Thursday, 16 January 2020
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by Jon Swain

The impact of GrowSave

GrowSave, a collaboration between AHDB and NFU Energy, has been around for thirteen years. We look back at the impact we’ve had on the horticulture industry over the last five.
Thursday, 21 November 2019
Trees in a wood with sunshine shining through
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by Jon Swain

Carbon credit scheme to encourage farmers to plant more trees

Defra has announced that farmers and growers could benefit from a long-term income stream to encourage new woodlands through the Woodland Carbon Guarantee (WCaG). This is a £50 million scheme that aims to help increase woodland planting in England. In fact, the government has promised to plant 11m
Tuesday, 19 November 2019
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by Jenny Beynon

Birmingham Airport schedules a net-zero arrival for 2033

Read our top five energy-related news stories from the last couple of weeks. Energy is always in the news in one way or another, from renewable energy technology advancements and the latest from the ‘big six’ energy suppliers to advancements in energy saving and sustainability. In this blog, we
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Red tomatoes on a green vine
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by Ed Hardy

The changes to the trade markets

As the Brexit deadline is further delayed and details of a trade deal with Europe remain unknown, the potential impact of the UK’s departure from the EU on the country’s agricultural industry is still unclear. The recent BBC series ‘What Britain Buys and Sells in a Day’ gave a good insight into how
Thursday, 31 October 2019
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by Jon Swain

The nights are drawing in – time to be energy efficient

This weekend we moved out of BST meaning that it’s starting to get dark earlier. This isn’t the only effect of the hour change however, any equipment that you have that is controlled by a timeclock may well now be out of sync with your expected pattern of use. Now is the time to check that these
Tuesday, 08 October 2019
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by Oli Coe

Can we meet the energy demands of automation?

With the rise in robotic solutions in horticulture, our GrowSave* project considers how this might impact your energy use and costs. As more and more technology is introduced to the horticultural world, energy demand is also very likely to rocket up.
Thursday, 26 September 2019
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by Tim Pratt

The hot topics at GreenTech 2019

Back in June this year Oli and I visited the GreenTech horticulture exhibition alongside many in the greenhouse industry that was held in Amsterdam. Whilst there was a lot to see the stand out themes with an energy twist were:
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Electricity meter on a wall
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by Joshua Robinson

Are smart meters finally smart enough?

Although smart meters have been installed since 2009, it wasn’t until 2016 that the official smart meter infrastructure went live. The aim of this was to have every UK household offered a smart meter by 2020. However, last week this target was pushed back to 2024 at a total cost expected to exceed
Tuesday, 03 September 2019
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by Jenny Beynon

Make hay while the sun shines

Any time is a good time to take stock of your energy costs, but as we look ahead to colder weather and less daylight, now is an especially good time to assess things and ensure efficient energy use this winter.
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
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by Jenny Beynon

Glasshouse climate optimisation

The use of sensors within horticulture is hardly a recent development, with thermometers, measuring boxes and CO2 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