Jun 14, 2018
GreenTech Hands Out Innovation Awards

On June 14, the GreenTech Innovation Awards were announced at Greentech Amsterdam 2018. An jury of experts selected the winners in the four categories from 22 nominees,

GreenTech is “the global trade show for horticultural technology which centers on knowledge transfer and innovations surrounding the sustainable cultivation of crops.”

  • GreenTech Innovation Award: Autostix – Visser Horti Systems ,
  • GreenTech Sustainability Award: Poseidon Sodium Extractor – Van der Ende Groep
  • GreenTech Impact Award: Priva Academy – Priva Horticulture BV
  • GreenTech Concept Award — IRIS! Scoutrobot – Metazet-FormFlex, Micothon & Ecoation

Below are descriptions of the winning products:

GreenTech Concept Award: IRIS! Scoutrobot – Metazet-FormFlex, Micothon & Ecoation 

Robot for registering plant health and diseases in greenhouses. The technology is based on the patented Saber sensor that detects pests, diseases and deficiencies early on. The robot can also be equipped with cameras, a gyro sensor and sensors for: relative humidity, temperature, CO2, crop head temperature and a PAR sensor.

GreenTech Impact Award: Priva Academy – Priva Horticulture BV

Priva Academy is a free online education service for growers worldwide, the Priva partner network and the Priva organization. Users can learn more about irrigation, climate, energy, labor and production processes in a horticultural and indoor environment. Priva Academy helps to reduce CO2 emissions and saves on overhead.

GreenTech Sustainability Award: Poseidon Sodium Extractor – Van der Ende Groep

The Poseidon was specially developed for growers who sluice off water to discharge sodium: a system that extracts sodium from drainage water with maximum retention of valuable nutrients. The water treatment system is equipped with a reverse osmosis system to concentrate the water to be discharged thereby reducing its volume by some 80 percent.

GreenTech Innovation Award: AutoStix – Visser Horti Systems

AutoStix is a new system that automates the planting of cuttings and creates efficiency in nurseries using a patented transplanter with biodegradable strips. Cuttings harvested from mother stock can immediately be stuck to the AutoStix strip that is designed to stimulate the root system. This enables the high-density shipping of cuttings whilst still providing an air space for each stem, improving quality.


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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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