Energy

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US renewable energy farms outstrip 99% of coal plants economically – study

Coal in the US is now being economically outmatched by renewables to such an extent that it’s more expensive for 99% of the country’s coal-fired power plants to keep running than it is to build an entirely new solar or wind energy operation nearby, a new analysis has found. The plummeting cost of…

An electric boiler key to your successful and affordable energy mix?

Extreme fluctuations in electricity prices are expected in the coming years, with prices for usage changing throughout the day and over the course of the year. The energy imbalance is boosting the demand for electric boilers in greenhouse horticulture. Bosman van Zaal has also noticed a sharp increase in…

Photovoltaic energy screen converts sunlight into electricity

It's the never-ending balance act: when can you use the sun's energy, and when do you protect your crops from excess sunlight? Growers in Saudi Arabia are currently doing both. In their retractable shade screen, foldable solar panels are installed. Thanks to the newly launched flexible photovoltaic technology,…

Improving energy efficiency in horticulture by conducting data-driven audits

Soaring energy costs continue to put growers under pressure, and much of the agri-food supply chain is being heavily impacted by unprecedented increases. Growers who produce energy-intensive crops like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are among those to be hit the hardest. Energy has always been…

NL: Grid operators not shocked by growth in electricity demand for greenhouse horticulture

"We haven't been paying as much attention to electricity during this energy crisis," said Nico van Ruiten during the annual Meet&Greet Energy. It's all about gas these days, but we 'have to get rid of it,' while electricity becomes even more important. Reason enough for Greenport West-Holland to have…

An interview with Eef Zwinkels of Royal Brinkman

Do dehumidifiers really save energy?

Energy is one of the biggest challenges for the greenhouse sector these days. Sadly, rising prices have driven many growers to cut back on their operations this winter while others seek ways to reduce their energy costs. Eef Zwinkels, technical account manager at Royal Brinkman, says one of the simplest…

Why retro-fitting new materials in a glasshouse can reduce energy use and costs

There are many methods available to help growers save energy, but the fabric of the grow environment itself is often overlooked. However, as the ongoing energy crisis continues to put a squeeze on profit margins, this simple approach is becoming increasingly vital. There are plenty of retro-fit options…


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