Hotraco Horti delivered the first Ceres-FC substrate unit to the United Kingdom. The unit is already working in a chili pepper greenhouse. Duke Electrical Services installed, which was easy because of the plug and play concept. This delivery made the market introduction of the fertigation system official. The first prototype of this machine was presented at GreenTech 2019 in Amsterdam and since then it has been extensively tested and improved.
Compact and stand-alone
This substrate unit, developed by Hotraco Horti, takes care of mixing the irrigation water as well as its strategic administration. Rick Oomen, Hotraco Horti: "This allows the Ceres-FC to control the entire irrigation process, so it is unnecessary to add other computers or control panels. You can now leave the control of pumps and valves over to the Ceres-FC, which will run them exactly as you want. Through this Plug & Play concept, the Ceres-FC is clearly a product of distinction on the market.”
The Hotraco Horti Ceres-FC moreover supplies irrigation water with a stable pH and EC. By administering the correct amount of water and nutrients at the right time, valuable nutrients are taken up more effectively. And despite the unit’s compact size, it can process relatively large volumes of 10 to 20 m³ per hour.
Rick: "The unit is easy to operate via its 7” touchscreen and thanks to the web-based application it is also simple to set up. Unlimited numbers of irrigation programs can be created. The Ceres-FC can work stand-alone or be linked to the Orion-GC climate computer. Coupling with any other desired computer is also possible. This allows the Ceres-FC to control the valves in the greenhouse optimally.”