Knook Energy Solutions International introduced a range of products to increase efficiency in glasshouses. The SQ2 system purifies boiler exhaust gases, removing ethylene and nitrogen oxide; a waste-to-CO2 process converts biomass into electricity, CO2 and heat; and another process converts waste plastic into diesel. According to project manager Bram Schoenmaker: "These can be combined to make it more interesting for the grower."
Synprodo has introduced BioFoam, which it said is the first biodegradable alternative to EPS (ex-panded polystyrene). The product line is still in development, but a packing box and bedding plant tray are in production.
Newcastle-based horticultural sundries manufacturer Tyne Moulds has launched a tree tie that allows larger container-grown stock to be securely supported by wires without chafing, while allowing plants to sway. According to company owner Ramy Zack: "Barcham Trees is already using the ties and there have been no complaints yet."
Oerlemans Plastics launched a range of horticultural films made from maize starch. According to sales manager Gert-Jan van Baardwijk: "We've had a lot of queries about it. Right now only around one per cent of horticultural film is biodegradable and about five per cent of our production. But within 10 to 15 years it will all be because of the stock of oil. It's still five to six times more expensive but you can dig it into the ground afterwards."