What do Greenhouses and Datacenters have in common?

Presented by Jeroen Burks, Founder, Blockheating

They both have a “Heat” issue. The greenhouse needs is, the datacenter want’s to get rid of it… How can we fix this?

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What drives you?
I hate in when we throw away things that are in a good condition, simply because we don’t need it anymore. For the past 5 years I have being working with residual product streams in the IT business.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
IT hardware and greenhouses are two completely different branches, yet there are possibilities for cooperation. When we zoom in on the possible cooperation we find a match made in heaven. The presentation will mainly focus on this match, but also pays attention on the things you can find when looking outside of your standard environment.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Short term: For the Netherlands specific: finding alternative heat sources to gas. In general I think that technology can help us with the labor intensity of horticulture.
On the long term Machine learning/AI will help to increase revenue’s and predict the plants’ needs.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Greenhouses in the Netherlands are mainly heated with natural gas. With 8% of the national gas usage, this is a major industry. In the Paris agreement of 2018 the dutch government has pledged to go gas-less by 2050. The horticulture sector however pledged to do this by 2040. For the greenhouses, this is a radical shift in their infrastructure, as they need to find alternative heating sources.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?

Special Quote
Synergy starts with finding out what you can give to the other party, not what you need!

About Jeroen Burks
Entrepreneur with a passion for technology. Started with Applied physics but eventually found the business side of technology even more interesting. The past years I recycled and re-used IT hardware, which gave me a insight into the world of datacenters.

About Blockheating
We use the residual heat from datacenters as a heating source for greenhouses. In order to achieve this, we manufacture and operate compact datacenters with a focus on heat re-use. Datacenters are placed in the vicinity of the greenhouse to minimize the losses.

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