Ron van der Ploeg

Top tech companies honoured at GreenTech’s annual Innovation Awards

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: On the opening morning of its Live & Online event today (20 October), GreenTech celebrated its annual awards ceremony. An international advisory committee and panel of expert judges handed out awards in three categories: Innovation, Sustainability and Concept with ISO Grade 8000 by ISO Group, Nexus High-Performance Reverse Osmosis by Van der Ende Groep and CELINE by CE-Line BV being the winners respectively.

Chairwoman Liselotte de Vries (TU Delft AgTech Institute) explains: “The 3 winning innovations looked beyond their own organisation and clearly illustrated how their innovation is expected to disrupt the entire chain. The presentations and statements were backed up with numbers/figures. Working with partners was also a parameter that helped the winners to higher grades. The winners introduced a new approach or concept, while others improved existing practices”.

ISO Grade 8000 from ISO Group scooped up the GreenTech Innovation Award. The ISO Grade 8000 is a machine that is able to sort young plants based on Artificial Intelligence and 3D imaging. With the newest techniques in AI the grower is able to sort on a lot of different characteristics of the plant which makes the sorting process way more accurate and with the unique gripper technique it is possible to pick up young plants and replace them in an empty tray.

The GreenTech Sustainability Award went to Nexus High Performance Reverse Osmosis from Van der Ende Groep. The Nexus High Performance Reverse Osmosis (HPRO) is a water desalination system that uses less energy and gives a higher recovery rate than a conventional RO system, using smart machining technology. It makes use of the water source in a more efficient and responsible way, resulting in lower consumption of raw water and less waste water.

CELINE from CE-Line BV won the GreenTech Concept Award. With this device, the irrigation water can be adjusted as wanted. All nutrients are measured continuously, real-time, with CELINE. This real-time data, combined with an individual nutrient dosing system makes it possible to create the ideal irrigation water which is always stable and controllable, no matter the circumstances. CELINE allows for 5 per cent yield increase, improves crop quality, reduces water and fertilizers and has remote control.

The jury of the GreenTech Innovation Awards 2020 consists of:

  • Liselotte de Vries (Chairwoman), TU Delft AgTech Institute (Netherlands)
  • Silke Hemming, Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands)
  • Peter Zwinkels, Tecknokas (Netherlands)
  • Mark Durno, Rockstart (United Kingdom)
  • Perry van Adrichem, Horti-Tech B.V. (Netherlands)
  • Wolfgang Steiner, Gemüsebau Steiner GmbH & Co KG (Germany)

The jury’s advisory committee consists of:

  • Brian Sparks, Greenhouse Grower (USA)
  • Leonardo Capitanio, Vivai Capitanio (Italy)
  • Enrico Verhoef, Total Greenhouse Service (Mexico)
  • Christoph Geissler, TASPO, Haymarket Media (Germany)

Interested in GreenTech Live & Online? Please visit greentech.nl for more information and to register.

GreenTech Amsterdam will be held from Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 June 2021. The exhibition is a global meeting place for all horticultural technology professionals. GreenTech focuses on the early stages of the horticultural chain and the current issues growers face. All Dutch front runners, greenhouse builders and suppliers are present. In 2019, a total of 12,489 professionals from 114 countries visited GreenTech Amsterdam. GreenTech is supported by AVAG, the industry association for the greenhouse technology sector in the Netherlands.

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