Energy

Rolls-Royce and Yuchai Machinery broaden their collaboration

The Rolls-Royce Power Systems division and its Chinese partner Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company intend to further intensify their collaboration in the construction and sale of engines. A corresponding agreement was signed by representatives of both companies during the visit to Friedrichshafen by a…

"Ontario's power system is ready for upcoming summer months"

Ontario’s power system is prepared to meet the province’s expected demand for electricity over the coming summer months, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) latest Reliability Outlook . “Our system remains reliable as we head into the summer, with adequate resources to…

KenGen bags new $51 million geothermal tender in Ethiopia

KenGen has won a Sh5.2 billion [51.1 million USD] tender to drill geothermal wells in Ethiopia, marking the second win in the landlocked country in under four months. Business development director at KenGen Moses Wekesa said it has reached an agreement with an independent power producer (IPP), Tulu Moye…

CAN (ON): New transmission line expected to meet growing electricity needs in Windsor-Essex

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has requested Hydro One to develop and construct a transmission line to meet the increasing electricity needs in the Windsor-Essex region. “The IESO is committed to ensuring Ontario businesses and communities have the electricity they need to grow and…

Photo report: Decorum Summer Fair

It is a week full of events and festivities and the Decorum Summer Fair is one of them. During this annual event all 20 decorum flower growers presented their assortment in the World Horti Center. A great opportunity for many buyers of Decorum flowers to meet the growers in person. BP news was there to…

“You really need to be a daring grower in order to take on such an adventure together”

Dutch growers open up unique biomass station for heat and CO2

On the 6th of June around 3 pm, over 300 people were walking and pointing through a well-heated and very noisy installation room containing a maze of tubes and pipes. Over 120 people came to see the new biomass station of the three growers from Sirjansland during its official opening. Which could be…

Denmark: Research project studies feasibility of CO2 capture at biomass-fired CHP plants

In Denmark, 30 percent of all energy consumed comes from renewable sources, and the country intends to increase this percentage to 50 percent by 2030 with the long-term goal of becoming a low-emission country, independent of fossil fuels by 2050. Denmark is far ahead in the process of changing its heat…

webinar, June 13

Geothermal in the Southern Cone: The New Frontier?

In the build-up to the 2019 Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean, there will be a complementary webinar focused on the future for geothermal in Chile and Argentina. Despite the existence of a substantial resource in both countries, only one project – Cerro Pabellon in Chile – has made…

Tesselaar Freesia

Dutch Freesia grower pioneers with country's largest solar thermal system

On a field next to his greenhouse, Dutch Freesia grower Pip Tesselaar has installed the largest solar thermal system of the Netherlands by far, because before him there were only some smaller companies that had no more than 800 meters of solar panels on their roofs. 9300 square meters of solar panels…

Making it more viable to turn agricultural waste into renewable fuel

Although the stalks and leaves of a corn plant can be turned into ethanol, the high cost of collecting, storing, and transporting the material has limited its use in producing the fuel. Ajay Shah, an agricultural engineer with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental…

Stephanie Freund, Sundara Energy:

"Infrastructure constraints remain a challenge to greenhouse operators"

Energy and power costs for greenhouse operators represents a substantial percentage of their overall operating costs. Canadian greenhouse vegetable producers rely on natural gas for a majority of their heating needs - and power of course is needed for the general operation and the lighting systems. The…

UK: £30m grant fund announced

In the autumn last year, the UK Government announced they would commit a further £30 million to the next round of the popular small grants scheme for agriculture. The small grants programme is an…

Netherlands: Commercial CO2 capture installation for horticulture applications

Netherlands-based Frames announces the first carbon neutral system for heating and supplying CO2 for industrial-scale, greenhouse growers. Successfully demonstrated by DES B.V., a cooperative association of growers including VOF Prominent Grevelingen, DT van Noord tomatoes and Van Duijn aubergines, the…

Kenya: Coast region to get cheap geothermal energy

Power blackout in Coast region of Kenya is likely to become history by October 2020 on completion of Mariakani substation in Kilifi County. According to the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO), the station currently under construction will enable increased supply to the Coast of cheap…

2,300 solar panels placed

NL: Sun meets energy demand Heemskerk Plants

Heemskerk Plants, Noordwijk, has recently placed 2,300 solar panels. Together, these panels have a peak capacity of 650,000 kWh. That is roughly equal to the yearly energy demand of the nursery, according to Loek Teeuwen. The panels have been placed on different roofs. That is why they are not all…

UK: CCL horticulture sector saves over £3 million

A number of Horticultural businesses registered on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) scheme have now completed their third Target Period reporting at the start of 2019. Data submissions have been presented to the Environment Agency and the results have been issued to all operators. by Steve Leil Initial…

Photos: The beauty of high-tech horticulture

The Danish magazine Foresight Climate & Energy has something nice to show you. They dove into the Dutch efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their tomatoes and tulips. "As the world pushes to decarbonise energy systems, the Netherlands aims to end its 50-year-old love affair with gas, greenhouse…

