Personal capacities needed for transitional co-operation in energy webs between glasshouses and non-horticultural counterparts in The Netherlands - three case studies

T. Vermeulen, W. Verkerke, P.C.M. Vermeulen, P.A. van Weel, E.H. Poot

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Abstract

Though technically and economically challenging, heat exchange between glasshouses and non-horticultural counterparts (here after called Energy Webs) has been shown to be viable based on two operational webs and a number of feasibility studies for different locations within The Netherlands. The organizational and cultural challenges for such cross-industry cooperation is however, more difficult to cross. So far there are two Energy Webs operational - Greenportkas Venlo (Greenport Glasshouse Venlo) and a Geothermic heat-grid in Pijnacker-Nootdorp. Wageningen UR has been involved in multiple initiatives over the past two years to understand and overcome the constraints in the cooperation process. Researchers performed action-based research by partnering in the two mentioned initiatives and a third unsuccessful initiative. This involvement was aimed at coaching the partners in the initiative with a focus on the participating grower, as well as gaining an understanding of the issues from the partners’ point of view. Energy webs challenge the growers involved both in their capacity as businessman and in the adaptation of their cultivation strategies that come with the new technology. Energy webs also challenge the facilitator involved to: (1) maintain network stability given the diversity of actors; (2) manage a transitional design process; and (3) manage knowledge mobility and appropriation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventISHS 28th International Horticulture Congress -
Duration: 22 Aug 201027 Aug 2010

Conference

ConferenceISHS 28th International Horticulture Congress
Period22/08/1027/08/10

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