Official opening of Chinese-style solar greenhouse in the Netherlands

12th April 2017 saw the official opening of a Chinese-style solar greenhouse at the Wageningen University & Research Centre, next to the Delphy Improvement Centre, in the Dutch town of Bleiswijk. This solar-heated greenhouse, equipped with high-grade technology, simulates the climate conditions of a typical greenhouse in China. The research being conducted in the greenhouse will allow Dutch suppliers to better align their innovative technology with the local needs and conditions in China. Using this technology, Chinese growers will be able to dramatically improve crop quality and yields.

The Chinese-style solar greenhouse uses a concrete wall to retain heat from the sun. The researchers will grow vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes in the greenhouse. The first crop that will be grown is cucumber. The performance of the greenhouse will be compared with that of solar greenhouses in China. The greenhouse is equipped with Dutch technology such as a climate screen, hydroponics with an irrigation system, and a climate control computer. Through demonstrations and experiments, Dutch suppliers will aim to show how their technology can be used to increase production and crop quality in a Chinese growing environment.

Promoting Dutch technology
This project was set up by Partners in International Business’ (PIB), a group of leading Dutch horticultural companies and knowledge institutes operating in the Chinese market. The aim of the project is to strengthen the position of the group's members, including Ridder Drive Systems and HortiMaX, by promoting Dutch technology and demonstrating the benefits of using this technology and knowledge in China's current horticulture sector. The project is funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH). 

Official opening on 12 April 2017
The official opening of this unique project took place on 12th April at the greenhouse location of Wageningen University & Research and the Delphy Improvement Centre in the Dutch town of Bleiswijk. Keynote speakers were the King’s Commissioner for the province of South Holland Jaap Smit, Chairman of Topsector Horticulture and Planting Materials Loek Hermans, Commercial Advisor of the Chinese embassy Zhang Guosheng, and Alderman of Lansingerland and MRDH chairman Albert Abee. The opening was for invited guests only.

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