5
Dec 2023

Resources for Energy Efficient Covered Crop Growing

‘Demand reduction opportunities and the connected energy savings’

This year, several new resources have been developed to support greenhouse growers to reduce their energy use and highlight options for switching to low-emissions fuel sources.

Free on-site energy assessments have been available, with a number of growers taking up this opportunity. I encourage any covered crop grower who is interested to contact Ellery Peters to discuss their options.

Six energy transition plans (ETP) were undertaken by energy experts during an initial pilot programme, covering a range of greenhouse operations across the country. These focused on what options are available for growers to reduce their energy use and shift away from fossil fuels.  A report summarising the key relevant learnings from these six energy transition plans is available at on EECA’s covered crop decarbonisation programme under step 5.

The report looks at the demand reduction opportunities and the connected energy savings. It also reviews the related and provides a comparison across the different sites.  Use of alternative fuels is assessed considering both costs and technology (including dehumidifiers, thermal screens, biomass boilers, and air source/ground source heat pumps).

Three videos have showcasing how growers are improving their energy efficiency are also available on the Vegetables New Zealand YouTube channel. The growers share their experiences with using new technology and how it is has helped them reduce their energy costs. Albert Shih, a tomato grower, talks through the benefits he has experienced since installing thermal screens more than three years ago. This includes significant financial savings as well as easy installation and other advantages for growers. Also featured is Robert Cole, a hydroponic herb and leafy greens grower, who shares the benefits of using a hot water heat pump for his business.  And Robert Lindsay talks about the small changes he’s made at his growing operation that have seen him reduce his energy usage by 25%.

The resources discussed are available under the Grower Resources page on the Vegetables New Zealand website, the ETP Comparison Report is also linked here. If you want to learn more about resources available, or discuss getting a free energy assessment, please contact Ellery Peters from Vegetables New Zealand at 0273222887 or Ellery.Peters@HortNZ.co.nz.  Ellery’s role is supported by both Vegetables New Zealand and EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority).

Covered-Crop-Energy-Transition-Plan-Comparison-Report

CLASSIFIED

Subscribe to our E-Zine

Sign up here to subscribe to the Grower2grower Ezine. Every two weeks you will receive new articles, specific to the protected cropping industry, informing you of industry news and events straight to your inbox.

More

From This Category

Flexible Solar Panels Look Set to Disrupt the Industry
February 27, 2024
Flexible Solar Panels Look Set to Disrupt the Industry
Startup Apollo Power has developed lightweight, flexible solar panels that can turn any surface including a car roof into a power-generating platform. Amazon, Volkswagen and Hyundai are already on board.
Harnessing the Power of Biogas
February 26, 2024
Harnessing the Power of Biogas
A Sustainable Opportunity for Industrial Manufacturing
Autumn and Winter are not far away, and energy will again be a hot topic/cost for growers.
January 29, 2024
Autumn and Winter are not far away, and energy will again be a hot topic/cost for growers.
Energy reduction funding applications are still available.   EECA Tech Demonstration Fund may provide you with a subsidy opportunity.
New Grounds Energy Limited: Embracing Sustainability
January 15, 2024
New Grounds Energy Limited: Embracing Sustainability
Transitioning from Coal to Timber Biofuel Briquettes in Green Growing
December 5, 2023
Resources for Energy Efficient Covered Crop Growing
'Demand reduction opportunities and the connected energy savings'
How to thrive in Protected Cropping using innovative CO2 solutions
September 25, 2023
How to thrive in Protected Cropping using innovative CO2 solutions
While many growers consider an uncertain energy and CO2 landscape, Optimal Group is developing and supporting Australian engineered low carbon solutions to address a global challenge.
CLASSIFIED