Next Generation Growing (NGG) was first introduced to the Dutch greenhouse industry in the early 2000s by the Dutch Cooperative Grower Association. Although NGG is mostly associated with energy savings, the primary goal is to optimize plant growth by improving greenhouse climate conditions. Substantial energy savings are regarded as a bonus rather than a goal.
In the Netherlands, organizers of NGG have launched an intensive educational program, which has allowed hundreds of Dutch growers and consultants to become educated and trained to expand their knowledge of physics and plant physiology. By applying the principles of NGG, they improve their results and minimize energy costs at the same time.
Hoogendoorn has been involved in NGG research since 2006, and the company recently published a whitepaper that provides background and applications of Next Generation Growing methods. The whitepaper, titled “Plant Empowerment: Optimizing Growth Climate by Steering the Plant’s Balances,” covers the balance between energy and water within the plant, as well as five control factors that can have a major influence on these balances.
Download the white paper here.