Peter Hobson (Gippsland Greenhouse Produce) began growing truss tomatoes in a 4000m2 twin skin poly house in 2005, and in 2009 another 4000m2 of glasshouse was built to grow mostly eggplant.
Similar to tomato growing neighbours Andrew Bayley, brown coal briquettes were used to heat the farm through a hydronic system.
In 2013–14, like Mr Baiyley, the Hobsons invested in a biomass waste-to-energy plant to complement their build of a high-tech 1.25 ha glasshouse and produce thermal energy for their entire operation. It is anticipated that this site will now produce 980,000 kgs of eggplant per annum.
A 2.0 MW hot water boiler was installed in 2014 – the technology was provided by world leading boiler specialists Polytechnik Biomass (from their New Zealand base) and managed locally by Enriva Engineer Sohum Gandhi (formerly at ‘Energence’).
The following article provide more details about the technology and the farm:
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