Efficiency
Researchers have published new findings on a nanophosphor-based light source developed as an energy saving agricultural grow light.
A greenhouse in Sydney River, Cape Breton, is experimenting with an infrared heating system that could allow growers in northern climates to produce in an energy efficient manner all year-round.
A 5,000 ton per year biogas digester will fuel the combined heat and power system in Chicago’s first net zero waste vertical farm and food business.
At the Horti Fair in The Netherlands, a consortium of AVAG companies (including Sercom and Environmental Monitoring Systems) has won the prestigious ‘Press’ prize for ‘most promising innovation’ for their greenhouse climate monitoring system.

A new report by LuxResearch firm ranks new water efficiency technologies, which will be particularly important as greenhouse farming for high-value crops grows in Eastern Europe and Africa.

AgriSensys, a new technology able to track temperature and humidity levels in order to optimize the climate throughout a greenhouse and lead to energy savings, is now commercially available from WiSensys.

This week, the Kaaij Group opened its first KUBO 'Ultra Clima' semi-closed greenhouse in The Netherlands, a design which provides substantial energy and CO2 savings.

 
Randy Lambrecht, who owns a greenhouse in Bothwell with his wife Michelle, is among the ten winners of the 2012 Premier’s Award for Agri-food Innovation Excellence. Lambrecht won for his innovative automated chain-and-belt-driven tray washer that cuts washing time from days to hours.

A company called Armenian Harvest Promotion Center (AHPC) has initiated a “small greenhouses development process, which aims to enable individual farmers to construct and operate high-tech, energy-saving and high-yield film (plastic) greenhouses.”

This clip provides an overview of marketing sustainability certification from MPS. Read our new feature stories on these programs, and the Canadian greenhouse operators who have taken the plunge, soon in the upcoming issues of 'Greenhouse Canada Magazine' and here on 'Energy Edge.'
Interstate Power and Light Company (Alliant Energy) has just honoured four Minnesota businesses with an ‘Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award,’ including one greenhouse operation.

A contingent of Dutch business people from 16 companies are touring the Leamington area of Ontario this week, looking to promote their efficiency technology to local greenhouse growers.

Growers who carefully select their poinsettia cultivars can lower their greenhouse thermostats in mid-October to save on energy costs and produce high-quality plants, according to a Purdue University-University of New Hampshire study.

Grow pipes – heating tubes that run through the crop canopy and can be adjusted as the crop grows taller – are becoming an increasingly popular energy optimization system for vegetable growers in Canada.

The price of all food is expected to rise between 2.5% and 4% by the end of 2013. This is great news for greenhouse growers, says 360 Energy's Lisa Brodeur, who (like all farmers) are constantly seeing increases in the cost of inputs such as energy.

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