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Cogen-for-electricity pioneers in Ontario


December 7, 2010
By Dave Harrison

Dec. 7, 2010 – Here's an update to our editorial in the December 2010 edition, "Cogen is good for the grid."

Dec. 7, 2010 – Here's an update to our editorial in the December 2010 edition, "Cogen is good for the grid."

While we noted the recent Great Northern Hydroponics project in Leamington, we had a memory lapse and forgot two of Ontario's cogen-for-electricity pioneers – Westbrook Greenhouses in Grimsby, and Rosa Flora in Dunnville, both of which led the way for the industry many years ago. Our apologies for the oversight in the editorial.

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The point of the editorial was to draw attention to the potential of greenhouses for electricity generation in a province which is seeking alternatives to traditional generation systems. The fact that greenhouses can utilize the waste heat and CO2 so effectively, while supplying electricity to the grid, is a win-win-win situation that we hope governments take time to study.

In the Netherlands, greenhouses supply between 10 and 15 per cent of the country's electricity.


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