For the past two years, growers of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers have been rapidly switching to a double climate screen solution, influenced by higher gas prices and government tax incentives. Growers can choose from various options: a double energy screen, a combination of a blackout screen and energy screen, or a solution with an extra summer screen. The energy savings can be up to 70%.
Behind the screens: The Golden Library
Behind the screens at Svensson there is a library of samples of knitted shade screens stretching back over the decades. Magnus Hallin carefully curates each sample, which may represent a breakthrough or a misstep, years of work and testing, and vital knowledge to apply to research and innovation.
In conversation with... Rob Baan
Rob Baan is a key figure in the Dutch horticultural sector and the founder of Koppert Cress, a leading company in the cultivation of microgreens and edible flowers. He calls for greater pride and awareness within the sector and highlights sustainability and energy efficiency as crucial areas of innovation. Rob shares his vision on the energy transition, with a focus on ambitious goals and the potential of hydrogen.
Project highlighted: Satter Orchids
In the world of orchid cultivation, Satter Orchids is a name known for its commitment to innovation. They recently replaced 3 out of 5 hectares of greenhouse space with new climate screens. The majority of this 3 hectares is equipped with three Svensson screens, with PARperfect as an important part of the screen installation. The installation was carried out by Huisman Screen Systems.
Energy savings of ClimaFlow with Luxous and Obscura led to complete rethink of Neurath’s energy needs
For many years, the Neurath power plant was the second-largest lignite-fired power plant in Europe in terms of gross electrical output. When the two power plant units F and G were commissioned in the fall of 2011, the Neurath growers in the shadow of units A to E were already a few months into the tomato harvest in their new, 11-hectare greenhouse.
Behind the screens with Paul Arena
"I love visiting greenhouse operations," says Svensson's Paul Arena on a visit to the Swedish HQ of the company. It was a chance to see the tradition, the polymer science and the knowledge behind Svensson shade cloth, energy screens, nets and ventilation systems in Netherlands and Sweden.
In conversation with... Peter Klapwijk
Kicking back and switching off in his retirement is not for Peter Klapwijk. Horticulture is his passion. He loves it. Klapwijk calls himself a people person – an attentive observer, listener, creative thinker and strategist. “I look, think and feel along with an organization, the market developments affecting it, as well as innovations and the cultivation processes,” he says.
You may grow in a hot region but is clear-night-radiation stealing critical quality and profitability
On a clear day in a region where it's hot, there's a threat to the health and vitality of your crop hiding in the open. The open sky itself can steal a critical cut of crop production, and harm the canopy with infection. Learn how, and get the data, on the difference a movable shade cloth can make.
Increasing the temperature of a traditional sloping-roof greenhouse with Harmony climate screen
Corne Brooijmans, a plant grower from Plantas de Andalucia, tells us how they deal with the low winter temperatures after incorporating our thermal and shade screen.
In celebration of the growers who make Independence Day in Mexico so delicious
Shade for the greenhouse, ventilation and insect protection along with the dedication of growers and pickers working under extreme conditions make Independence Day feasts in Mexico possible. This is our tasty Independence Day page celebrating our favorite recipe and all the growers that work so hard to give us the peppers, tomatoes and chilis we need for Día de la Independencia to feel so special.
The right shade and light for extreme heat at Little Prince of Oregon
Imagine your goal is to produce the most beautiful house plants anyone ever received. Your offer to customers is to reliably provide them with rare, sensitive varieties while also managing a sustainable growing operation. Now, imagine you set out to do all that in a region that experienced 119°F in 2021 and can reach –15°F in the winter. Welcome to Mark Leichty’s world.
Project highlighted: Nursery Jami
Progressive. That is the word that exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and cultivation strategy of Nursery Jami, or Michel Zwinkels. For example, he was the first Dutch vine tomato grower to switch to LED lighting - with better tomatoes and more production as a result. Together with Oxin Growers, he recently had Luxous Light FR installed by SchermNed.