Working under Covid-19 Restrictions
In 2020, under extremely difficult Covid restrictions, Ebtech Group, based in East Yorkshire, built a new turnkey glasshouse facility at the site of Stewarts Garden Centre, near Wimborne in Dorset.
The state of the art growing facility is heated by a heat pump with collectors placed within five acres of adjoining farmland. Ebtech designed and installed the complete system from initial thermal conductivity studies through to specification and implementation of the Carrier heat pumps, which were chosen to give maximum efficiency. Martin Stewart, the owner, plans to use the facility to promote the benefits of green energy to local schools and higher education establishments.
Ebtech Glasshouse Systems constructed a 6,732m² used glasshouse, consisting of four separate areas plus a plant room. The first area is clad in sandwich panels and roof light panels and side wall windows, this area will become a small education classroom, and the remaining area with a clear span of 12.80m x 64.0m long, will be used for potting and machinery equipment.
The growing areas, the first of which is connected to the work area, consist of 9.60m bay widths, 4.0m section lengths and a 4.0m post height. Within each zone are a series of container benches, each moveable between zones via a transport line running along two paths in every zone and through motorised hatches in the dividing walls. Each hatch has a personnel door alongside for staff access between zones.
All the benches have ebb & flood tray tops with a complete irrigation and drainage system running into the reservoir. Manual watering points have also been added for additional use throughout each zone. Covering each growing zone is a thermal screen, cloth type Harmony 5747 FR, to provide good shade and thermal requirements. The screen system is operated on a wire driven operation.
The final area of the glasshouse is the plant room, which measures 9.60m wide x 12.0m long and is clad in sandwich panelling to house the irrigation control rig, ground source heat pump, mixing valves and general electrical control equipment, all supplied and installed by Ebtech Energy Systems.
An Hotraco climate control system was provided with a remote access facility to enable the client to keep an eye on his conditions should he be away from site.
We also installed a piped heating system throughout each zone with underfloor heating being added into the education classroom, fed from the ground source heat pump.
In all, the Ebtech Group have supplied a complete turnkey project for our client which meets all his requirements and demands.
Ebtech Glasshouse Systems are providers of new or used glasshouses, benching & irrigation systems, heating & screening and complete turnkey projects from conception to completion. Contact us to discuss your ideas and plans or visit www.ebtechglasshouses.co.uk
Ebtech Energy Ltd. are specialists in the supply and installation of heating systems and mechanical and electrical services for the horticultural, agricultural and commercial industries. For more information please visit www.ebtechenergy.co.uk
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