- Energy Saving
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Energy efficiency is not just low-hanging fruit; it is fruit on the ground.Stephen Chu, US Secretary of Energy
Progressive tomato growing at R&L Holt
R&L Holt have recently been doing a lot of construction on their Sandylands Nursery near Evesham; and it’s involved building of a brand new 8300m2 greenhouse that they are set to call Freda.
The new greenhouse has been designed and built to incorporate all of the latest thinking in greenhouse energy efficiency. To maximise light transmission they have gone for diffuse glass, and when I visited earlier this week my perception of light levels was that the new block had far more light, compared to the “old” greenhouse at Sandylands. In fact, the light levels were so high that we had to squint while we were in there.
Five week old tomato plants have been planted over the last couple of weeks, so they have got a way to go before they are in production. However, with the diffuse glass and two strips on LED’s along each plant row they’ve got all the tools needed to accelerate production.
Another way that the nursery is improving its energy efficiency is with the installation of a CHP; and this was the reason for my trip. With the help and advice from us here at FEC the CHP has been sized to match the site’s heat and lighting demands. The CHP’s currently in the final throws of commissioning so I went along to get some energy meter readings and data so that we can now help them operate the unit efficiently going forward.
It’s great to see forward thinking and progressive tomato growing and we’ll be keeping a close eye on progress to see how Freda lives up to her energy saving potential in the coming months.