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ENGLISH SALAD FARM COUNTS ON A NEW SEMI-AUTOMATIC STEAMING SYSTEM

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

One of well-known and modern baby-leaf farms in West England now uses hot steam for sanitisation of 17ha cultivation soil in greenhouses.

This has become possible due to an invention by MSD GmbH in Durbach (Germany) concerning its special steaming hoods.

Three-membered special steaming hood with foldable outer components and hydraulically-driven auxiliary gear.

Three-membered special steaming hood with foldable outer components and hydraulically-driven auxiliary gear.

The special steaming hood is designed in such a way that it can also be used in narrow confines, e.g. greenhouses, without any problems. It consists of three members. The outer members can be folded out and back hydraulically. Thanks to such a design paired with a smart semi-automatic auxiliary gear, only one operator is needed to work with the entire system (in particular, to move the hood).  The system can daily sanitize with hot steam up to 1,000 sq. m surface at maximum 15 cm depth at higher than 80°C. Currently, the heat oil consumption is about 0.65 l/sq. m

High-performance steaming boiler with steam supplying system, from MSD GmbH

High-performance steaming boiler with steam supplying system, from MSD GmbH

The steam is generated by a high-performance steam boiler from MSD GmbH, Durbach. The steam is mostly supplied to the steaming hood by a pipe system, except the last 15 m. As the result, the mobile steam boiler needs to be moved only one time per each greenhouse aisle. This additionally optimises the efficiency of the steaming method.