Toronto based CO2 GRO Inc. is pleased to announce a CO2 Delivery Solutions Commercial Feasibility with a leafy greens greenhouse grower in Florida. The Feasibility will be conducted on a portion of the greenhouse growing spinach. The Customer grows spinach, lettuce and other microgreens in a hydroponic system under 120,000 square feet of greenhouse space.
GROW’s CO2 Delivery Solutions VCO2 system will provide aqueous CO2 mist to the leaves of the treatment group with the following objectives: faster growth to harvest, increased biomass growth and protection against the spread of epiphytic micro pathogens such as powdery mildew and E. coli.
Applying aqueous CO2 mist to the leaves of plants can be done irrespective of the growing media or growing system, whether the plants are grown hydroponically, in the ground, in soil pots, vertically etc.
The Hydroponic Crop Farming industry in the United States generated US$831 million in revenues in 2019 from 3004 businesses. The worldwide hydroponics market is estimated at US$8.1 billion in 2019 and projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.1% to reach US$16.0 billion by 2025.
The growth of the hydroponics market is driven by higher plant yields compared to conventional agriculture methods in limited land and other resources, which has had a profound impact in demand for hydroponics.
Hydroponic systems are a combination of multiple technologies and hence encompass a specific set of system models. According to John Archibald, GROW’s CEO, “The Commercial Feasibility with this Customer is a significant milestone for three reasons: one – it is our first Commercial Feasibility in Florida, a very important market, two – it is our first Commercial Feasibility in a Hydroponic Crop Farming facility in the U.S. and three – growing spinach is yet another high value greenhouse vegetable that our technology will demonstrate its value on.
Geographies such as Florida where high value greenhouse vegetables are grown, yet the climate is too hot for sealed greenhouses, are prime markets for our technology. Applying aqueous CO2 using our technology is the only CO2 supplementation option to enhance plant growth for unsealed and heat venting greenhouses located in hot climates. A successful Commercial Feasibility will demonstrate to hydroponic greenhouse vegetable growers in hot climates that CO2 Delivery Solutions can significantly increase yields while suppressing micro pathogens resulting in increased profits."