The water is treated and reused in a fully automatic system
Blomsterboda is one of the Nordic region’s largest producers of flowers and plants. The company has a constant focus on streamlining and increasing the quality of the entire production. So it was expected that the plant in Vallentuna north of Stockholm would stop cultivating bulbs and tulips in soil and switch to hydroponic cultivation.
Blomsterboda delivers full service of flower departments to grocery stores all over Sweden. The roots go back to 1912 when John Rydell started selling flowers from local commercial gardens at Kornhamnstorg in Stockholm. From the greenhouse in Vallentuna and together with local growers, flowers are sold to 550 grocery stores all over Sweden. The company is the largest in Sweden for bouquet binding and a large grower of tulips. Blomsterboda had sales of EUR 44 million in 2018.
Treatment and disinfection of circulating water in hydroponic cultivation
Treating the recirculating water during cultivation of 11 million tulips per year
Ozonetech RENA Vivo A-series
1,800 x 1,200 x 800 mm
When Blomsterboda switched to hydroponic cultivation they needed to find a solution to treat and disinfect the recirculation water. They also needed a way to add nutrients and limit the growth of bacteria, algae and othe unwanted substances in the water.
The solution became disinfection with ozone and the supply of chlorine and nutrients in a fully automatic system. The benefits of hydroponic cultivation are well known. One major advantage is that the water demand is reduced by 50-80%. Another great advantage is that it is possible to grow more with lower footprint. The volume can be more than doubled. A third advantage is that procurement and transports decrease.
Powerful ozone treatment
The reclaimed water from the cultivation is treated with and purified by ozone. The ozone is produced onsite by the oxygen in the surrounding air. The ozone is then dissolved in water which is continuously fed to the drainage tank where the treatment takes place, in a circulating system. The treated water is then returned to ozonation again. The purified water in the drainage tank is continuously transferred to the clean water tank. To ensure the high degree of treatment, the redox potential is measured continuously.
Secondary cleaning minimizes growth
The clean water tank is supplied with chlorine and nutrients. The function of the chlorine is to maintain the purity of the water by minimizing the growth of microorganisms. To be able to supply the right amount of chlorine, the chlorine content in the outgoing water is measured continuously. The amount of chlorine added has decreased by 80-90 % as a result of the upstream ozone treatment.
Nutrients are supplied continuously
The water for cultivation needs to be supplied with nutrients in the quantities required by the bulbs and tulips. Therefore, the outgoing water from the clean water tank is continuously analyzed to ensure that the right amount of nutrients is added. With ozonation, the nutrients are not effected negative by any contaminants in the circulating water.
Along with the automatic addition of nutrients and chlorine, the automatic production and addition of ozone for water disinfection has freed up time for the staff. It is usually sufficient to supervise and to ensure that there are nutrients in the tanks.
This lead to a more reliable and efficient production with less chemical use and therefore reduced operational costs.