Energy

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…

Canada: British Columbia invests in liquid natural gas

Legislation introduced by the government of British Columbia will pull together the final pieces needed to deliver liquid natural gas (LNG) investment that brings long-term benefits to the province and thousands of good-paying jobs for B.C. workers, while operating within strong environmental…

Kenya: Geothermal Development Company posts profit thanks to increased sales

The Geothermal Development Company (GDC) posted Sh 2.1 billion [20.8 million USD] profit before tax for the Financial Year 2017/18. This is a sharp increase from Sh 896 million posted the previous year. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, the PS Ministry of Energy receives a copy of GDC’s Financial Report for the year…

Ethiopia looking to accelerate geothermal development

During a meeting between the Regional Geothermal Coordination Unit (RGCU) of the AUC and a delegation of the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE), Ethiopian Energy Authority (EEA) and Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP), there has been a long discussion about the current status, and main…

"The climate-neutral greenhouse is getting closer and closer"

The number of techniques for limiting CO2 emissions or the use of chemical crop protection is increasing. But these solutions are seldom combined in practice. In the 'Greenhouse2030: Sustainable cultivation with a future', the Wageningen University & Research Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture…

"BC Hydro could do more to improve cybersecurity on its power system"

The Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia has released a new report: Detection and Response to Cybersecurity Threats on BC Hydro’s Industrial Control Systems . The audit found that BC Hydro is effectively managing cybersecurity risk by detecting and responding to cybersecurity incidents on…

"Green encourages plants and people"

Green Fits All. This theme encourages Plantarium participants to seek cooperation with companies and authorities outside the sector. That way green will provide opportunities for growth. By producing as energy neutral as possible, companies will take steps to a greener world. AllPlant accomplished…

UK: Bransford Webbs is now a zero to landfill business

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company have achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for ten consecutive years, having first achieved this certification back in 2008. Their environmental objectives are reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Among other targets, they have reduced their…

Simbi Roses

"A business that takes social responsibility beyond the farm"

The Kenyan flower farm Simbi Roses attributes its success to the hard work and support of its workers, but the company’s focus goes beyond economic growth. A deep sense of social responsibility is central to business at Simbi Roses, demonstrated by their motto, “Our farm. Our community.” What does this…

Report shows fossil-free options for six types of cultivation

NL: "CHP best option for now, but heat pump a good alternative when energy prices rise"

For almost all cultivations in all regions, fossil-free scenarios can be imagined. If the prices of energy carriers such as gas and electrics will rise in the coming years because of market developments or because of surcharges to the market price, money can be saved for companies by switching to…

KenGen bags 75 million USD Ethiopia geothermal deal

Kenya’s biggest electricity generator, KenGen, has bagged a Sh7.6 billion [75.9 million USD] contract to drill geothermal wells in Ethiopia in a joint bid with Chinese company Shandong Kerui Group. The deal with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) is a boost to the Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed Kenya…

CO2 transport by ship project starts

In order to realize the sustainability of greenhouse horticulture and to become climate neutral by 2040, the demand for CO2 delivery is increasing strongly. Transporting everything on the road outside the existing OCAP network can become a bottleneck. The Dutch project 'CO2 transport by water, the right…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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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…


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