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GE to Provide Its Jenbacher Gas Engine Greenhouse Technology and Asset Performance Management Solution to Belgium Horticulture Customer

• GE Will Provide Den Berk Délice with Three of Its Jenbacher J624 4.5-Megawatt Gas Engines and Greenhouse Balance of Plant
• Through Multiyear Service Agreement, GE Will Connect Den Berk’s Jenbacher Gas Engines to Its myPlant Asset Performance Management Solution
• GE’s Flexible Jenbacher Technology Serves as Bridge to Renewable Energy

With Belgium’s goal to transition to 100 percent renewables by 2050, there is a stronger focus on flexibility in the power market and an increased need for small distributed power plants. Helping to meet this need, GE’s Distributed Power (NYSE: GE) business today announced that it will provide three of its Jenbacher* gas engines and greenhouse balance of plant to Den Berk Délice’s greenhouses in Belgium. Through a multiyear service agreement, the gas engines also will be connected to GE’s myPlant* Asset Performance Management (APM) platform.

“For more than a decade, we have been relying on GE’s Jenbacher gas engine solutions and services to power our multiple greenhouses. Our longstanding relationship with GE continues to grow, and we rely on its proven technology and deep domain expertise. GE’s gas engines provide a bridge to renewable energy and are helping us do our part to help meet Belgium’s renewable energy goals,” said Luc Beirinckx, owner, Den Berk Délice. “The flexibility of GE’s Jenbacher technology allows it to be activated during periods of low renewable power supply or tariff spikes, while conversely being able to be curtailed quickly during periods of high feed-ins of renewable energy or low energy prices.”

GE will provide a total of three of its Jenbacher J624, 4.5-megawatt (MW) gas engines, connected to the myPlant APM platform. One of the units was installed at Den Berk in Merksplas in November 2017, one will be installed at Den Horst in Merksplas in August, and one will be installed at Luc Beirinckx BVBA in Herentals in September. Currently, GE has an installed base of 27 MW at Den Berk’s greenhouses, and this project will add an additional 13.5 MW of power. GE’s high-efficiency cogeneration Jenbacher gas engines will use natural gas to provide heat and power to Den Berk’s greenhouse complex and carbon dioxide (CO2) to fertilize the tomatoes plants. The result of continuous enhancements and extensive experience, GE’s Jenbacher Type 6 gas engines have a 1,500-rpm engine speed, which results in a high power density with low installation costs, and its pre-combustion chamber achieves high efficiency with low emissions.

“GE’s Jenbacher Type 6 gas engines offer fuel utilization levels of around 100 percent including the condensation heat of the exhaust gases, which provides Den Berk with a time-independent and high-quality supply of CO2 for fertilization of the tomato plants as well as heat and power for the greenhouse and to the grid,” said Norbert Hetebrüg, regional sales director covering Western Europe including Germany and Central Eastern Europe for GE’s Distributed Power business. “In addition, Den Berk’s Jenbacher gas engines—and about 1,250 other Jenbacher gas engines installed in greenhouse applications around the globe—are monitored around the clock at GE’s Greenhouse Center of Excellence in the Netherlands. Many of them are using our myPlant APM solution for gas engines where engineers collect data that helps them calculate each plant’s operational state and foretell potential service events.”

GE’s myPlant APM solution for gas engines is a digital internet solution aimed at improving uptime and efficiency, reducing life cycle costs and driving operating performance and profitability. It provides a set of tools for advanced data management, predictive analytics, troubleshooting and remote control to reduce maintenance costs of customers’ power plants. The myPlant APM platform uses secure, centralized cloud storage to collect the data from customers’ Jenbacher gas engines, drive equipment and balance of plant by regularly transmitting sensor data streams, control alarms and operational data. Depending on the myPlant package and access level, customers and service providers are provided with several capabilities from basic visibility to their fleets to advanced monitoring and analytics-enabled diagnostic capabilities.

GE’s Jenbacher gas engines provide a powerful solution for greenhouses by using natural gas to not only provide electricity for on-site power or to the public grid, but also for heat and CO2 to fertilize the plants and meet the requirements of an efficient greenhouse. By increasing the intensity of the artificial lighting that is found in some greenhouses, plants absorb even more CO2. The cogeneration process also produces an incredible amount of heat, which non-greenhouses use to keep their buildings warm or incorporate into parts of their operations.

“One of the main advantages of GE’s Jenbacher units is that they produce nearly 1.8 kilograms of CO2 per cubic meter of natural gas during the process. With CO2 being a major ingredient in plant production, greenhouses can pump it into their buildings and boost crop efficiency by as much as 140 percent. Therefore, by using our Jenbacher gas engine technology, growers can boost crops, store heat, sell surplus energy and run these flexible engines at all times,” added Hetebrüg.

The two Jenbacher J624 gas engines at Berk Délice (Den Berk) of Merksplas, Antwerpen, are an important milestone in the more than 10 years of collaboration between the company and GE. Ten climate-friendly Jenbacher gas engines are already in operation at the company’s greenhouse.

* Indicates a trademark of the General Electric Company.

About Den Berk Délice
With a total surface area of 44 hectares of tomato cultivation, Den Berk Délice markets and innovates delicious quality tomatoes throughout the year. Den Berk is the most reliable, full-service specialist dedicated to growing, marketing and innovating delicious, top-quality tomatoes. Driven by enormous passion, the company grows scrumptious top-class tomatoes and develops great concepts. As a dependable partner, Den Berk’s ambition is to let its customers enjoy tomatoes 365 days a year.

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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