Efficiency
In an effort to keep pace with fierce competition from producers in sunnier, southern climates, an innovative greenhouse operation in Ontario has made a big move to grow tomatoes all year round.
Converting the carbon dioxide created during greenhouse heating into fertilizer for pepper plants is winning rave reviews for SunSelect Produce.
Rainbow Greenhouses Inc. hopes its recently installed energy efficient LED luminaires will reduce lighting-related energy consumption by 60 per cent and achieve a full return on investment within two years.
Quadrogen Power Systems Inc. has received a $1.5 million loan to produce ultra-clean sustainable energy for a greenhouse adjacent to a City of Vancouver landfill.
A hydroponic lettuce producer in Norborne, Mo., realized a 38 per cent increase in revenue after installing LumiGrow Pro 325 LED light fixtures, according to a new case study.
Niagrow Systems Ltd. has developed a checklist to help greenhouses maximize the efficiency of their heating systems.
Some greenhouse operators keen to cut their energy bills are finding the installation of double energy curtain systems to be a wise move.
This year’s Fruit Logistica Innovation Award went to the Netherlands’ Staay Food Group. Its City Farming project uses custom greenhouses outfitted with specialized LED lighting to quickly cultivate seeds into young plants.
Hydro Grow has announced a new grow light that utilizes a deep-dish parabolic reflector and super bright 50W LEDs.
The first pilot plant in a program of installations that can sustainably produce crops, electricity, biofuels, and even plants for re-vegetation efforts in a desert environment is now up and running in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar.
The amount of fresh water consumed for world energy production is on track to double within the next 25 years, putting a strain on future water resources, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects.
Growers in Delta, B.C., are already using agricultural technology to grow quality produce, but as technology evolves, so do opportunities to reap even bigger rewards.
Food producers report issues such as the carbon tax, competition and innovation need to be addressed by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture if the province is to reach its goal of generating $14 billion in revenue by 2017.
An eight-acre site that includes more than 15 gutter-connected greenhouses needed to find a better way to control the climate while reducing its electricity, heating use and expenses. The answer to this energy conundrum came in the form of an environmental control system that could adapt to the up to 1,000 different varieties under cultivation at any given time.
Growers and suppliers considering wood pellet heating systems can take advantage of one-stop shopping – and learn from a host of industry experts – at an upcoming three-day conference.

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