Smart microgrid powers vital Dutch horticultural firm

Smart Grid specialists, Alfen, have installed a smart microgrid for Koppert Biological Systems, a global player in biological control in horticulture.

The Dutch firm selected Alfen to supply a smart microgrid for the energy supply to their new facilities. Koppert Biological Systems was recently ranked number one in the Hillenraad100, a list of most prominent companies in the Netherlands’ horticulture sector.
Alfen smart microgrid
At Berkel and Rodenrijs, the Netherlands, Koppert Biological Systems is building a production facility of approximately three hectares for the production of biological pest controls.

This facility will contribute to Koppert’s goal of working towards 100% sustainable agriculture and horticulture worldwide. The facility will be built in two phases. The first
part is planned to be in operation in the Autumn of 2018 and the second part in 2019.

Alfen will deliver a local energy grid with a power of 10 MW to facilitate the energy supply to Koppert’s new facility. The microgrid will be connected to the central power grid and will include an Automatic Emergency Power functionality for situations of central grid outages. After the central power grid has been restored, the emergency power can automatically switch back to grid operation without voltage loss.

Richard Jongsma, Commercial Director at Alfen says: “The greenhouse horticulture sector is undergoing enormous innovations and growth. This results in many new challenges for the electricity grid, which Alfen is well-equipped to address. We are proud to be applying our vast experience with smart microgrids in the greenhouse sector for this leading company.”

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