Skytree and Biobest in collaboration with PATS win GreenTech Innovation & Concept Awards 2023

13 June 2023 | Int. Greenhouse Guide | GreenTech

The winners of the GreenTech Awards were announced at the opening of GreenTech Amsterdam 2023. Skytree wins the Concept Award for product Model 5. And Biobest in collaboration with PATS win the Innovation Award for product Trap-Eye™. GreenTech Amsterdam will be held till Thursday 15 June 2023.

Jolanda Heistek (chairman jury) explains why: “The winners of the Concept & Innovation Awards were selected based on the originality of the entry, the level of sustainability and the impact on social and environmental issues. Both had a very professional way of presenting which gave the jury confidence in their development journey and business plans”.

Product: Skytree’s DDAC technology captures CO2 directly from the air and allows for it to be either commercially utilized or permanently stored.

Product description: Skytree provides Decentralized Direct Air Capture (DDAC) units that offer a scalable alternative to the current fossil fuel based CO2 supply chain. The DDAC units enable businesses to extract clean CO2 directly from ambient air on-site for either direct usage or permanent storage. This approach satisfies the demand for CO2 while decreasing the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.
nHeistek says: “This new technology of a startup is uniquely positioned to address several societal and environmental issues and can have a positive effect on the ecological footprint of horticulture. This crossover technology has the potential to revolutionizing effect on limiting fossil fuel based CO2.”

THE GREENTECH INNOVATION AWARD GOES TO: Trap-Eye™ by Biobest in collaboration with PATS
Product: Trap-Eye™ unburdens growers from sticky trap scouting using wireless devices that identify and count insects to provide a complete population overview

Product description: Scouting is the first crucial step of successful IPM. Trap-Eye™ fully automates sticky trap monitoring. It uses a dense network of scouting devices to take pictures of sticky traps, which are analysed by our artificial neural network to count both pests and beneficial insects. This provides profitable, accurate, and high-density scouting data to make better IPM decisions anytime and anywhere.
nHeistek: “A strong collaboration with a startup and an innovative combination of technology and biology. A very impressive and rapid product development journey from concept to a market-ready product. With this winner, the jury expects a major contribution to sustainability.”

GreenTech is proud that these will be showcased at the show floor including the longlist of the 40 novelties of which 34 were submitted for the awards. You can find them here.
nAnd the 6 nominees on the website.

The jury of the GreenTech Innovation & Concept Awards 2023 consists of:
•  Chairman: Jolanda Heistek, Greenport West-Holland (Netherlands)
•  Silke Hemming, Wageningen University Research (Germany)
•  Peet van Adrichem, HortiTech B.V. (Netherlands)
•  Peter Zwinkels, Tecknokas (Netherlands)
•  Roel Vanderbruggen, Proefcentrum Hoogstraten (Belgium)
•  Bart van Meurs, Division Q (Netherlands)
Tijl Hoefnagels, Rubio (Netherlands)

The jury’s advisory committee consists of:
•  Brian Sparks, Greenhouse Grower (USA)
•  Leonardo Capitanio, Vivai Capitanio (Italy)
•  Enrico Verhoef, Total Greenhouse Service (Mexico)
•  Heinrich Dressler, Haymarket (Germany)

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Registration policy Visitors
For the first time, GreenTech is offering a limited number of 3-day membership packages, with additional benefits. Price: €200 excl. VAT per person. The price of just an entrance ticket for 3 days is €120 excl. VAT per person. Exhibitors can invite their clients free of charge until and including 15 June. More information and registration at

GreenTech Amsterdam
GreenTech Amsterdam will be held from Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 June 2023. The exhibition is a global meeting place for all horticultural technology professionals with a focus on the early stages of the horticultural chain and the current issues growers are facing. GreenTech is supported by AVAG, the industry association for the greenhouse technology sector in the Netherlands.

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