Project Glitch

Project GLITCH: Glastuinbouw Innoveert door Co-creatie met koolstofarme Hightech

Partners: Test Station for Vegetable Cultivation togetherHoogstraten Experimental Center, Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research, Thomas More campus Geel, University of Antwerp, Ghent University, Blue Engineering, Bluehub, Innoveins, Maurice Kassenbouw, EMS and Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo.

Type of project: Interreg Flanders-The Netherlands

Duration: 1/05/2018 - 31/05/2021

Contactperson :  J.K. Boerman

Short summary: In addition to a strong agrofood sector, the border region Flanders - the Netherlands also has a very strong high-tech sector. However, many high-tech products do not meet the needs of growers, are not yet applicable in market products, are not market-driven or competitive, and are not sufficiently eco-efficient in terms of CO2 reduction. Greenhouse horticulture companies in the border region need innovation to maintain their top position in Europe. Growers, technology companies, research institutes and customers / clients co-create innovations with realistic market potential in this project. The focus here is on innovations that increase energy efficiency in greenhouse horticulture or that are energy-neutral themselves. GLITCH will focus on the innovation process itself: How can companies achieve successful, low-carbon innovation through co-creation with relevant stakeholders throughout the industry? The following concrete innovation projects that are climate-efficient or neutral are included: Energy-efficient lighting techniques in tomato and lettuce Energy-efficient cultivation systems in strawberry and cucumber Use of low-value heat Use of CO2 while maintaining air quality Plasma technology for energy-efficient nitrogen production Energy-balancing day screens Energy-balancing night screens Development of a vapor heat pump for dehumidification. During this process, a roadmap will be developed to help greenhouse horticulture companies to bring a co-creative and low-carbon innovation into a market-compliant, competitive and profitable end product or process. This roadmap will then be actively communicated and promoted in the greenhouse horticulture sector and, by extension, by all companies that want to undertake sustainable and innovative co-creation. This project was approved and subsidized by support from the European Regional Development Fund of the Interreg Flanders-The Netherlands program.

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