US (NJ): Village Farms breaks ground on quad-generation energy project

Village Farms in conjunction with Quadrogen and Fuel Cell Energy recently announced the kick off of a renewable energy quad-generation project that's the first of its kind. The ground-breaking, which took place last week, marked the beginning of a project that promises thermal heat as well as carbon dioxide in the growing of greenhouse produce.

Stephen Ruffini of Village Farms on the left together with all other speakers during the event.

“One of the underlying principles for Village Farms is sustainability,” said Village Farm's CFO, Stephen Ruffini, at the ground-breaking. “The greenhouse industry is already the highest form of sustainable agricultural growing.” Located in Delta, British Columbia and undertaken in cooperation with Quadrogen Power Systems, FuelCell Energy and the National Research Council of Canada, the facility will incorporate a co-generation power plant to trap heat and gas for use in the greenhouse. The potential effects include reduced landfill gas emissions by converting carbon dioxide from landfill gas, which currently is not possible, which in turn will reduce the need for natural gas by Village Farms which presently burns natural gas in order to produce carbon dioxide which crops need and is attributable for up to 25 percent of a plant’s yield.

Jonathon Bos of Villlage Farms (the host of the event) and Alakh Prasad Quadrogen president (one of the speakers)

“We'll take landfill gas and use it to create electricity, thermal heat and trap carbon dioxide,” explained Ruffini. “This technology has the potential to reduce gas emissions and use them in the greenhouse, so it's win-win.”

Adrian Simkins of Village Farms

For more detailed information about Quadrogen, please read the latest press release from Village Farms.
For more information:
Helen L. Aquino
Village Farms International
Tel: +1 407-936-1190 x312

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