Energy

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…

The energy-intensive cannabis industry

The $344 billion cannabis industry is one of the country’s most energy-intensive in the world, frequently demanding an array of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, fans and 24-hour indoor lighting rigs at multiple growing sites. Just how much electricity does the entire US marijuana…

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…

US (NM): Cannabis farms affect state's water reserves

More medical cannabis plants are being grown in New Mexico than ever before. But two rural water systems in Sandoval County say the crop may be depleting local water supplies, and they say they have been left powerless to stop it. The Peña Blanca Water and Sanitation District and Sile Mutual Domestic…

Environmental impacts in the cannabis industry

As cannabis use for medical and recreational purposes, including products containing THC and CBD, becomes more ubiquitous across the United States, business sectors from farming to processing to distribution may be required to navigate complicated regulatory landscapes that are sometimes contradictory.…

Lighting and HVAC - are they friend or foe?

When it comes to managing the climate in a cultivation facility, energy use associated with cultivation lighting is typically considered the biggest challenge to overcome. Lights consume enormous amounts of energy on their own and require the use of even more energy to offset the heat they produce to…

Micha van NIeuwkerk (Van der Ende Groep):

"Sodium removal and less drainage go hand in hand"

It is (or actually ‘was’) a challenge to remove sodium from water and, at the same time, to retain as many nutrients as possible. Van der Ende Groep developed the Poseidon to meet the above task, and it was achieved - the first 20 installations have now been put into operation. Growers mainly focus on…

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…

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 the first to turn manure, as well as organic residue from area businesses, into RNG. Developed and run by Coop Carbone, the project…

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…

on fossil energy fuels

Calculator to help German growers with new CO2-tax

From 2021 German glasshouse growers will be charged with a CO2-tax on fossil energy fuels. Renewable energy sources will be free of charge. The tax will be in the first year 10 € per t CO2 and goes up to 35 € per t in 2025. "This means for 1 ha Cucumbers with an energy requirement of 2,673 MWh the…

CAN (ON): Chatham-Kent Rural Pipeline Expansion now open for business

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…

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…

"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…

US (CO): Colorado to get help improving cannabis energy efficiency

Colorado’s government is going to get some help from the National Governors Association (NGA) to help incorporate clean energy practices in the marijuana industry. NGA announced on Tuesday that it would be lending assistance to five states through a “two-year policy academy” that looks at the specific…

CAN (ON): Electricity for growing cannabis forecasted to grow by 1,000% over five years

The cannabis industry will not be a mellow new player on the province’s power grid. Indeed, the energy munched by the fledgling cannabis-growing business is expected to rise by 1,250 per cent in Ontario over the next five years, according to a recent study by the province’s Independent Electricity System…

US: Increase in cannabis cultivation could impact water resources

Cannabis cultivation could have a significant effect on groundwater and surface water resources when combined with residential use, evidence from a new study suggests.…

Cannabis industry environmental, health, and safety issues

Cannabis is an agricultural crop and, of course, needs water to grow. Before investing in a growing operation or entering into a long-term supply contract with a grower, prospective investors should examine whether the operation has the necessary water rights and that they are intact. This can be done by…

The cannabis industry and the environment

In an article on greencamp, the relationship between the cannabis industry and its environmental impact is explored.  "The growing legalization of cannabis shed some new light on…


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