Energy efficiency is a measure of energy used for delivering a given service. Improving energy efficiency means getting more from the energy that we use. DECC - Energy Efficiency Strategy: 'The Energy Efficiency Opportunity in the UK'
  • At the end of February 2014, twenty growers and horticultural industry professionals from the UK visited Ontario and British Columbia on a greenhouse horticulture study tour, organised by the GrowSave team. The group visited 14 organisations which comprised of nurseries, R&D facilities and industry suppliers.
  • Here is presentation given by Dutch consultants on the 29th January. Growers who attended this event heard how the drive to save energy, and to grow more sustain-ably, was seeing fundamental changes to glasshouse cropping practices in the Netherlands.
  • The use of thermal screens has become common place on many edible crop nurseries. They've been shown to save large amount of energy, paying back their cost quickly. In 2005, HDC project PC 198 showed that a thermal screen could save 100 kWh/m2 p.
  • This guide from the Horticultural Development Company (HDC) provides guidelines on all aspects of CO2 enrichment for tomato growers, including:
  • Boilers may have to be operated at times when no heat is required, so that CO2 can be produced.  The rate of production is dependant on the firing level of the boiler. Two of the simpler set points available for managing CO2 enrichment are maximum boiler capacity for CO2 and minimum boiler capacity for CO2.
  • 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.
  • CO2 enrichment is vital to the cost-effective production of many glasshouse crops. However, it can have a high energy cost.
  • Horticultural businesses benefit from a rebate on the duty paid on fuel oils, whether to heat a building or growing medium, as long as it is used to grow produce.