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US (CT): Hydroponic lettuce grower eyes $6M facility near proposed data center

A planned $1-billion data center in New Britain could be a boon for various commercial big-data users, but there’s another potential benefactor: A Connecticut lettuce farmer.

Chaim Tovia, project manager at H2O Farms, which has a hydroponic lettuce greenhouse in Guilford that’s reached capacity, told HBJ he’s in talks with the New Britain data center developer, EIP LLC, to build a $6-million greenhouse and related facilities nearby that would consume heat and carbon dioxide produced by the Connecticut-made fuel cells that will power the data center.

H2O farms would pipe the heat and CO2 to a nearby property to aid its grow operation,Tovia said.

Tovia said that CO2 enrichment could boost the company’s lettuce yield by 20 percent, and reduce heating costs during winter months.

Read more at the Hartford Business Journal (Matt Pilon)

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