Another 20 hectares of greenhouses part of Fri-El Green House have been inaugurated on November 10th, 2021 as part of the largest Italian iron and glass greenhouse hub for hydroponic cultivation in Ostellato (Ferrara). The aim is to reach 60 hectares by 2026.
Click here for the photo gallery!Alessio Orlandi and Ernst Gostner
"Fri-El Green House is the first producer that can supply Italian tomatoes from the same location all year round, obtained with production systems that use 70% fewer areas and 70% less water than traditional crops," explained director Alessio Orlandi.
"Greenhouses are partially heated with the residual hot water produced by adjacent bio-gas plants, thus recovering precious energy. In addition, they are lit up with LED lights that guarantee low energy consumption and abundant light avoiding useless waste.
Fri-El Green House, the company that produces H2Orto branded tomatoes all year round employing high-tech hydroponic techniques, has recently inaugurated 20 hectares of new greenhouses with an event dedicated to clients and to the press. Stefano Bonaccini, president of Regione Emilia-Romagna; Alessio Mammi, counselor for Agriculture at Regione Emilia-Romagna and Massimiliano Giansanti, Confagricoltura national president, intervened.
Click here for the photo gallery! Other greenhouses under construction which will be ready in 2022
The two new iron-glass greenhouses Ostellato 3 and Ostellato 4 are part of the ambitious project of Gruppo Fri-El, one of the leading producers of electricity from renewable resources (wind, biomass and biogas) in Italy, which founded Fri-El Green House in 2015.
10 hectares are already operative while another 10 will be in March 2022. With this extension, the company reaches a total of 31.1 hectares of iron-glass greenhouses.
Click here for the photo gallery! The ribbon-cutting ceremony
"European polices aim at reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 to zero the impact on climate. An essential factor for this is the transition towards a circular economy. Our company already combines renewable energy, reduced CO2 emissions and a low-impact agricultural production, and it also recovers residual matter to reintroduce it to the production cycle. We are pioneers in Italy and we aim at achieving a zero impact soon."
H2Orto currently produces Nickel-Free bunch, cocktail and cherry tomatoes using integrated techniques with useful insects. The ecosystem is closed-cycle, managed using a software that monitors the climate, irrigation and humidity eliminating waste and reusing all vital components for plants. This way, we can obtain high-quality tomatoes available all year round.