ModulAIR is the result of continued development of the closed greenhouse design. Van der Hoeven has created their own semi-closed design in which the problems of the closed greenhouses were solved and an optimal balance between traditional and future was found.
ModulAIR is the semi-closed greenhouse system from Van der Hoeven.
The benefits of a ModulAIR greenhouse:
• a better controlled climate in the greenhouse
• optimal use of energy and CO2
• minimal use of pesticides
• better crop quality
• sustainable production
A combination of these factors leads to a higher return on your investment. By adjusting ModulAIR step by step to the demands of the crop, the local climate, and the availability and the cost of energy, the client chooses the ideal composition of the different elements. In some geographical areas, dehumidifying alone will be sufficient to achieve good results. In other cases, cooling will be of essential importance.
Read our ModulAIR flyer to find out more about the semi-closed greenhouse system from Van der Hoeven.
The planet’s reserves of fossil fuels are gradually being exhausted, and alternative energy sources are increasingly being sought. Solar energy can be an appealing alternative to fossil fuels. With our solar greenhouse NOVI-SOL, we have created proven, innovative solutions and have been able to flexibly build on new technological developments. The solar panels are perfectly integrated within the roof construction of the greenhouse, resulting in maximum efficiency and energy yield.
Hygroscopic Adiabatic Cooling (HACo)
With the development of HACo, a major, practical step has been made towards the cultivation of plants and crops in horticultural greenhouses in tropical climates. With this, we as a sector are better able to facilitate the growth of a worldwide horticulture industry. The main problem with humid climates is the extremely high-energy consumption required for condensing the moisture from the air, and it is the reuse of this latent energy that makes HACo so innovative. HACo has significantly broadened the range of climates in which ModulAIR (semi-closed) horticultural greenhouses can be deployed. Where HACo is added to the ModulAIR system, the interior climate can be treated and controlled with the precision of a semi-closed system, despite the higher air humidity and more challenging nature of the tropical environment. What’s more, the system runs predominantly on heat as energy, which allows energy sources such as biomass power plants to be used, with only a small amount of additional electrical power required for the other components.
The unique character of HACo within the ModulAIR system manifests itself through:
The poly greenhouses from Van der Hoeven, manufactured by partner Van den Heuvel, have been designed in accordance with the strict European greenhouse standards, and have a flexible shell. The steel structure is hot-dip galvanized (HDG), and steel and aluminium profiles are used for securing the film. The poly greenhouses have the perfect roof pitch, which prevents the condensate water from falling on the plants.
By using the latest films, an exceptionally good ventilation capacity is realized, which ensures a better climate for the plants. One of the most popular types of film is the F clean, known for its long lifespan and its ability to allow maximum UV light transmission.