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Energy Optimisation in European Greenhouses

Objective

Unlike field agriculture, which bases production costs on hectares, greenhouse costs are calculated on a per-square meter of growing area or on a per plant basis. The production costs represent around 78% of the total chain costs in greenhouses, being energy consumption the main factor affecting those expenses. It is estimated that greenhouses cover an area of about 41000 ha in the European Union, setting Europe as the biggest supplier of greenhouse products in the world. At the same time, as Eastern European markets open up, the EU is also becoming the biggest consumer of greenhouse products in the world.

However good the situation may seem the competitiveness of European growers is threatened by the increasingly higher costs of fuel and the competition of external growers producing at low costs. A reduction in the production costs of commodities will help the European greenhouse producers to retain their position in the European market where internal transportation costs are significantly lower than those of external competitors.

The most important aspect of the production that can be improved to reduce costs is energy consumption. Therefore, an optimisation of the energy consuming systems and operating procedures in existing greenhouses will reduce production costs enabling European greenhouse growers to remain competitive in the European market. On the other hand, reducing the energy consumption in their facilities will help farmers face the increasingly restrictive environmental regulations affecting the sector.

In this project, it is intended to investigate the greenhouse energy requirements for different areas in Europe. A tool for auditing energy efficiency in greenhouses, a set of technical improvement measures and a guideline for the optimisation of energy consumption in European greenhouses will be developed and tested in several case studies taking into account current and upcoming European environmental legislation.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
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PASEGES VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER AND COOPERATIVE SCHOOL
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16, Kifisias Avenue
Athens
Greece

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Participants (26)

DANSK GARTNERI (DANISH HORTICULTURE)
Denmark
Address
Axelborg, Axeltorv 3
Copenhagen V

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HORTICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Bradbourne House
East Malling

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KAUPPAPUUTARHALIITTO RY
Finland
Address
Larin Kyöstin Tie 6
Helsinki

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MAGYAR ZOELDSEG-GYUEMOELCS SZAKMAKOEZI SZERVEZET ES TERMEKTANACS
Hungary
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35-43. St. Villanyi
Budapest

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EESTI AIANDUSLIT
Estonia
Address
J. Vilmsi 63a
Tallinn

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CONFEDERAZIONE GENERALE DELL' AGRICULTURA ITALIANA
Italy
Address
Corso Vittoria Emanuelle Ii, 101
Rome

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ASOCIACON DE COSECHEROS EXPORTADORES DE FRUTAS Y HORTALIZAS DE ALMEIDA
Spain
Address
Ctra. Ronda, N°11, 1°
Almeria

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TOMATO GROWERS' ASSOCIATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Pollards House, Pollards Nursery, Lake Lane
Barnham

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HONKASEN PUUTARHA OY
Finland
Address
Tiihalantie 21
Kangasala

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GAERTNEREI PAETZ
Germany
Address
Schiffdorfer Chaussee 214
Bremerhaven

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AGROCOMPONENTES, S.L.
Spain
Address
Ctra. Los Alcazares, Km. 2
Torre Pacheco (Murcia)

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FEC SERVICES LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth
Warwickshire

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GAERTNEREI HANS-JUERGEN SADOWSKI
Germany
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Gärtnerstr. 21
Bremerhaven

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VARPIO PUUTARHA OY
Finland
Address
Hankoniementie 640
Virkkala

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BIOAZUL S.L.
Spain
Address
Avda. Juan López Penalver, 21
Campanillas (Malaga)

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A. PEARSON & SONS
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Nurseries, Fields Farm, Green Lane, Aldereley Edge
Cheshire

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AGRONIN SRL
Romania
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4 Dacilor
Arad

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HEVI-KOLMIO OY
Finland
Address
Kirkkokallio 20
Honkajoki

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THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Denmark
Address
Buelowsvej 17
Frederiksberg C

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VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (VTT)
Finland
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
1000 Espoo

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WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT.
Netherlands
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Costerweg 50
Wageningen

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UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN TIMISOARA.
Romania
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Piata Victoriei, Nb 1
Timisoara

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UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA
Spain
Address
Carretera De Sacramento S/n, La Canada De San Urbano
Almeria

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UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE
United Kingdom
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College Lane
Hatfield, Herts

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EESTI POLLUMAJANDUSÜLIKOOL (ESTONIAN AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY)
Estonia
Address
Kreutzwaldi 64
Tartu

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VEREIN ZUR FÖRDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.
Germany
Address
An Der Karlstadt 10
Bremerhaven

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