The Netherlands has become a success story in the global ag industry, often out producing the U.S. and other agriculture giants in potatoes and vegetables through innovative greenhouse techniques and alternative uses of what are considered waste products.
For example, a Dutch company is turning a profit and helping the environment at the same time by pumping residual carbon dioxide from Europe’s largest refinery to greenhouses.
According to the international multimedia website, DW, entrepreneurs Jacob Limbeek and his late colleague Hans Tiemeijer realized commercial greenhouse owners were burning natural gas to produce CO2.
The two started the company Organic Carbon Dioxide for Assimilation of Plants (OCAP), and signed up Royal Dutch Shell to sell them CO2 from their Pernis refinery.
Now, CO2 that, before, was going into the air as pollution, is now being used as a pseudo fertilizer by greenhouses, helping vegetables grow faster while reducing CO2 emissions.
Capturing CO2 from refineries for agricultural purposes is something that just may find its way into North Dakota. Watch KX News tonight at 6 to learn more about who’s behind the idea and where it may develop.