Article. Energy in fokus - from Kyoto to Copenhagen. - AgroTech

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Article. Energy in fokus - from Kyoto to Copenhagen. - AgroTech

Welcoming message

The greenhouse horticulture sector is under pressure of the huge energy expenses.

The sector’s energy consumption needs to be reduced, and efforts are being made

to find solutions, which will both reduce costs and benefit the environment. Reducing

energy consumption often reduces the quality of plants, and new technological

solutions and increased understanding of the physiological reactions of plants

will be necessary to achieve energy reduction while maintaining plant quality but

actually also to increase and diversify the production

In Denmark there has been a long history of research and development within

the area of energy saving. Most of the Danish work has been centred on the physiologically

based ideas of dynamic climate management (IntelliGrow), which has

been one of the causes of the decline in energy use in Danish nurseries.

Two projects have been granted, “Greenhouse Concept 2017” and “Intelligent

Use of Energy in Greenhouses”. The technologies, which will be investigated as

part of these projects, include storage of surplus energy in an aquifer, physiology of

plants dynamic climate control, light-emitting diodes and a number of other technologies,

which may contribute to energy efficiency in greenhouses. Results are

tested and demonstrated at Hjortebjerg Nursery in Søndersø. “Greenhouse Concept

2017” was established as an innovation consortium financed by the Danish

Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation under the Ministry of Science,

and the “Intelligent Use of Energy in Greenhouses” project is sponsored by Region

South Denmark and the European Regional Fund.

In the future, the horticultural sector, universities, ATS companies (Authorised

Technology Service) and other technological companies need work together to find

a solution for the industry and associated businesses. This will require novel use of

ideas and methods that currently is not in use in the greenhouse industry.

On the other hand the potential for energy production from the five million

square meter might be important in the longer scale, but will require more interaction

between growers, energy and technology suppliers.

On behalf of the Danish partners in the project behind the workshop – welcome

Carl-Otto Ottosen

Convener

34 ENERGY IN FOCUS

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