Growing Vegetables Under an Efficient Energetic Cover

The challenge of Growing Vegetables in Belarus Below minus 30°C
January 10, 2018
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Recently, Azrom has successfully completed the development and delivery of a glass greenhouse project in Belarus.This greenhouse project was initiated by the electric company in Belarus after deciding to construct an agricultural project adjoining the power station in the Vitebsk region and thereby exploit the power station's hot water for its complete energetic coverage.

The "Azrom" Company submitted a successful proposal that won the tender to build the glass greenhouses covering an area of 4.5 hectares, including a wide range of auxiliary systems. Thanks to its experience in the global industry and competitive prices it overcame the high entry threshold and very stringent conditions, as well as the serious competition.   
 Although the actual construction of the project was not a difficult undertaking there were several challenging complexities such as the severe weather conditions prevailing throughout most of the year that required greenhouses, which constitute an intensive growing area in a fully controlled micro-climatic environment.




A local engineering institution in Belarus outlined in more or less general terms the project's demands, which included the requirement to grow plants 365 days a year.
To meet this challenge Azrom chose the equipment and ensured that only the best quality systems available would be used. This achievement was a team effort involving Boyan Dulitz, project manager at the site and the relevant departments at Azrom, who demonstrated the Company's superior engineering capability on all levels. The Company's staff also trained the local farmers to implement the project to gain the maximum advantage and will continue to guide them for as long as necessary.  



Thanks to the availability of hot water from the power station, the full coverage of heating the project was planned to the extent of almost 19 MW using heat interchangers.  Planning the above solution does of course require outstanding experts who can adjust the equipment to the supply source, flow rates, temperatures and water quality. Here too Azrom's team had to cope with the project's demands and challenges while demonstrating considerable flexibility and creativity (engineering of the highest order and at a cost to yield a reasonable profit margin).  
The additional planning requirements in this very cold region included a tank for storing 1,500 tons of hot water to collect the surplus energy from the CO2 production process, artificial lighting at various levels depending on the specific crop growing there, all designed to increase the photosynthesis process.

The company's success in meeting this complex challenge in Belarus has led to additional applications to Azrom for proposals to set up similar projects in Belarus and the neighboring countries with comparable climatic conditions.


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