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'
  • The use of sensors within horticulture is hardly a recent development, with thermometers, measuring boxes and Carbon Dioxide sensors having been used for decades. However, the advent of wireless sensing technology, as well as the reduction in prices of such equipment, means data collection is now cheaper and easier than ever before.
  • The UK soft fruit sector continues to expand due to consumer preference for local production utilising an extended growing season. Most often this has been by the implementation of single span ‘Spanish’ tunnels, together with new varieties and substrate crops in gutters or on table-tops irrigated using hydroponic irrigation systems.
  • Optimising production methods is one of the aims of many greenhouse growers. Determining what makes an optimal climate for crop quality and production, however, can be challenging, and it’s certainly worth bearing in mind that what feels comfortable to a person may be less than ideal for a crop.
  • Cold store setup and management contribute significantly to the cost of operation. Cold stores are used within horticulture in a variety of situations and for different purposes, so a ‘one type fits all’ approach is rarely the most efficient.
  • Circulation fans have been widely used in greenhouses for many years. This technical update will explain how to save energy and the pros and cons of air circulation fans. 
  • Circulation fans have been widely used in greenhouses for many years. A well designed fan installation will benefit the greenhouse climate by helping to maintain consistent temperature and humidity throughout the growing area. This technical update will explain how to save energy and the pros and cons of air circulation fans.
  • Common sense tells us that eliminating unnecessary venting will save energy. However, putting this theory into practice is not as simple as it sounds, especially when humidity control is a key requirement.
  • Because supplementary lights also produce heat, they can have a sudden impact on the temperature balance of a greenhouse when they are turned on.