The developments in the world of horticulture transforms this business continuously. Innovations in automation, but also in the area for mechanisation and techniques are applying mostly lead by specific demands of the customer groups. Significant innovations for LED-lighting, heating/cooling and water techniques has taken place over the recent years. The irrigation process is important to comply on the latest trends in the growing process.
As per 1st of January 2018 there will be a nationwide and legal obligation in place for treating wastewater for the Horticulture business in the Netherlands. The drain water, from the steel water tanks, requires a treatment to separate the pesticides. The limitation is based on a level of 95 percent cleaning before this water can be discharged. This legal obligation for the grower is primarily an individual purification duty. The grower needs to invest in a standalone infrastructural purification installation or alternatively can use a mobile (rental) purification unit. In some cases there is the opportunity to build a collective treatment installation for several growers. Every business involved in horticulture and using pesticides in their wastewater, which will be discharged via the public sewerage facilities or on surface water, are obliged to operate an official qualified purification installation.
Water storage systems for horticulture
Over the last few decades BUWATEC developed itself into a world leader company in water storage systems for the horticulture segment. In the horticulture segment BUWATEC delivers complete steel water tanks for irrigation and aquaponics. Equally on the developing horticulture and innovations, BUWATEC works hard, with their customers, on new demands and opportunities for steel water tanks that fits for irrigation, aquaponics, purification and treatment of water.
An interesting fast growing segment in the horticultural business is algae farming. There are two basic systems to farm algae: closed systems and open ponds/basins. Farming algae takes place in water of approximately 30-50 cm deep. These algae products are used for example as basic food in the aquaculture, such as mussels farming. Furthermore, algae’s will be used as raw material in the biofuel business. This segment will innovate rapidly and demands for this product will increase in the coming years. The farming of algae needs large quantities of water and therefor water storage systems and purification. The development of this business requires water purification installations and BUWATEC is equipped to provide the necessary infrastructure for these installations and storage requirements.
The complete water silo for the horticulture
The BUWATEC water tanks for irrigation and aquaponics are complete water storage systems. The water tanks are modular and based on curved corrugated steel plates. The liner in the steel water tank has various quality’s and applications. In combination with a different cover and roof systems the water tank can be composed into a full closed water storage system for the horticulture, especially for irrigation and aquaponics.
Advantages watertanks for horticulture:
- The steel water tanks are originated, developed and manufactured in the Netherlands.
- Unique coating on the galvanised steel tank plate water tanks.
- Product innovations – new galvanized method ZM200 and/or use of different steel qualities S350.
- Water silos – durability and more environment friendly.
- Water tanks – are suitable for water storage in irrigation, algae farming, aquaponics and storage of purification installations and plants.