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

Lighting

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    A Dutch grower, Lans Zeeland, has recently become the first to grow tomatoes in a large greenhouse under a full-LED setup, where growers have previously used HPS lamps or hybrid setups. Although the LED units look similar to SON-T lamps, rather than the red/blue installations often used in trials, it behaves differently from a conventional lamp. More
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     A Belgian strawberry grower, Welroy Fruit, has been able to produce the Sonata strawberry variety earlier than many competitors, due in part to the use of LED lighting. More
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    On 7 November, we kicked off an exciting, new study group project, focussing on Next Generation Growing (NGG). The pilot programme aims to take NGG principles and techniques, which have been established in the Netherlands, and help a select group of UK growers implement them at their nurseries. More
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    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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    In Belgium and the Netherlands horticulture is big business and the facilities tend to be more high-tech than their UK counterparts. During a recent GrowSave study tour I saw some of the advanced technology and practices used by growers, such as LED lighting, diffuse glass and bio-beds for water filtration. More
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    The term ‘vertical farming’ (VF) can mean different things to different people. For some, it might conjure images of high-rise buildings with ‘green’ sides or roofs, while for others it could mean a high-tech, containerised system. More