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The following music leaders deliver or have delivered sound futures projects in recent times. Click through to find out more about them.

Diffuse glass for greenhouses

There is increasing evidence that using diffuse light within a greenhouse can give production adv ... Read more...

A guide to fuel oil duty rebate for horticulture

Horticultural businesses benefit from a rebate on the duty paid on fuel oils, whether to heat ... Read more...

A snapshot of a thermal screen working well

The graph below shows energy use over the course of a day in February at R&L Holts (one of ... Read more...

AHDB Horticulture technical seminar

Tim Pratt, Farm Energy Centre's technical director, presented at an AHDB Horticulture technic ... Read more...

Air Movement Technical Update

In our latest technical update we take a look at how air movement systems can improve the gr ... Read more...

An introduction to biomass heating for horticulture

The European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive puts the UK on a path to so ... Read more...

Assimilation lighting with LEDs: now possible?

Notes from a presentation by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Hoticulture, which explores the use of L ... Read more...

Basic climate control

On the 21st September, 15 delegates joined us for a one day workshop to help them make sure ... Read more...

Biomass boiler sizing

It is very important to understand your actual heat demand pattern in as much detail a ... Read more...

Biomass Heating for Horticulture

These presentations were given at two Carbon Trust / HDC Biomass Heating for Horticulture Work ... Read more...

Biomass Study Tour

More than 30 grower and supplier delegates attended an afternoon seminar at Canons Brook Club in ... Read more...

BPOA Conference 2012 - Renewable energy investment options

A presentation on renewable energy investment options given by Farm Energy Ce ... Read more...

Carbon Dioxide Enrichment from Biomass Boilers - the ProSelect GC6 System

Although the flue gasses from a biomass boiler are rich in carbon dioxide, they must be cleaned b ... Read more...

Choosing a biomass boiler

The choice of boiler depends on the type of fuel to be used. You must ensure that the ... Read more...

CO2 dosing: Maximum and minimum boiler capacity

Boilers may have to be operated at times when no heat is required, so that CO2 can be produced ... Read more...

Deciding when to open and close screens to save energy

This article explains some set points you can use with your climate control computer to contro ... Read more...

Degree day analysis - a real-life example

Using degree day analysis enables you to account for weather and greenhouse temperature influe ... Read more...

Do thermal screens save energy and give better CO2 levels?

The use of thermal screens has become common place on many edible crop nurseries. They've ... Read more...

Does energy saving with thermal screens compromise crop quality?

In 2008, the GrowSave team worked with tomato growers R & L Holt to optimise the use of th ... Read more...

Does flue gas quality affect crop performance?

It is common practice to use flue gases from boilers or Read more...

Economics of biomass

Before going ahead with a project, it is essential to carry out a full economic apprai ... Read more...

Energy economics update

A presentation given by Farm Energy Centre's Read more...

Energy Efficiency for Protected Soft Fruit Production

Here are the presentations from the GrowSave cost saving and technology event held at Donaldson&# ... Read more...

Energy management in protected cropping: humidity control

Controlling humidity can be expensive in energy terms, yet it is essential for the control of ... Read more...

Energy management in protected cropping: management of CO2 enrichment

CO2 enrichment is vital to the cost-effective production of many glasshouse crops. However, it ... Read more...

Energy Management Training - Grow disease-free crops and save energy

Two training workshops held in Lancashire and West Sussex in October 2011.

Delegate ... Read more...

Feed-in Tariffs - what are they and how do they work?

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) is a government subsidy paid for renewable electricity generation and ... Read more...

Greenhouse energy saving research update

On the 6th November 2014, we held an event at Stockbridge Technology Centre to share some of the ... Read more...

Grower Talks LED

This article on LED lighting notes a visit by members of the Sustainability Initiative to the ... Read more...

Growers visit to Ontario and British Columbia, Canada

At the end of February 2014, twenty growers and horticultural industry professionals from the UK ... Read more...

Growing value with LEDs in horticulture

These presentations were delivered by Jan Dijkman and Esther van Echtelt from Philips Lighting ... Read more...

GrowSave Annual Conference 2011

The 2011 Annual GrowSave Conference looked at recent developments in the energy markets, and h ... Read more...

GrowSave visits GreenTech

Jon Swain went on behalf of GrowSave to GreenTech, Amsterdam RAI to see what’s new and here ... Read more...

Guidelines for CO2 enrichment - HDC Grower Guide

This guide from the Horticultural Development Company (HDC) provides guidelines on all aspects ... Read more...

HDC GrowSave's visit to R&L Holt's Springhill Nursery

On Tuesday 8th April around 20 growers joined us for a visit to R ... Read more...

HDC Project PE 013 - 'Refrigerant based dehumidification'

A presentation given by Farm Energy Centre's Tim Pratt at the TGA's 2013 Conference, on 2 ... Read more...

