"I am a believer that technology will take us many steps further"

Technology will play a crucial role in international greenhouse horticulture in the coming years. But for those innovative tools to be successful, a different mindset is also needed of the people who create those innovations and the people who have to work with them. That was one of the important messages that emerged during GreenTech Live & Online.

Over 6,300 horticulture professionals signed up for the virtual show GreenTech Live & Online on 20, 21 and 22 October. From a live studio, thought leaders and market experts discussed the latest trends and developments on technology and innovation in horticulture. Attendees from 107 countries watched 53 knowledge sessions with 121 speakers. They talked about new developments in autonomous growing, vertical farming and cannabis, but also questions such as ‘how to feed the world?’ were discussed. 

Smart processing technology
The event started with the prestigious GreenTech Innovation Award. Nominees in three categories heard how this year’s winners were also announced online. Van der Ende Group won in the category Sustainability with the Nexus High Performance Reverse Osmosis (HPRO). It is a water desalination system that consumes less energy and delivers a higher recovery rate than a conventional system, using smart processing technology. It uses the water source more efficient and responsible, resulting in less raw water consumption and less wastewater.

In the category Concept, the award went to Sensor Factory with CELINE. With this product, the irrigation water can be adjusted as desired. All nutrients are measured continuously, in real time, with CELINE. This real-time data, combined with an individual nutrient dosing system, makes it possible to create the ideal irrigation water that is always stable and controllable, regardless of the circumstances. The result: 5% more yield, improved crop quality and reduced water and fertilization.

Read more at GreenTech (Jacco Strating)

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