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Energy efficiency is not just low-hanging fruit; it is fruit on the ground. Stephen Chu, US Secretary of Energy

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  • In this factsheet, Farm Energy Centre's Chris Plackett, and Steve Adams and Allen Langton from Warwick Horticultural Research International (HRI) outline how efficient thermal screens can save energy in glasshouse production without adversely affecting yield or quality. Read More...
  • Common sense tells us that eliminating unnecessary venting will save energy. However, putting this theory into practice is not as simple as it sounds, especially when humidity control is a key requirement. Heating and ventilation set-points Well-developed plants and milder spring weather conditions mean that like most tomato growers, our Focus Nurseries now have an almost constant demand for humidity control. Read More...
  • When growing greenhouse crops, it’s sometimes desirable to use a little more heat than strictly necessary to maintain adequate growing conditions. The purpose of this is to keep conditions comfortably away from those which could, for instance, trigger a disease problem. Read More...
  • One of the side effects of reducing energy consumption, or using biomass for heating, is that less carbon dioxide (CO2) is available for enrichment. So, can crops be grown with less CO2 without reducing yield? This is the question that researchers from Wageningen University are currently trying to answer. Read More...

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