TNO is working on open innovations in horticulture. By using our knowledge in the field of CO2 techniques Geothemie and water cycle or greenhouse structures to implement a comprehensive solution, we help the customer to realize economic and social impact and maintain its international lead sector.
TNO is developing the new greenhouse concepts in cooperation with Dutch greenhouse builders and their suppliers. The glass greenhouse is today an exceptional Dutch export item. No less than 80% of all glass greenhouses currently in use outside of Europe come from the Netherlands.
TNO is working with businesses to develop the System Integration and Optimisation Model (SIOM), a decision-making support model that helps in finding the optimum design.
Reducing the variations leads to higher yields, improved quality and lower heating costs - also in greenhouses with active ventilation. TNO is working on a model that identifies local differences in flows, temperature, humidity and concentrations of substances, and invites entrepreneurs to participate in the development process.
The vast majority of greenhouses with a glass roof and glass walls are designed with the help of CASTA/Greenhouse, a software programme developed by TNO in collaboration with companies in the sector.
- Innovative solution to store rainwater on greenhouse roofs
- Less risk of flooding
- Collection of more rainwater in the storage basin
Partners: Royal Haskoning DHV and Demokwekerij Westland
- Advanced facilities for theoretical and experimental study of the
storm resistance of greenhouse systems
- Adoptation of greenhouse coverings for specific climate and
Unique test method and over 30 years’ experience to assess the risk of hail damage on plastics, glass and metal roofing materials for horticultural greenhouses.
The Aquatop greenhouse has been designed and developed by TNO in cooperation with project partners KEMA and the companies Ideeuwes and Bosvariant. The design incorporates a Smartdek, a greenhouse cover for flat-roofed greenhouses that has thermal and optical properties.
The RESFOOD project will have a great impact on the resource efficiency in food production and processing, by big saving and recovery of water, nutrients, energy and recovery of valuable materials from raw agricultural materials.