First crop grown in ‘Chinese’ solar greenhouse in Holland

April 2017 saw the opening of the first Chinese-style solar greenhouse in the Netherlands, built for research and demonstration purposes. Equipped with high-grade Dutch technology, this solar greenhouse simulates the climate conditions of a typical greenhouse in China.

To fine-tune the equipment, the researchers have grown their first crop in the solar greenhouse, namely cucumbers. The young cucumber plants thrived thanks to the solar energy stored in a concrete wall. This resulted in a successful crop within the planned time frame.

Dutch innovation for Chinese solar greenhouse
The greenhouse is equipped with the latest Dutch technology such as a climate screen, hydroponics with an irrigation unit and a climate computer. Through demonstrations and experiments, Dutch suppliers will show how their technology can be aligned with Chinese conditions and will allow Chinese growers to increase production and crop quality.

At the moment, preparations are underway for the next crop. This will be a Chinese tomato variety to be planted in mid-August. Throughout the growing process, the climate data will be compared to a standard solar greenhouse in China (Shouguang). The greenhouse in the Netherlands is also open to visitors. You can schedule a visit through ‘Partners in International Business’. The solar greenhouse is located at Wageningen University & Research, next to the Delphy Improvement Centre, in the Dutch town of Bleiswijk.
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 project aims to strengthen the position of its members (Delphy, Wageningen University & Research, Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Ludvig Svensson, Ridder Drive Systems/HortiMaX) in China. It intends to do so by promoting their technology and demonstrating the advantages of using this technology and knowledge in China’s horticulture sector. The project is being funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Metropolitan Region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH). 

For more information or to make an appointment for a visit, please contact one of the partners in this project.

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