TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / February 2, 2021 / Toronto based CO2 GRO Inc. ("GROW") (TSX-V:GROW, OTCQB:BLONF, Frankfurt: 4021) is pleased to announce its first Leamington, Ontario commercial feasibility with Prism Farms Ltd. ("Prism"). Leamington and the County of Essex region is the greenhouse capital of Canada, with over 80 million square feet of greenhouses. The Prism project is also GROW's first commercial feasibility on tomatoes. Prism owns and operates 7.1 acres of glass greenhouses and 10.3 acres of plastic greenhouses for a total of over 750,000 square feet of greenhouse grow space.
The commercial feasibility will be for a one full year crop cycle. This is due to variations in Prism's CO2 gas availability during the year. Prism generates waste CO2 gas from its Combined Heat and Power units (CHP). However, Prism has to vent heat during summer months and warmer spring and fall periods, which results in CO2 gas being vented. Consequently, the plant yield benefits of CO2 gassing are reduced during these venting periods which can exceed four months a year. This creates an opportunity for Prism to use CO2 Delivery Solutions™ to fully capture enhanced tomato yields during the hotter summer months as well as warmer spring and fall heat venting periods.
Leamington Greenhouse Industry
The County of Essex and Leamington area in particular has over 80 million square feet of greenhouses with capacity growing at 10% CAGR. This greenhouse cluster is the largest in Canada producing primarily peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and Cannabis. According to Statistics Canada, Leamington area greenhouses produce over 66% of Canada's greenhouse gate value of over $1 Billion.
North American Greenhouse Tomatoes
Canada is the main producer of greenhouse tomatoes in North America with Ontario greenhouses producing 98% of the tomatoes grown in Canada.
Mike Tiessen, Prism Farms commented, "The management and growing team at Prism Farms Ltd is excited to pioneer this exciting new technology in the Leamington area. We are confident in the scientific merit and feasibility of this innovation and look forward to showcasing the benefits at commercial scale to a global audience. After successful implementation, a 27-acre roll-out is anticipated. We are excited to work closely with the accomplished team at CO2 GRO."
Aaron Archibald, CEO, commented, "Many greenhouses using CHP boilers in seasonal climates are limited in their use of excess CO2 gas over the summer months or during warmer spring and fall periods. Our CO2 Delivery Solutions™ technology can fill that seasonal gassing shortfall with optimal levels of targeted aqueous CO2 misting on the plants regardless of the greenhouse heat venting needs. Our CO2 Delivery Solutions™ technology introduction to the Leamington greenhouse cluster will showcase potential seasonal benefits which include enhanced yields during the months in which CO2 gassing is not feasible. The Leamington area is a large target market for us in our Ontario backyard."
About CO2 GRO Inc.
GROW's 2021 target market is the 50 billion square feet of greenhouses and covered cultivation facilities globally (USDA). 80% of these facilities cannot use CO2 gassing due to heat venting, porosity or CO2 usage cost. For decades, CO2 gassing has only been used in expensive indoor sealed greenhouses that achieve up to 30% more plant yield. These enhanced yields are only possible if over 1000 ppm CO2 levels are maintained throughout the year. Even expensive sealed greenhouses struggle to maintain these levels consistently throughout the year as up to 50% of the augmented CO2 gas escapes the greenhouse naturally and even more escapes when the greenhouse is vented in warmer months, leaving room for yield improvement.
GROW's CO2 Delivery Solutions™ helps all greenhouses achieve up to 30% more plant yield consistently throughout the year. In addition, aqueous CO2 misting offers pathogen Perimeter Protection™ for plants by slowing the spread of micro pathogens such as E. coli and powdery mildew. CO2 gassing does not offer that plant protection.
GROW naturally and safely dissolves CO2 gas into water without bubbles or pressure. This creates an aqueous CO2 solution which is then misted directly onto the plant's leaves and shoots. The aqueous CO2 solution's micro droplets create a micro film on the leaf surface, isolating the leaf from the atmosphere. The diffusion gradient created favors CO2 transport into the leaf, regardless of the stomata.
CO2 Delivery Solutions™ has been demonstrated on crops including Cannabis, hemp, lettuce, kale, microgreens, peppers, strawberries, orchids and other flowers. Greenhouse growers everywhere that cannot gas CO2 can now add CO2 to their crops using CO2 Delivery Solutions™, increasing plant yields and profits. As carbon taxes rise, sealed greenhouse growers that gas CO2 will have to pay more for their emissions. CO2 Delivery Solutions™ offers these greenhouses the ability to supplement their plants with CO2 consistently throughout the year without emitting CO2 gas to the atmosphere and using up to 95% less CO2 through aqueous CO2 misting.
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