HDC Refrigeration-based Dehumidification Open Day

On Monday 7th July HDC held an open day at Red Roofs Nursery in Cottingham near Hull. The focus o ... Read more...

HDC training workshop - Low Energy Botrytis Control Strategies

This HDC training workshop brought together experts from the UK and abroad to:

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Background


The settings we are using at Holt’s are still working w ... Read more...

How to avoid condensation

Avoiding condensation on plants is a key part of any disease control strategy. Poinsettia grow ... Read more...

Humidity Control Workshop

The Tomato Working Party joined up with GrowSave for their March meeting at STC to hear about the ... Read more...

Implementing energy efficiency measures in high temperature protected cropping

A half-day GrowSave workshop led by Farm Energy Centre, which provided growers with an interac ... Read more...

Implementing energy efficiency measures in low temperature protected cropping

A half-day GrowSave workshop led by Farm Energy Centre, which provided growers with an interac ... Read more...

Is minimum energy use always best?

When growing greenhouse crops, it’s sometimes desirable to use a little more heat than s ... Read more...

Is your cold store leaking energy?

Energy losses are the unseen costs of any cold store. Heat gain through the structure and air ... Read more...

LED interlighting for tomatoes - a view from Philips

'Interlighting for tomatoes - according to Philips'

Over the past few yea ... Read more...

LED lighting economics calculators

As part of HDC-funded project 'PO10: LED Lighting for Horticultural Applications – E ... Read more...

LED lighting for horticultural applications

The arrival of commercially-viable light emitting diode (LED) lighting for horticultural appli ... Read more...

LEDs go on - article from FloraCulture International Magazine

'LEDs go on'

Find out how the Danish nursery Knud Jepsen A/S – Quee ... Read more...

Lighting efficiency - New developments and maintenance

Notes from a presentation on lighting given by the GrowSave team, covering:

Minimum pipe heat: what does it cost?

Minimum pipe temperature set points are used to force heat into a greenhouse even if it is not ... Read more...

Next Generation Growing

The much anticipated GrowSave seminars on the Dutch Het Nieuwe Te ... Read more...

Optimise your heating system

"I’m glad that I took time out to attend this workshop, it really helped my unders ... Read more...

Optimising screen and vent control with lights

Because supplementary lights also produce heat, they can have a sudden impact on the temperatu ... Read more...

Practical steps to improve refrigeration efficiency

There is a common misconception that there is little you can do to improve the efficiency of y ... Read more...

Preparing your glasshouse for winter

A GrowSave training day led by Tim PrattRead more...

Relative humidity or humidity deficit?

In recent years, the accepted norm for growers of edible crops such as tomato ... Read more...

RHI Scheme updates

Updates to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) came into effect on 1st July 2014. The changes incl ... Read more...

Selecting fuel for your biomass installation

The type of biomass fuel selected impacts on all aspects of a project – design, ... Read more...

Smart Use of Carbon Dioxide

On the 28th September, we held an afternoon conference at the Chesford Grange Hotel. Read more...

Spark Spread: what is it and what does it mean?

‘Spark Spread’ data is used by energy analysts to indicate the profitability of opera ... Read more...

Stop unnecessary venting

Common sense tells us that eliminating unnecessary venting will save energy. However, putting ... Read more...

Sustainable Greenhouse Production

Here is presentation given by Dutch consultants on the 29th January. Growers who attended this ev ... Read more...

Sustainable Greenhouse Production - Saving Energy & Managing Water

Growers of protected crops who attended this event heard from Dutch consultants how the drive to ... Read more...

The Dutch New Way of Growing Event

On 30th April 2014 we held a GrowSave training event to give UK g ... Read more...

Thermal screens - essential for an energy efficient greenhouse?

It is now well proven that retractable thermal screens can save energy without having a detrim ... Read more...

Use radiation sum control for your supplementary lighting and save energy!

Supplementary lighting can be controlled in a number of different ways, ranging from simple ma ... Read more...

Using 'degree days' to see how the weather is affecting your energy use

We all know that colder weather means we use more energy for greenhouse heating. But how do we ... Read more...

Variable Speed Drives - what are they and how do they work?

Variable speed electric drives (VSDs) enable what are otherwise fixed speed motors to operate ... Read more...

What are the energy implications of using ‘pre-night’ or ‘drop’?

What are the energy implications of using ‘pre-night’ or ‘drop’?

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What is the cost of humidity control?

Using heat to control humidity in a greenhouse gives the advantages of a good yielding and a dise ... Read more...

What is your minimum pipe temperature setting?

Reducing minimum pipe temperature settings is a good way to save energy. However, this must be ... Read more...

What's next for renewable heat

On the 16th May growers were invited to an event to hear more about the opportunities available f ... Read more...