Getting Horticultural Pests Under Control with the Help of a 10-MW Microgrid

Jan. 15, 2018
Dutch company Alfen will supply a 10-MW microgrid for a new facility in the Netherlands being built by Koppert Biological Systems, a global player in sustainable, biological controls for horticulture.

Dutch company Alfen will supply a 10-MW microgrid for a new facility in the Netherlands being built by Koppert Biological Systems, a global player in sustainable, biological controls for horticulture.

The production facility will be located at Berkel and Rodenrijs, a town in the western Netherlands, where Koppert will produce insects that are used to combat diseases and pests at horticultural farms.

Koppert’s facility will be built in two phases. The first phase is expected to be in operation in the Fall of 2018 and the second phase in 2019.

Interested in speaking at Microgrid 2018? Submit your name by  Jan. 31!

The microgrid will operate in grid-connected mode, except when there is a power outage on the grid. It will then automatically island and switch to emergency power. After the grid is restored, the microgrid will automatically reconnect to the grid without voltage loss.

“The greenhouse horticulture sector is undergoing enormous innovations and growth. This results in many new challenges for the electricity grid, which Alfen is well-equipped to address,” said Richard Jongsma, Alfen commercial director.

The Dutch microgrid is the latest in a series of project announcements by Alfen.

The company supplied the Czech Republic’s first battery energy storage system, which was installed in December at a solar farm built by Solar Global. The a 1.2 MWh battery is being used to balance the fluctuating supply of solar energy with demand for electricity.

In September, Alfen became the first company to install a battery to provide frequency containment reserve to stabilize the Belgian grid. The system can regulate over 1 MW of power and is connected to the high-voltage grid at Engie’s 6 MW storage park in Drogenbos, Brussels.

“Frequency control is an increasingly important application for our customers. In the Netherlands we recently delivered a storage system for this application connected to a large wind farm. We are also working on storage projects providing load balancing for EV charging plazas, leveling out the peak demands from electric vehicles,” said Yves Vercammen, who is responsible for Alfen’s energy storage systems in Belgium.

He added that other ongoing Alfen projects include microgrids combining solar PV and storage in local energy systems, and community-based virtual power plants for residential neighborhoods.

Track news about microgrid projects. Sign up for the free Microgrid Knowledge newsletter.

About the Author

Elisa Wood | Editor-in-Chief

Elisa Wood is an award-winning writer and editor who specializes in the energy industry. She is chief editor and co-founder of Microgrid Knowledge and serves as co-host of the publication’s popular conference series. She also co-founded, where she continues to lead a team of energy writers who produce content for energy companies and advocacy organizations.

She has been writing about energy for more than two decades and is published widely. Her work can be found in prominent energy business journals as well as mainstream publications. She has been quoted by NPR, the Wall Street Journal and other notable media outlets.

“For an especially readable voice in the industry, the most consistent interpreter across these years has been the energy journalist Elisa Wood, whose Microgrid Knowledge (and conference) has aggregated more stories better than any other feed of its time,” wrote Malcolm McCullough, in the book, Downtime on the Microgrid, published by MIT Press in 2020.

Twitter: @ElisaWood

LinkedIn: Elisa Wood

Facebook:  Microgrids


Designing Microgrids: Evaluating Parameters for Reliable, Cost-Effective and Optimized Power Solutions

Dec. 7, 2023
Shawn Dalke electrical engineer at Mesa Solutions discusses load profiles and power sources for microgrids.

Clean Energy Microgrids_cover

Staying the Course on Clean Energy in a Time of Societal Disruption

Concern is growing that an economic downturn could stifle progress on clean energy. How can clean energy microgrids help society stay the course through their use and management...