After last year’s nomination for the GreenTech Concept Award, the Ridder CO2 Optimizer is now officially launched as a commercial product and participating for a GreenTech Innovation Award. The Ridder CO2 Optimizer is the first autonomous advisory tool to help growers apply the best possible CO2 dosing strategy. By taking into account the real-time cost of dosing supplemental CO2 and the future revenues that the extra crop yields will provide, the Ridder CO2 Optimizer enables greenhouse growers to implement the most cost-effective CO2 dosing strategy and boost their bottom line.
Dosing CO2 can be a complex process
A greenhouse provides growers with the perfect environment to drive fruit growth by dosing supplemental CO2. By considering key influencing factors such as light levels, the growing climate and natural ventilation, growers aim to provide their plants with the ideal amount of supplemental CO2 to improve crop yields and boost plant performance. Yet, the many parameters involved make this a complex process which often results in CO2 dosing strategies that do not meet the plants’ actual CO2 needs or potential increase of production.
The cost of dosing CO2?
In addition to lacking a clear picture of potential production and profit gains, growers have little insight into the actual cost of dosing all that extra CO2 into their greenhouse. In many cases, formulating a cost-effective dosing strategy is still based on ‘educated’ guesswork and gut-feeling, resulting in growers losing out on substantial net profits without even being aware of it.
The Ridder CO2 Optimizer is an intelligent system that takes into account every factor and provides the grower with real-time insight into the actual CO2 dosing level and the optimal dosing strategy. Rather than just showing the current CO2 levels inside the greenhouse, the CO2 Optimizer also provides detailed insight into the plant his actual CO2 needs and his current capacity to convert all that extra CO2 into additional yields. Moreover, by taking into account the real-time cost of dosing supplemental CO2 and the future revenues that the extra crop yields will provide, the Ridder CO2 Optimizer enables greenhouse growers to implement the most cost-effective CO2 dosing strategy and boost their bottom line.
Using the autonomous recommendations provided by the Ridder CO2 Optimizer, growers will no longer need to spend money on supplemental CO2 without knowing what it will actually bring them.