Michiel Schoenmaeckers, recently appointed CEO of Van der Hoeven: “A design, build and operate contract of this scale is unprecedented in the industry and thus we are very pleased to have been selected. As Van der Hoeven, we have a rich tradition in creating sustainable horticultural solutions to the highest technical and environmental standards. The scope of this contract allows us to realize and demonstrate the latest technologies, with the aim of bringing the horticultural industry forward on a global scale in terms of carbon neutral climate control, efficient water management and A.I.-driven crop growing and harvesting.”
The two facilities are built in different climate zones and will serve as commercial scale pilots to optimize technological configurations. In one location a novel solar and seawater driven cooling system will be introduced to operate the greenhouse throughout the extreme summer heat without making use of fossil fuels or putting a strain on local energy grids.
The contract entails design and construction of the two facilities covering a combined area of over 110,000 square meters, and the service to operate and maintain both facilities for a span of multiple years.
About Van der Hoeven
Van der Hoeven is a global leader in the design, construction and operation of horticultural infrastructure. The company focuses specifically on tailored solutions with a reduced footprint of produce concerning carbon dioxide, pesticides and water. The company continuously invests in R&D to strengthen its propositions.
Arvesta, a full service provider for farmers and growers, became shareholder of Van der Hoeven in 2020. Thanks to its unique expertise and innovative smart-farming solutions, Arvesta is building sustainably on the agriculture of the future. The company is the market leader in Belgium and is internationally active with branches in the Netherlands, France and Germany.
The partnership with Arvesta allows Van der Hoeven to accelerate towards its mission to provide a sustainable taste anywhere.
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