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CAN (ON): Taking standardization of greenhouse cogeneration to the next level

When in 2010 Gruppo AB, together with a few former Jenbacher employees, created AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands (ABGPN), it was with a vision of taking cogeneration in the greenhouse sector to a whole new level. Over a period of more than 2 decades, Jenbacher in the Netherlands had continually updated and optimized their…

Kenya: KenGen looking to raise funds through green bond

Kenya’s state-owned power producer, KenGen, has announced plans to raise funds from the market later this year and it may opt to issue the country’s first green bond. KenGen has a 1,631-megawatt annual capacity and it supplies 70 percent of Kenya’s electricity. Private investors hold 30 percent of the company while the rest is…

Ecoligo wins German Entrepreneurship for Development Prize

German solar company ecoligo has been awarded the German Entrepreneurship for Development Prize for 2019 in the category of “Innovation for Development” for its commitment to promoting sustainable growth in emerging markets. The prize was awarded on Tuesday at the German-African Business Summit held in…

CAN (BC): 2019 carbon tax relief grants open for greenhouse growers

Applications for carbon tax relief grants for the 2019 production year for eligible commercial greenhouse operators are now open and will be accepted until March 29, 2019. Commercial producers of B.C. vegetables, ornamental flowers and plants, forest seedlings and nursery plants are eligible to apply for the grant,…

Norwegian growers hit by high energy costs

The energy bill generally represents one third of the total costs in greenhouse horticulture. Now that the electricity price in the south of Norway has doubled compared to the…

Italy: Geothermal heat expansion at greenhouse facility

Enel Green Power has extended a geothermal heat supply agreement to large floriculture company dell'Amiata of Floramiata in Tuscany (Italy). This is part of further emphasis on geothermal heat, e.g. for a new geothermal district heating system in Piancastagnaio. Enel Green Power’s Geothermal Manager, Luigi Parisi, and…

February 5-7, Addis Ababa

Ethiopia: Supporting future geothermal markets

Under the framework of Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) – IRENA, the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and the World Bank are co-organizing a series of technical sessions with the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (Under the Ministry of Mines), and other local stakeholders in the geothermal sector…

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How to grow flowers organically

Organic flowers are used in different ways. Every day, you will find people exchanging flowers. We can all admit that it feels good to receive some flowers from our loved ones. Organic flowers are grown without using any chemicals or pesticides. The main aim of growing them organically is to conserve the environment. When…

Controlled-environment growers power their operations with cogeneration systems

The highest density of cogeneration systems in greenhouses is in the Netherlands. Cogeneration systems in Dutch greenhouses represent almost 25 percent of the electricity produced in the country. “Cogeneration is a technology that converts natural gas into useful energy for greenhouses, which includes inside power generation…

Safe practices when using greenhouse energy curtains

An energy curtain is known by many names—shade cloth, shade curtains, energy screen, energy shield, blackout cloth, and heat blanket. Panels of them are generally closed at…

Kenya: Baringo-Silali exploration drilling on course

The ongoing drilling in the Baringo-Silali geothermal block is progressing well after GDC set up a rig at the Paka geothermal prospect last month. According to Mr. Johnstone Maleche, Manager, Drilling Operations, the work is progressing well and the drillers are upbeat with development. “We are at a depth of over 76 meters…

Sharp drop in power use for Swedish greenhouse flower growers

The transition from fossil fuels to bio-fuels in Swedish greenhouses has gone fast. For the cultivation of ornamental plants and cut flowers in Swedish greenhouses, the use of fossil fuels has dropped from 460,000 megawatt hours to just 32,000 hours in a few years. That's a decrease of more than 90…

Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector

Predominantly known for power generation and district heating, geothermal energy can also be used in its primary form (i.e. heat) in the agri-food sector – for instance in greenhouses or for food drying and processing. Using it for such purposes can help increase food availability, reduce dependency on…

Kenya: Exploration for geothermal steam in Naivasha continues

Centum Investment Company and its partners plan to resume exploration for geothermal steam in Naivasha by March after the previous two wells yielded less resources than what is required to sustain electricity generation. Akiira Geothermal, a consortium where Centum controls a 37.5 per cent stake, banks on the…

CAN (BC): Thinking smart about energy use

British Columbia is poised to become more energy efficient and sustainable thanks to a new research collaboration between FortisBC and UBC Okanagan. They’ve created a Smart Energy Research Chair position to help optimize energy use in BC and reduce the province’s greenhouse gas footprint. “The future of humanity depends on our…

Prime Minister announces support for Canada’s first geothermal power facility

Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced support for a new geothermal power facility near Estevan in Southeastern Saskatchewan. The energy project, led by DEEP Earth Energy Production Corporation, is the first of its kind in Canada and taps into a new renewable energy resource. The Government of Canada will provide $25.6…

What are your green resolutions for 2019?

Good resolutions are part of starting a new year. Examples are attention for sustainability and contributing to a better environment. In 2019 Royal FloraHolland, too, will be working on a broader sustainability agenda for the future. This is what CEO Steven van Schilfgaarde said in the latest GROW: "We need to…

NL: Government and horticulture find each other in energy transition

The Dutch government is working hard to achieve climate targets. For this purpose, the so-called climate tables discuss the measures that different sectors can take and which effects they have. Greenhouse horticulture is an important player within the climate table Agriculture. The Greenhouse…

"It’s the most... expensive time of the year"

As the winter sets in and the days get colder and shorter, maintaining a productive growing environment can be a challenge. For those targeting year-round production, keeping crops warm and well-lit, this can be an expensive time of year with high heating and electricity bills. However, growing out of…

Kenya: GDC participates in Nakuru International Investment Conference

GDC participated in the recently concluded Nakuru International Investment Conference (NIICO) held in Naivasha on 29th November to the 1st December 2018. Key issues discussed at the conference include the place of geothermal energy as a natural source of reliable power and its importance to the national…

Dennis van Leeuwen, MAN Rollo, sees opportunities for CHPs up to 1 megawatt:

"Energy transition is the salvation for CHP in greenhouse horticulture"

The energy transition is in full swing. More and more electricity is generated from sustainable sources. A good development that is also accompanied by an increase in fluctuations on the grid and thus with more uncertainty about the supply of electricity. Just add the ever increasing electricity prices…

KenGen investors raise concerns over Kenya Power debt

KenGen investors on Tuesday raised concerns about debt owed to the electricity generator by Kenya Power as the utility service provider continues to battle financial headwinds. The shareholders spent most of the question time during the company’s Annual General Meeting seeking assurance from the board that the debt,…

US (CA): Flower supplier goes green with rooftop solar panels

Baker Electric, a full-service storage, electric, and solar contractor for the Southern California area, recently completed a 65.86 kW DC rooftop solar installation for FBI…

European call for an increased use of geothermal energy

In an open letter, European geothermy organizations have called upon the EU to make more use of geothermal energy. The letter reads: "Geothermal energy is the energy stored in the form of heat below the surface of solid earth. The deeper one penetrates the interior of the Earth, the warmer it becomes. It is inexhaustible…


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