Geothermal in greenhouses – a theme at upcoming Greentech event Oct. 20-22, 2020

Geothermal in greenhouses – a theme at upcoming Greentech event Oct. 20-22, 2020 ORF Genetics greenhouse in the winter landscape of Iceland (source: ThinkGeoEnergy)
Alexander Richter 19 Oct 2020

An exciting specific geothermal energy session at the GreenTech Amsterdam, the largest horticulture event, will feature great examples making a case for how geothermal energy can provide a useful and competitive value proposition for the horticulture sector worldwide.

How does geothermal energy fit into a congress & conference on greenhouse horticulture, technology. and more? Well, it is easy, energy is an increasingly important and crucial topic for this particular sector. Geothermal energy has an interesting value proposition. Providing heat, it not only is a great renewable source of energy, but also a very competitive one that makes it a very interesting proposition.

GreenTech Live & Online on 20, 21 and 22 October inspires the global food and flower production industry with topics such as ‘What if we place the earth inside a greenhouse’, ‘Labour scarcity and a happier workforce’ and ‘Greenhouses facilities powered by renewable energy’. At GreenTech’s first virtual edition, this and more is presented on three stages: Main stage (with thought leaders), Xpert theatre (crop optimization sessions) and Café Talks (new emerging markets).

Highlights programme

During the knowledge sessions, experts share their insights. For example:

Ruud Koornstra (speaker on behalf of Verkade Climate) will talk about the role of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and horticulture. ‘What if we could start from scratch? What if we forget about targets, budgets, and investments? What if we start with building a better and cleaner earth? What if we place the earth inside a greenhouse?’ Koornstra will take you on a journey from a greenhouse to a paradise on earth. He explains: “If our planet would be a huge greenhouse, we could create the perfect environment. The horticulture businesses are far ahead when we talk about sustainability and we should follow their lead”. Tuesday 20 October 12:30 – 12:50 hrs CET, Main stage.

Dr. Marit Brommer (Executive Director International Geothermal Association) will take the lead in a panel discussion together with Alexander Richter (ThinkGeoEnergy) as moderators about the usage of geothermal energy in greenhouses. The panel will consist of: Tamás Benedikti (Árpád Agrár Ltd.), Dr. Björn Örvar (ORF Genetics), Ragnar Atli Tomasson (Jurt Hydroponics/ Nordic Wasabi) and Edward Verbakel (VB Group).

Brommer explains why this is an interesting development: “Geothermal and Greenhouses are a great combination! The Greenhouse sector is looking for solutions for sustainable, clean energy for their operations. Geothermal can deliver a cost-effective, renewable, zero-carbon energy source. By playing on each other’s strengths both sectors can contribute to meeting the Paris goals of a net-zero future”. Thursday 22 October 11:30 – 12:30 hrs CET, Café Talks.

Another highlight in the programme is ‘How future labour systems battle labour scarcity and are the driver to a more efficient and happier workforce’. Temro Douw (Product Manager Ridder) explains that the use of labour systems will positively influence the workforce which will result in a more efficient operation process. Thursday 22 October 15:30 – 15:45 hrs CET, Main stage.

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