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    Ed

    Over the last couple of years, I have been involved with an Innovate UK (IUK) funded research project focusing on improving storage conditions for potatoes. The fundamental aim is to improve the evenness of airflow in potato stores, allowing anti-sprouting agents to be distributed more evenly across the crop. More
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    Jon

    The Renewable Heat Incentive reforms that were originally laid before parliament and then withdrawn in mid-March have not yet been re-laid and latest news suggests that this may not be until after the summer recess. More
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    Ed

    Evidence suggests that LED lights, which are well matched to plant requirement, can stimulate greater plant growth and crop yield than conventional assimilation lighting (e.g. high-pressure sodium).  In fact, when used in underground or vertical farms, LED’s can even be used to substitute natural light altogether. More
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    Jon

    So far, it’s shaping up to be an unpredictable summer. The political landscape has altered somewhat from what we have been used to, the weather can’t seem to make up its mind what to do, the grid electricity carbon emissions have fallen to their lowest ever level and on top of all this off, we still don’t know when the RHI regulation reforms will be made law. More
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    Jon

    The Department of BEIS has just announced RHI degressions, effective from 1st July 2017, for biomass, biomethane and biogas. More
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    Jon

    BEIS has confirmed that the RHI regulatory reforms were not laid before Parliament and that the scheme will continue in its current form for now. More
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    Ed

    Growers are invited to an event to hear more about the current opportunities for converting to renewable heating systems in protected cropping, or adding to and expanding their existing renewable systems. More
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    Jon

    We have received an update on the reforms from Renewable Energy Association in light of the general election announcement. More
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    Jon

    The recent RHI degression announcement has thrown yet more uncertainty on the future on the RHI scheme. While the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) continue to keep business as usual, there are many questions erupting as to what, when and how the RHI reforms will happen. More
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    Ed

    In the recent edition of Energy News, I wrote an article on how growers might use their glasshouses to generate electricity through the use of solar glass. Translucent solar panels have been developed by Soliculture, an American start-up company, specifically for the greenhouse sector. More

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