Smart Green

Greenhouse production of fresh fruit, vegetables and ornamentals is a successful, innovative component of the North Sea Region (NSR) economy with an output of €9 billion a year and directly employing more than 500,000 people. It embraces more than 10,000 SMEs and a large high technology supply chain. It helps provide sustainable, healthy, and nutritious diets to consumers.

However, all producers in the North Sea Region are facing similar challenges, including a high reliance on energy, water, and a low uptake of renewables. Eco-innovations in new or improved control methods/services to reduce the use of resources (energy, water and chemicals) and decreases CO2 emission are needed.

In this programme we will use novel Big Data analysis combined with practical demonstrations in SMEs securing a leap towards a greener, sustainable, and more energy efficient (by 10%) production system. Delivery requires a transnational collaboration to synthesize leading competences and to build new ways of linking SMEs to the greening action.

SmartGreen connects experienced research groups and SMEs to create a strong synergy to promote the greening of the North Sea Region industry. By fostering innovative eco-enterprise, we can maintain the North Sea Regions economic growth whilst generating significant environmental benefits: less pollution, lower emissions, and longer-lasting use of resources. The transnational nature of these projects will stimulate the development and adoption of eco-friendly and low-carbon products, green services and processes in greenhouses in the North Sea Region.

Project Period:

 July 1st, 2017 to April 30th, 2021

Total budget:

3,259,847 €

Funding:

European Regional Developement Fund - North Sea Region

Research Institutions:

Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Center for Energy Informatics, University of Southern Denmark
Hochschule Osnabrück, Germany
TNO, Holland
Norsk Institutt for Bioøkonomi, Norway
University of Lincoln, UK
Landwirthschaftkammer Niedersachsen, Hannover-Ahlem, Germany
Provinciaal proefcentrum voor de Groenteteelt Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Proefcentrum voor Sierteelt, Belgium

Other partners:

Knud Jepsen, Denmark
Urban crops, Belgium
Potplantenkwerkerij Dirk Mermans, Belgium

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