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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'

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  • CO2 enrichment is vital to the cost-effective production of many glasshouse crops. However, it can have a high energy cost. In this factsheet, Farm Energy Centre's Chris Plackett, and Steve Adams and Allen Langton from Warwick Horticultural Research International (HRI), discuss how to keep the energy expense of CO2 enrichment in check. Read More...
  • A half-day GrowSave workshop led by Farm Energy Centre, which provided growers with an interactive forum on the practical implementation of energy efficiency measures in high temperature protected cropping. With a focus on energy intensive production, the workshop was of particular interest to nurseries producing crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines, poinsettia, begonias, orchids and pot chrysanthemums. Read More...
  • Exciting times could be ahead for edible crop production following the unveiling of the world’s first Carbon Capture System for the greenhouse industry. The GC6 Green Carbon Capture System is a revolutionary new technology that allows CO2 to be captured from biomass boilers and used to enrich the climate in the greenhouse. 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...
  • It is common practice to use flue gases from boilers or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units for CO2 enrichment in greenhouses. However, the p little is known about how system age and design affect CO2 gas quality and crop performance. Whilst it is well known that gases such as ethylene and nitrogen oxide (NOx) can have a detrimental, and sometimes catastrophic, effect on crop growth, it is not clear how much of these potentially harmful gases is produced by the different systems. Read More...