An economic survey of the Netherlands' greenhouse industry has found that generating heat and electricity from solar energy rather than natural gas is not economically feasible at present.
Assiniboine Community College's sustainable greenhouse will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 28, almost a year after the sod-turning ceremony that launched the project.
The U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is spearheading a three-year, nationwide project to create unprecedented, 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the sun for solar energy.
In the last 30 years, the greenhouse industry has experienced significant changes. New technologies have not only brought an increase in production levels, but have also allowed more competitors to enter the industry, leading to smaller margins.
Iowa State University’s new greenhouse will feature an algal production facility capable of making 50 to 100 dried kilograms of biomass per year.
According to the utility, energy efficiency studies and surveys can identify and prioritize energy saving opportunities for your greenhouse. They will also go a long way toward determining your energy priorities and identifying what actions will save you the most money, prioritizing your limited investment funds and project management time.
Successful programs have been instrumental in freeing up dollars and improving bottom line performance in the past, Union Gas says, adding that it provides funding for both process and energy efficiency studies and surveys. Options include:
- Process studies
- Steam trap surveys
- Energy efficiency feasibility studies