Energy

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…

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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…

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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…

Digging into Eden Project’s geothermal energy plans

From the granite outcrops of Bodmin moor to the rugged coastal cliffs of Tintagel, Cornwall is a county steeped in imposing rock formations. However, the Eden Project is taking Cornwall’s relationship with the earth one step further with a plan to drill 4.5km into a fault line within the granite which…

Netherlands: Powerhouse takes over gas portfolio of Gas Natural Europe

As of January the 1st, 2020, Powerhouse, a large energy-tech company in the Netherlands, will take over the Dutch gas portfolio from Gas Natural Europe. With the agreement,…

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Netherlands: Large greenhouse horticulture company needs to get rid of low calorific gas by 2020 at the latest

The nine largest Dutch buyers will have to stop using low calorific gas from October 2020 onwards. This was proposed in a bill to the House of Representatives a while ago.…

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Dutch young plant grower receives sustainable heat from HVC

Dutch young plant grower, Gootjes AllPlant BV has been connected to the heating grid of waste and energy company HVC on Wednesday 6 November 2019. This makes it the third greenhouse horticulture company in Alton which is heated completely sustainably. NH Paprika was the fist to be connected at the…

The role of geothermal and coal in Kenya’s electricity sector

Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, with high anticipated economic growth rates and ambitious flagship infrastructure projects. However, recent electricity demand forecasts were considerably decreased. Both in the scenarios of subdued growth and higher future electricity…

How your business can make a clean energy transformation

Seeking finance so that your business can make a clean energy transformation? Check out some of the tips in the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s new Transforming Australian Agriculture with Clean Energy guide.   by Gabrielle Stannus   “The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has a unique role to increase investment in Australia’s…

No substantial relationship yet between energy-efficient cultivation and physiological abnormality of alstroemeria

The project ‘Monitoring energy innovations in practice’ of Kas als Energiebron is, among other things, looking for a relationship between the appearance of lines in alstroemeria and the cooling down of the crop as a result of eradiation. So far, a firm conclusion cannot be drawn. The project ‘Monitoring energy…

KenGen to cede 75% in geothermal venture

State-owned electricity producer Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) is seeking a joint venture (JV) with an external investor as it looks to raise the stock of green energy. KenGen, which has a 1,796.4 megawatt annual capacity and supplies 75 percent of Kenya’s electricity, said the successful…

"Continuation of good market position for gas engine CHP"

The CHP gas engine did maintain its good market position in the first half of 2019. This can partly be explained by the growing import and export with neighboring countries, resulting in a greater exchange of electricity. This provides more CHP operating hours and higher prices in winter, but also lower…

Power generator with battery allows growers to go off-grid

Rolls-Royce offers with its MTU microgrids the company's first eco-friendly and on-site power generation solution suitable for agricultural applications. These autonomous power grids combine renewable energy sources with battery storage and gas and diesel generators using a microgrid control system…

Kenya: KenGen issues tender to build 140 MW geothermal power plant at Olkaria

To achieve its capacity expansion plans, KenGen is working in close collaboration with the National Treasury to develop a 140 MW greenfield geothermal power plant through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Kenya approved a framework for developing and implementing infrastructure PPPs under the PPP Act…


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