Efficiency
The T’Sou-ke First Nation of Vancouver Island, BC is setting a goal of energy, food and economic self-sufficiency through a variety of means, including a state-of-the-art, four-acre greenhouse to be completed in 2013.

All greenhouse operators have taken steps to cut energy consumption, but deciding which steps to take next to further boost efficiency isn’t always easy.
It was announced today (May 25) that Henkle's Herbs & Heirlooms in Kentucky is receiving a grant for energy efficiency greenhouse improvements.

Once 'The Journey to Energy Excellence for Greenhouses' is underway, the grower will be able to identify where they excel in energy management as well as where there might be shortcomings.

This spring, an updated version of a 'Greenhouse Energy Conservation Checklist' was released. It asks greenhouse operators to examine air leaks, insulation, and other ways of managing energy requirements - including windbreaks.

Last week’s report from Statistics Canada indicated that a slight rise in the Canadian inflation rate (from 2.0% to 2.1% over the last month) is due to several factors, but surprisingly, the cost of energy is not one of them.

Over the next four years, a team that includes scientists from several US universities and the US Department of Agriculture will be hard at work examining all aspects of LED lighting in greenhouses.

Greenhouse energy audits are worth it. That’s the preliminary conclusion of a study soon to be released from Michigan State University (MSU).

Taking a close look at new resources and new technologies is key, as is finding out what other growers are up to.
 
Energy costs are rising every year and are a significant expense to almost all organizations. While we continue to hear about soaring energy costs in the news, there is something you can do.

The Journey to Energy Excellence begins with a customer's desire to improve their current processes in regards to energy. As we mentioned in our first article, this program by integrating systems and processes, brings all the key stakeholders involved in a greenhouse operation together.

As part of its Farm Energy Efficiency Program, the nonprofit agency ‘The Minnesota Project’ has created an extensive online resource centre.

The number of Minnesota farm energy auditors has recently gone up – way up.
‘The Farm Energy Auditor Training Program’ has recently graduated 13 auditors. Prior to this program, there were only four registered farm energy auditors statewide.

An innovative greenhouse has been built as a joint project involving the Yukon Research Centre and Yukon College’s School of Access. The year-round, solar greenhouse project will provide valuable data on the heating requirements of an insulated greenhouse and the ability of a small Stirling Engine to co-generate power and heat, says instructor and project supervisor Simone Rudge. The project is also testing the use of vacuum panels in shutters.

An increasing number of greenhouses have retractable shade or energy curtains, which makes shading easy, notes MSU's Erik Runkle. There are several advantages of these curtains, most notably that they can be used during periods of high light (for shading) and at night (to reduce heat loss), but can be opened on cloudy days.

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