The litmus test for Ceres’ design and technology has been a 3,000 sq. ft. cannabis greenhouse located at high in the Rocky Mountains, at 10,000 ft. elevation. For the past year, it has produced year-round with minimal energy costs, despite the outdoor winter temperatures of -10F. During a particularly cold week in April 2016, for example, the year round cannabis greenhouse never needed traditional heating, despite sub-freezing outdoor temperatures. The greenhouse’s internal recirculating heat was sufficient to keep the greenhouse above 65F, massively reducing heating costs.
Revolutionary Solution for Cannabis Odors
GAHT systems have also been shown to increase indoor CO2 levels, commonly supplemented by growers for optimal growth. Instead of constantly ventilating CO2-enriched air outside, the GAHT system allows the greenhouse to retain CO2, creating a controlled, optimized growing environment at much lower costs.
The GAHT system re-circulates hot air from the greenhouse through a specialized underground heat exchanger. The heat exchanger transfers excess daytime heat to the soil underground, where it is stored and can later be used for heating during cold periods. In effect, a GAHT system allows greenhouse growers to take advantage of the natural greenhouse effect – the intense heat that builds up during the day in a greenhouse.
Now, through strategic partnerships with national manufacturers, Ceres will offer its hybrid cannabis greenhouses to licensed commercial cannabis growers at competitive prices. Growers can choose from a commercial greenhouse kit or a custom commercial greenhouses are available in standard and custom sizes, shipped nationwide, and can be assembled on-site by a small crew. In addition, the company will continue to provide custom greenhouse design, engineering and consulting services for residential growers, schools and small-scale farms. The research and development of GAHT systems in the cannabis industry will directly benefit these other markets, making it possible for backyard gardeners, organic farms, and schools to grow and source fresh local food.
An added benefit of Ceres self-heating greenhouses is that the GAHT system reduces the need for expensive odor control systems, mandated in many areas by regulations. In many municipalities, indoor cannabis growers are required to reduce or completely eliminate odors from the greenhouse. Because ventilation is essential in standard greenhouses to remove excess heat, growers are forced to install expensive and cumbersome air filtration systems to treat exhausted air. By storing the excess heat underground, GAHT systems obviate the need for large ventilation systems with air filters. “We were pleased to discover the unexpected odor control benefit of our self-heating greenhouses,” said Marc Plinke, Ceres’ President.
Ceres’ cannabis greenhouse designs build off the company’s years of research and development creating ‘self-heating’ greenhouses for indoor vegetable production. The Ceres system pairs an energy-efficient greenhouse with their patent-pending ‘self-heating’ technology called a Ground to Air Heat Transfer (GAHT) system. With this combination, Ceres is poised to deliver the most energy-efficient and sustainable indoor growing solution available to cannabis growers to date.
Helping the cannabis industry reduce its energy consumption matches the mission on which our company was founded: to provide sustainable ways grow local food and crops year-round.
Other greenhouse design features include advanced glazing materials, passive solar design, highly insulated and reflective walls, smart controllers, and automated light deprivation systems. Compared to other greenhouses on the market, Ceres state-of-the-art year round cannabis greenhouse creates an improved growing environment that prioritizes both energy-efficiency and higher yields.
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