Geothermal capacity for East Africa estimated to exceed 15,000 MW

Africa has a total installed geothermal generating capacity of over 644 MW. The geothermal capacity for the East Africa region is estimated to exceed 15,000 MW, representing a $40 billion investment opportunity. Geothermal is an appropriate technology to meet base load energy demand but the high initial…

Kenya: 75 kWp solar system to power Rift Valley Roses

The inauguration of a 75 kWp solar system to power Rift Valley Roses flower farm in Naivasha took place on Thursday. The solar project will save up to 68 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and lower the business’ energy bills. Self-consumption solar systems are well suited to cover the daytime energy needs…

Kenya: Oserian Development Company unveils solar plant

Kenyan flower exporting company Oserian Development Company has launched its solar energy power plant with a capacity to generate 1 MW. Integrated with the existing geothermal power, the firm will now produce sufficient renewable energy for consumption by tenants and residents of the Two Lakes Industrial…

'No capacity' not an argument, judge says, but share fairly in case of shortages

Netherlands: Grower has as much right to (extra) electricity connection as data centers

A grower who wants to expand will look for land, for a greenhouse builder who wants to erect the greenhouse, and for electricity. For that, the grower is dependent on the grid…

Kenya: New Transmission Line to Deliver Olkaria Geothermal Power to Western Region

Kenya will save Sh2 billion worth of electricity per year lost through leakages during transportation with the construction of a more efficient transmission line to supply geothermal power to western Kenya for the first time. The 300km high voltage line, with the benefit of less power losses, is set for…

CAN (AB): $6.7 million in federal funding for geothermal demo facility

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, announced $6.7 million in federal funding to support Eavor Technologies’ novel approach for the next generation of geothermal engineering. Eavor Technologies is developing an innovative prototype for a closed-loop geothermal system that will create renewable…

Generator sets reduce costs and promote growth for Polish flower grower

JMP Flowers has over 40 years of experience in growing and selling flowers in Stężyca, Poland. After becoming Europe’s largest producer of orchids, reducing energy consumption and operation costs became a priority for JMP. JMP partnered with Eneria Cat and selected the Cat CG260-16, producing 4.5…

When is the best time to sign a fixed contract?

Simply put… there isn’t a steadfast rule to this and it isn’t always in the summer which is a common misconception. In the contracts team, we help NFU members procure thousands of contracts every year. Our customer’s supplies range from small farm buildings to large pump houses, vegetable stores and…

Lithium batteries now used in agriculture

The horticultural sector is adapting to respect the environment and reduce energy consumption with an eye to efficiency and savings. With this purpose in mind, Bagioni is equipping various machines with lithium batteries. This innovation will be presented at Macfrut (hall B7 stand 48), especially for…

Oserian named Kenya’s best company in Renewable Energy

Oserian Development Company's goal of creating a carbon-free environment by 2020 has received a major boost after it was recognized as a renewable energy champion last week. Investment in geothermal energy to power operations, use of electric tugs (cars) to transport flowers and use of sheep to mow grass…

UK: New scheme launched to encourage heat networks

The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) was launched in October 2018, following a pilot scheme which ran from 2016 to 2017 and offered a total of £18.5m of funding to eight eligible projects. The aim of HNIP is to increase the number of heat networks being built. Heat networks are used extensively in…

UK: TRIAD dates and reductions to future rates

This year’s TRIAD dates, for the 2018/2019 winter season, have now been published by the UK's National Grid. The dates are: 22 November 2018 at 17:00 10 December 2018 at 17:00 23 January 2019 at 17:30 by Max Knowles We have experienced a milder winter this year, compared to 2017/2018 and the ‘beast from…

Netherlands: Oil & gas sector looking to geothermal development

The quest for clean energy to fill the gap left by declining gas production could be tailor-made for oil firms. Geothermal use in the context of greenhouse and heating projects in the Netherlands has been all over the news here on our site for quite some time. A new article published by the Petroleum…

Dermot Callaghan, Head of Teagasc Horticulture Development:

"Horticulture sector stakeholders are early adopters in green technologies"

An Energy 2019 event, targeted at horticultural growers, took place Wednesday 3 April at Teagasc Ashtown, Dublin. The well attended seminar, which attracted cross-sectoral support from the industry, was designed to inform, enlighten and encourage growers and stakeholders to improve energy efficiency on…

Rolls-Royce and ABB announce global microgrid cooperation

Rolls-Royce and ABB have announced a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation. Together the two companies will offer an energy-efficient microgrid solution for utilities, commercial and industrial entities. A microgrid is a small scale electric grid that combines power from…

Netherlands: Drilling at multiple locations possible with exploration permit

Drilling for geothermal energy can be started again in Westland and surrounding municipalities in order to provide heat to the Dutch greenhouse horticulture industry. The…

"We'll ensure BC Hydro works for people again"

The provincial government of British Columbia is introducing legislative amendments to further implement recommendations from the first phase of the comprehensive BC Hydro…


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