Energy

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…

Kenya's power imports up 63.7% after Uganda offer

Kenya’s electricity imports shot up by 63.7 percent in the first eight months compared to a similar period last year despite official data showing the country generates more…

Kenya Power picks insider as CEO yet again

Kenya Power has once again locked out outsiders from its top job after the utility monopoly promoted Bernard Ngugi to be the new CEO. Mr Ngugi, previously in charge of supply chain, takes over from Ken Tarus who was kicked out in July after being charged with conspiring to commit an economic crime and…

Flower Logistics Africa focuses on visibility of flower industry through digital transformation

The fourth edition of Flower Logistics Africa had a full house representing a cross-section of the entire value chain of flower trade. Revolving around the core theme of “Making Flower Trade Sustainable: Economically, Environmentally and Digitally”, the event was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi…

AVR Duiven officially opened

Netherlands: First CO2 from residual waste to greenhouse horticulture

After more than a year of construction, Dutch waste-to-energy company AVR has started capturing and delivering the first tons of CO2 to greenhouse horticulture. The greenhouse…

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Netherlands: Optimal cooling of geothermal heat at JoGrow

The nursery Kwekerij JoGrow at the Gasthuiswei in Kwintsheul, the Netherlands specializes in growing tropical greenhouse plants and is also a member of the Decorum producer organization. The nursery was recently connected to the geothermal heat doublet of Nature’s Heat on Hooghe Beer in Kwintsheul. The…

Even larger project in the pipeline

Dutch freesia grower opens country's largest solar thermal system

That Pip Tesselaar, freesia grower, had the premiere, was already known. On a piece of land just over one hectare, Tesselaar Freesia installed sufficient solar panels to make 'a very large step in sustainability'. The official opening took place earlier this month. At the beginning of 2019, the project was…

Canada: New study shows energy cost savings potential for Ontario greenhouses

Ontario’s greenhouse sector is growing fast, and a new report by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) shows there is great potential for energy efficiency to…

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.…


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