‘Het nieuwe telen’ makes Dutch greenhouse horticulture more sustainable

Published on
March 25, 2015

Energy is a major cost item. By the poorer returns of the CHP use energy costs increase again. The ‘Quantitative information greenhouse horticulture 2014-2015’ shows that energy consumption is often the primary component of the CO2 footprint. The advantage that CHP use on the CO2 footprint delivers, descends through the reduced CHP use.

Sustainability, in the form of low power consumption and CO2 footprint, is an opportunity for us to make a distinctive Dutch product on the market. Reasons enough to pay close attention to energy efficiency. The experiences with the ‘Nieuwe Telen’ indicate that substantial savings on energy consumption as possible.

Controlling the humidity

By the attention in the climate control on control of the humidity, the bottleneck of more screen use to get caught. Where a few years ago was hardly any energy-screen use, as in the tomatoes, is now being experimented with double screens. By controlled outdoor air injection, focused on controlling the humidity, disease problems are minimized. The boundaries be shifted.

Teaching and monitoring

‘Het nieuwe telen” literally means a new way of cultivation. This should be taught. The project monitoring carries just as if the courses and practice networks in learning understanding the moisture and screen problems. As a result, the greenhouse horticulture become less energy dependent.

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