Dutch tech firms dominate GreenTech award shortlist

A shortlist of nominees, all but two of them Dutch, has been announced for the GreenTech Innovation Award 2016, to be awarded at the international event in Amsterdam next month.

Dijkhuizen with 2014 GreenTech overall Innovation Award winners Peter Zwinkels of Technokas and Ted Duijvestijn of Duijvestijn Tomatoes - image:HW
Dijkhuizen with 2014 GreenTech overall Innovation Award winners Peter Zwinkels of Technokas and Ted Duijvestijn of Duijvestijn Tomatoes - image:HW

The international jury selected 15 from 73 entries across three categories of production, equipment and automation solutions. One of these three category winners will then be named overall winner, with the Awards will presented during the show's opening on 14 June.

Jury chairman and former Wageningen University & Research president Aalt Dijkhuizen said: "We are very pleased with both number and quality of the applications for the GreenTech Innovation Award 2016. It shows the high level of innovation in the greenhouse horticulture sector."

Shortlisted in the Production category are:

  • RootmaXX by Saint-Gobain Cultilene - a new stone wool cube which claims to give a 5-25 per cent higher root mass thanks to a newly patented fibre technology.
  • ISO Cutting and Planting robot 1800 by ISO Group - which automatically analyses the geometry of a stem, cut the stem to the right length and plants it in a pot.
  • ISO Plantsampler by ISO group - which automates the gathering of DNA material from the leaves of trial seedlings.
  • GrowCoon by Maan BioBased Products - a biodegradable plug casing which help keeps the root ball together.
  • Biospreader by Royal Brinkman - which provides a uniform distribution of predatory mites in the crop.

Shortlisted in the Equipment category are:

  • 2SaveEnergy covering by 2SaveEnergy - a twin-skinned glasshouse covering claimed to combine high insulation and light transmission with an affordable price.
  • Triton Bioreactor by Van der Ende Groep - a biological treatment which yields clean irrigation water rich in oxygen and microbial biodiversity.
  • AntiReflect by Mardenkro - a glass treatment which can be applied to existing greenhouses.
  • NUF water recycling by NUFiltration (Israel) - which enables purification of irrigation water without use of chemicals, thermal or biological treatments.
  • Deleafing Robot by Priva - which uses innovative vision technology and mechatronics to remove leaves from tomato plants automatically.
  • ValkScreenVision by Van der Valk Horti Systems - a quick, clean and safe system for inserting glasshous screens.

Shortlisted in the Automation Solutions category, with one remaining undisclosed, are:

  • Paskal Growth Analyser by Paskal Technologies (Israel) - a wireless weighing system to continuously monitor plant growth in the glasshouse.
  • C.H.I.M.P (Crop Health & Information Monitoring Platform) by Phenokey - which measures control and plant health parameters for remote monitoring and decision support.
  • HortiMaX-Go! by Ridder Hortimax Group - a user-friendly and affordable horticultural computer for controlling both greenhouse climate and irrigation.
All nominated products will be on display at the event's InnovationLAB.

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