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  • Mastering Greenhouse Efficiency with Robotics at Vineland

    Imagine technology that could preemptively find disease in plants, allowing growers to address it proactively. Or sensors that could help irrigate more resourcefully. Or robots that could selectively harvest ripe crops. At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, it seems as though the future is now. Vineland’s Robotics & Automation team — comprised of 5 PhDs and 6 ...

  • Can a Greenhouse Grow Energy Savings, Too?

    A grocery store, greenhouse, hotel and community college will be among a diverse group of West Coast organizations testing the next generation of fuel cells that produce both electric power and heat while saving energy, thanks to a $2.8 million combined industry and government award announced today by the Department of Energy’s ...

  • LED lighting can significantly reduce greenhouse horticulture energy consumption

    With the exception of energy consumption, where there is still much to be done, the Dutch are global leaders in greenhouse horticulture. The quality is high, and nowhere else is the use of water and pesticides so low. Even so, demand for innovation, sustainable production and healthy fruit and vegetables and high-quality flowers remains high. One innovation that would really help in this is the ...

  • USDA Provides Funding for More Than 1,100 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is awarding loans and grants that will help more than 1,100 rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage and costs in their operations. The funding is for energy efficiency improvements and/or renewable energy systems. USDA is financing projects in every state, ...

  • Greenhouse emissions set to rise till 2030 due to soaring energy demand - IEA

    “The huge energy challenges facing China and India are global energy challenges and call for a global response. The World Energy Outlook 2007 charts a course to a more secure, competitive, lower-carbon energy system – a course that must involve the world’s two emerging giants”, said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today in London at the launch of the ...


    By International Energy Agency

  • Lighting strategies for LEDs in greenhouse horticulture

    The use of assimilation lighting in greenhouse horticulture has increased by 10% per year during the past decade, leading to a considerable increase in electricity consumption. LED lighting systems have a variety of advantages, ranging from their small size, high energy conversion efficiency to the option to emit specific wavelengths. In the EU project HI-LED, Wageningen UR Greenhouse ...

  • CHP Greenhouses Make Growing Even Greener

    Bearing little resemblance to a typical farm, modern large greenhouses are, in reality, complex, high-tech factories that produce food and other crops. A natural gas Cat® or MWM™ generator set produces electrical power for the greenhouse needs, and any excess electricity can be sold to the utility company and fed back to the grid. The extra heat from the engine is collected to ...


    By Caterpillar

  • Can Livestock Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases?

    Wider use of best practices and technologies could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock industry, according to a recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report. The 139-page report, “Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities,” is ...

  • US heavy industry reduces greenhouse emissions by 1.4%

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) this week released its 'Climate VISION Progress Report 2007', which reports on the actions taken by energy-intensive industries to improve greenhouse gas emissions intensity of their operations from 2002 to 2006.  The report indicates that the power and energy-intensive industrial sectors improved their combined emissions intensity by 9.4 ...

  • Greenhouse complex super sizes its CHP system

    A greenhouse complex in the Netherlands is dramatically cutting both its greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs after installation of a powerful new 2MW combined heat and power (CHP) system by cogeneration specialist ENER-G (www.energ.co.uk)Venlo-based Growery Leurs is using the top-end CHP system, which operates at 96.4% total efficiency, to provide heat combined with carbon ...


    By ENER-G

  • High-tech greenhouse research facility for Australian horticulture

    Supported by Wageningen UR Greenhouse horticulture, a new high-tech greenhouse research facility will be built on the campus of University of Western Sydney, 50 km West of Sydney, Australia. Greenhouse horticultural industry is fast developing in Australia. Several new large vegetable production sites have started their operation during the last years, some of them with Dutch technology. ...

  • Big potential of cutting greenhouse gases from waste

    There is a big potential to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) from municipal solid waste management, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report, 'Waste opportunities – Past and future climate benefits from better municipal waste management in Europe', covers the EU-27 (excluding Cyprus), Norway and Switzerland. It estimates that these countries could make GHG ...

  • Targets Agreed for Greenhouse Emissions in Post-Kyoto Era

    VIENNA, Austria, August 31, 2007 (ENS) - Delegates to a United Nations climate conference from 158 nations have reached broad agreement on a range of targets for greenhouse gas emissions cuts in an effort to lower the risk of global warming. The target would apply after the current global framework for managing climate change, the Kyoto Protocol, expires in 2012. A group of industrialized ...

  • UK Companies, Government Partner to Cut Greenhouse Gase

    LONDON, UK (ENS) - Eight large British companies have joined with Prime Minister Tony Blair to introduce a campaign that will provide consumers with products and services that make it easier to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The campaign, called 'We're in this Together' will provide both ideas for behavioral change and practical solutions to help consumers reduce their household ...

  • North American countries target “super” greenhouse gases

    Last night, the United States, Canada, and Mexico submitted a proposal to strengthen climate protection under the Montreal Protocol. The proposal targets the production and use of HFCs, a group of 'super' greenhouse gases. If accepted by the other Montreal Protocol Parties, the proposal would deliver climate mitigation equivalent to preventing over 100 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is 10 ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • EPA awards $7.8 million in grants to combat greenhouse gases

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that 20 U.S. communities, including two Indian Tribes, will receive $7.8 million in grants for projects that will reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs). The funds will help Climate Showcase Communities increase energy efficiency, saving consumers money and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. “These communities see the overwhelming ...

  • Greenhouse gases should be cut 80% by 2050, Climate Committee

    Eighteen months after it began work, Parliament's Temporary Committee on Climate Change called for an 80% cut in greenhouse gases by 2050, binding interim targets to improve energy efficiency 20% by 2020 and incentives to encourage everyone to do their bit. Meeting Tuesday to adopt the final report, the 60-member committee said, 'climate change is both more rapid and more serious in terms of its ...


    By European Parliament

  • Department of Energy Announces 18 New Projects to Accelerate Technologies for Efficient Residential Combined Heat and Power Generation and Bioenergy Crop Development

    The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $55 million in funding for 18 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s two newest programs: GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) and Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA). GENSETS projects are aimed at developing generator technologies that ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Save the date: III International Symposium on Organic Greenhouse Horticulture

    Ege University, Faculty of Agriculture and the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), represented by the Commissions for Organic Horticulture, Protected Cultivation and Horticultural Engineering, Working Group Organic Greenhouse Horticulture and the COST Action FA1105 Biogreenhouse have the honor to invite all engaged in research, producers, teaching, extension, and public ...

  • Tackling the commercial energy hogs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new Energy Star requirements for a range of products used to store or display the products we buy and use everyday. These new rules will cover commercial refrigerators and freezers, which, on average, will be 33 percent more energy efficient than standard models, and computer monitors, digital picture frames and other commercial displays ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

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