A CO2 Delivery Solutions system from Toronto-based CO2 GRO is now operating at a Colombian rose greenhouse to study commercial feasibility. An industrial CO2 gas supplier introduced the customer to the system and is assisting in the management and execution of the project. The gas supplier requested the name and location of the grower facility remain confidential at this time.
The grower operates several hectares of rose greenhouses. The main benefits of the system being evaluated include faster time to flowering, greater flower bud production, increased stem length, and the Pathogen Perimeter Protection benefit to suppress micro-pathogens. The commercial feasibility will be conducted for one year.
The commercial feasibility was postponed due to significant delays in logistics for the CO2 Delivery Solutions system components followed by unavoidable Covid-19 related matters. In addition, the customer requested the start of the commercial feasibility coincide with the beginning of their main growing season to better evaluate the technology's benefits on roses.
Colombia is the largest exporter of roses and other flowers to the U.S. and the second-largest exporter globally next to the Netherlands. Most export-targeted flowers from Colombia are grown in simple hoop houses and shade houses that typically do not employ atmospheric CO2 enrichment to enhance production, making CO2 Delivery Solutions a viable alternative.
Aaron Archibald, VP Sales and Strategic Initiatives, commented: "We are pleased to be announcing the start of the commercial feasibility in collaboration with the grower and the industrial gas supplier. The Colombian rose market is a market where our CO2 Delivery Solutions technology can help growers increase production and profitability in a sustainable way. We are making good progress expanding into new plant markets and countries. Building strategic relationships with companies such as the global industrial gas supplier will help us expand our domestic and international reach to accelerate sales."
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