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Dutch government invests in energy innovation


February 9, 2010
By Dave Harrison


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Dutch government invests in energy innovation
Despite the recession, the Dutch government is dedicating
900 million euros ( $ 1.3 billion Cdn) to innovation in the agricultural and
horticultural sectors.



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Feb. 9, 2010 — Despite the recession, the Dutch government is dedicating
900 million euros ($1.3 billion Cdn) to innovation in the agricultural and
horticultural sectors.

In fact this is actually the highest item in the Ministry of
Agriculture, Nature Management and Food Quality’s (LNV) budget. This shows how
seriously the Netherlands is taking the efforts to ensure that glasshouse
cultivation should be climate neutral by 2020. One item on the investment
agenda is a contingency fund for drilling for geothermal heat. A further 4.1
million euro is available for energy producing glasshouses and 25 million for
research into the most efficient way of converting sunlight to nutrients and
energy for plants and algae.

 Source:
www.minlnv.nl (Dutch Ministry of
Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality).