Renewables and greenhouses team up to grow fruits and vegetables


With its coastline buffeted by the chilly waters of the North Sea, it’s perhaps counterintuitive to think of the Netherlands as a place that cultivates large amounts of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

Thanks in large part to its widespread adoption of greenhouse technology, however, it does. The sight of these structures, with their glass and aluminum glinting in the sun, is a common one across the country.

“Greenhouses are just as Dutch as wooden shoes, as tulips,” Marc Middeldorp, manager for design and engineering at Van Der Hoeven, a firm that specializes in horticultural developments, told CNBC’s Sustainable Energy. “It’s a cliché, but it’s true,” he added.

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