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Mobile drip irrigation on solar energy

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European Dutch Jean Heybroek BV from Houten (The Netherlands) and Tijms Products BV from Geesbrug (The Netherlands) have tested extensive drip irrigation on solar energy in potatoes in the past year. With “Solardrip”, eight hectares can be supplied with energy and nutrients by means of driptape. After the presentation at the Bio fair, which takes place in Zwolle (The Netherlands) on 22 and 23 January 2020, the innovation will be rolled out further in practice.

Diesel is not required for the irrigation system. The “mobile solar trailer” with solar panels is placed in the field. “The Solardrip 80 can supply up to eight hectares (20 acres) of drip hoses with water,” says irrigation specialist Gerard Schoot Uiterkamp of Jean Heybroek.

You can control and administer fertilizers, biological agents or nematodes with an app on the phone. “A special unit has been developed with which water is supplied with or without a pump. You can also adjust the pH and therefore also the salt content very dosed. This makes the application interesting for many horticultural and arable farming companies with, for example, potatoes and onions. We can also integrate a unit that can deliver tailor-made fertilizers. ”

The Solardrip 150 is the largest version currently available through Tijms Products BV. He can explain a maximum of 15 hectares based on solar energy drip irrigation with a driving distance of 75 centimeters.

Tijms is responsible for the sale of the Toro drip irrigation in the north east of the Netherlands. The Solardrip can also be purchased through the Toro (Jean Heybroek) irrigation dealers in the Netherlands and Belgium. At Agro Techniek Assen (The Netherlands), arable farmers were already made enthusiastic about the possibilities of the Solar trip. “There was a lot of interest at the fair,” says Schoot Uiterkamp, ​​“Drip irrigation is also a very interesting application from areas where salinization occurs. If you can also do it in an energy-neutral way in this way.

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