Solar thermal energy in horticulture

Solar thermal energy in horticulture

Introduction of Solar Thermal Energy System: Bosman Van Zaal introduces a solar thermal energy system designed to enhance greenhouse heating in equatorial high plains regions, including Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

Advantages in Different Regions: The system offers both cost savings and climate optimization for large-scale fruit and vegetable cultivation in Mexico and flower cultivation in Ecuador, Colombia, and East Africa.

System Features: Developed over 20 years, the system includes solar collectors, insulated containers, a heat storage buffer tank, and efficient water routing, with on-site installation and adjustability for maximum sunlight exposure.

Success Stories: Notable implementations include Green Crisp Farming in Namibia and Holland Orchids in Guatemala, where significant reductions in diesel consumption were achieved.

Bosman Van Zaal’s Expertise: With over a century of experience in international horticulture, Bosman Van Zaal offers advanced, sustainable cultivation technologies with a holistic approach.

Bosman Van Zaal’s Sustainable Innovation

Bosman Van Zaal, a leading entity in integrated horticulture solutions, has unveiled a ground-breaking solar thermal energy system. This technology is set to revolutionize greenhouse heating in various regions across Latin America and Central and East Africa, including Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. This move signifies a major step towards sustainable and cost-effective cultivation practices in these equatorial high plains.

Why Solar Thermal Energy Matters

In Mexico’s large-scale fruit and vegetable cultivation sector, the value of heating is well-recognized, primarily for gas savings. However, in regions like Ecuador, Colombia, and East Africa, particularly in flower cultivation, the potential of solar energy is yet to be fully tapped. The introduction of this technology by Bosman Van Zaal is not just about cost-effectiveness; it’s about enhancing the cultivation climate. Solar energy can improve crop yield and quality while mitigating conditions conducive to mold diseases, such as Botrytis, commonly triggered by “wetting”.

The Design and Impact of the BVZ System

Bosman Van Zaal’s solar thermal energy system, honed over two decades, boasts an impressive global footprint with over 15 projects and a collective collector area of 75,000 m². The system comprises solar collectors, insulated containers, a buffer tank for heat storage, and an efficient water routing mechanism. Tailored to each site, the system includes adjustable, movable installations for optimal solar exposure. This technology reflects a significant stride in sustainable cultivation, aligning with global environmental and economic objectives.

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