a wider plan to reduce its electricity costs. Simbi’s solar system consists of 454 solar panels and five inverters that it said would help the agricultural farm reduce carbon dioxide…

"Electricity generation owners must act now"

Owners of equipment capable of exporting electricity to the grid in the United Kingdom are required to ensure that their grid protection equipment is compliant with current regulations. In the past, that’s meant the G59 standard which has recently been superseded by G99. The Accelerated Loss of Mains…

4 Tips for dealing with greenhouse heating issues

Year-round commercial greenhouse operations require reliable structures and heating systems that will ensure optimal growing conditions through the winter season. To accommodate the amount of energy that’s required to operate a greenhouse in the cold season, it’s important that your heating system is…

50,000 EUR awarded by the European Invention Council

EU funding for Bloomy Pro to revolutionize flower industry towards a flourishing, data-driven industry

The European Innovation Council (EIC) awarded Bloomy Pro with 50,000 EUR to revolutionize the flower industry towards a flourishing, data-driven industry. Out of 3299 proposals reviewed this year Bloomy Pro was one of the companies that got granted SME phase 1. Eric Egberts, BloomyPro Sales Director,…

Renewable solar energy system could generate and store energy for Ontario greenhouses

Researchers at the University of Windsor are looking to the sun to help solve a challenge for Ontario greenhouse growers – how to expand the sector sustainably while reducing its environmental footprint. Prof. Rupp Carriveau is heading a project that is looking at the feasibility of a novel solar…

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CAN (ON): "Serving fast-growing greenhouse market with new Chatham-Kent pipeline"

Enbridge Gas announced that the Chatham-Kent Rural Pipeline Expansion Project is in service. The $19.1M project ensures delivery of natural gas, meeting the growing agricultural, commercial, and industrial market demand in Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas, including in the fast-growing greenhouse…


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