New Dutch research glasshouse optimised for winter growing

Wageningen University & Research is building a demonstration "winter light glasshouse" (Winterlichtkas) that it says will transmit 10 per cent more light to the crop.

Image: Wageningen UR Glastuinbouw
Image: Wageningen UR Glastuinbouw

The new structure, being built at WUR's Bleiswijk site north of Rotterdam, is glazed with SmartGlass, a diffuse glass with higher light transmission. It also features a new screening system in a W-formation, from Ludvig Svensson of Sweden, and an Air in Control climate system from glasshouse constructor Bom Group.

It will house a number of trials and research projects, including a new growing regime for cucmber next winter, and will be presented at next week's GrreenTech trade show in Amsterdam by Bom.

The Winterlichtkas project is a partnership between Wageningen, Bom, Svensson, Bayer Cropscience and Glascom Horticulture, and is supported by the Dutch government.

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