CO2 GRO Inc. (TSX-V: GROW, OTCQB: BLONF), a provider of proprietary carbon dioxide (CO2) delivery solutions technology, has announced that a CO2 Delivery Solutions system has been installed in The Cucumber Man’s 522,000 square foot Alberta greenhouse for the purpose of conducting a technology demonstration.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) issues caused the trial to be delayed, but it is now underway on long English cucumbers and will soon expand to grape tomatoes, according to the company.
“We are thrilled to have begun work on our first greenhouse trial in the province of Alberta,” said Aaron Archibald, vice president of sales and strategic alliances at CO2 GRO. “This is an important trial because we will be conducting two trials at the same time, applying CO2 to cucumbers first and then grape tomatoes shortly after.”
When the Cucumber Man had previously deployed atmospheric CO2 enrichment using purchased liquid CO2, the CO2 GRO noted that he had not seen any benefits from doing so. This was especially true during the warmer months from spring to fall, when heat venting caused most of the CO2 to escape, leaving ambient 400 parts per million levels.
According to the company, CO2 Delivery Solutions provides The Cucumber Man with the opportunity to provide additional CO2 for their plants regardless of the season.
The company stated that the trial’s objectives are to increase fruit yield, reduce the spread of pathogens such as powdery mildew, which is a common problem for cucumber growers, and reduce the overall cost per unit of production, resulting in increased overall margins.
“Alberta has a thriving vegetable greenhouse industry,” Archibald went on to say. “We anticipate that the success of The Cucumber Man will lead to additional opportunities in the province.”
Plants of all kinds, both indoor and outdoor, benefit from CO2 GRO’s cutting-edge CO2 delivery technology. Solutions provided by the company increase plant yields while being environmentally friendly, sustainable and cost-effective.
The company’s technology creates a dissolved CO2 solution that, when misted onto plants, allows growers who are unable to gas with CO2 to increase plant yields by up to 30% while also increasing profits by up to 1,000%. Additionally, the application of dissolved CO2 inhibits the growth of pathogens such as E. coli and powdery mildew, thereby reducing crop losses.