Energy efficiency is not just low-hanging fruit; it is fruit on the ground. Stephen Chu, US Secretary of Energy
  • 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.
  • Common practice is to put measuring boxes in a position that is both practically convenient and which provides representative measurements of the conditions in the greenhouse.
  • Using heat to control humidity in a greenhouse gives the advantages of a good yielding and a disease-free crop. But with energy prices rising, many growers are left wondering whether humidity control is something they can really afford.
  • Variable speed electric drives (VSDs) enable what are otherwise fixed speed motors to operate a range of speeds and torques from zero to 100%. They can give great process flexibility, reduce wear and tear on machines, and dramatically cut running costs.
  • 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.
  • This article explains some set points you can use with your climate control computer to control when your greenhouse screens open and close in relation to time of day and light level..
  • Supplementary lighting can be controlled in a number of different ways, ranging from simple manual switching through to automatic control using a climate computer.
  • What are the energy implications of using ‘pre-night’ or ‘drop’? ‘Pre-night’ is a technique used by some edible crop growers who believe that a rapid drop in greenhouse temperature just before sunset helps crop development.