Higher pepper production under diffuse glass
For his new greenhouse, Dutch pepper grower Erik Gubbels opts for diffuse glass. "With diffuse glass I am expecting to get a higher pepper production as well. Due to the AR coating you get more light in and the spread of the light is also positive for the peppers," Gubbels explains.
There will be additional construction of 9 hectares at Dutch nursery Kwekerij Gubbels this fall. Ammerlaan Construction will start construction on September 1st and the greenhouse has to be closed on November 1st. Plants arrive February 1st and when the season starts, Gubbels will be able to harvest peppers off nearly thirty hectares.
- Growing more efficiently
Gubbels established itself in the Dutch greenhouse area Siberia in 2010. The company also has branches in Velden (4.2 hectares, peppers) and in Baarlo (2.5 ha, asparagus). Through the years the Siberian branch grew to 16 hectares and last year Gubbels saw the possibility to expand further. "Everything has to fall into place if you want to build. That happened last spring: The space was there and the market was favorable," says Erik Gubbels.
The new greenhouse will be built against the existing greenhouse. "Organisation wise, it is ideal. The sorting line can handle it and we can organise our labour more efficiently." The color to be planted in the greenhouse has not been decided yet. "We will be looking at that as part of our whole sales strategy."
- Diffuse glass
A striking feature of the new construction is the choice for diffuse glass. The expansion will be covered with Van Looveren’s new glass: TerraSol low Haze. "With diffuse glass I am expecting to get a higher pepper production as well. Due to the AR coating you get more light in and the spread of the light is also positive for the peppers," Gubbels explains.
Gubbels still heats his company in Siberia with CHP. This will change in the future. A bio heating plant is being built in the greenhouse area to create a sustainable energy source. "It's a nice combination to move to more sustainable in the future. And it’s also important for your marketing. The whole picture has to be right."