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Geothermal goals in the Netherlands


December 15, 2010
By Dave Harrison

Dec. 15, 2010, the Netherlands – By 2020, the Dutch floriculture sector
aims to heat at least 500 hectares of glasshouse cultivation using
geothermal energy.

Dec. 15, 2010, the Netherlands – The Dutch floriculture sector aims to heat at least 500 hectares of glasshouse cultivation using geothermal energy by 2020. Earlier this year, a potted tropical plant operation became the latest company to tap into this heat source.

The use of geothermal energy is a typical example of the sector-wide co-operation that has so often proved to be the driving force behind innovation throughout the Dutch industry. Geothermal energy projects receive support from a program in the Netherlands designating greenhouses as energy sources.

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Newly acquired knowledge from the project is made widely available. The result is the emergence of an increasingly detailed, experience-based script for new projects.

Research has shown that a large proportion of Dutch glasshouse cultivation is located in regions where geothermal energy could be used. A feasibility study indicates that the use of geothermal energy in glasshouse cultivation could lead to a reduction of more than 10 per cent in natural gas consumption.


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