TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / January 14, 2021 / Toronto based CO2 GRO Inc. ("GROW") (TSXV:GROW)(OTCQB:BLONF)(Frankfurt:4021) is pleased to announce positive interim results from its CO2 Delivery Solutions™ commercial feasibility on greenhouse grown peppers with Hidroexpo in El Salvador.
On average, Hidroexpo is achieving 20% more pepper fruit production from the treatment group versus control group over the first ten weeks of the commercial feasibility as measured by kilograms of fruits harvested. The feasibility is being conducted in a one-hectare greenhouse with half the plants receiving aqueous CO2 misting and half receiving no supplemental CO2.
According to this article, the global average revenue per square foot of greenhouse grown fruits and vegetables is approximately $6.50 or up to $700,000 per hectare. A 20% increase in product yield could add up to $140,000 in additional revenue per hectare. As CO2 Delivery Solutions™ systems run for only minutes per day at negligible operating cost, virtually all of this additional yield value is extra profit for the grower. GROW actively works with growers to optimize the plant yield performance of their CO2 Delivery Solutions™ systems.
According to Rodrigo Martinez, General Manager of Hidroexpo, "We are impressed with the 20% yield improvement as a result of applying aqueous CO2 through our existing misting systems. The feasibility is being conducted at a scale which provides us the confidence that the results are accurate."
Aaron Archibald, GROW's VP Sales and Strategic Alliances commented, "The interim results from the Hidroexpo pepper commercial feasibility demonstrates the power of our CO2 Delivery Solutions™ technology to significantly improve returns to greenhouse pepper growers. Our technology is operating at quite low incremental costs due to its ability to efficiently deliver CO2 to plants resulting in 20% average yield increases. In addition, the CO2 Delivery Solutions™ system was easily adapted into Hidroexpo's existing greenhouse overhead misting system with little additional costs. We look forward to the successful completion of the feasibility and discussing implementing our CO2 Delivery Solutions™ systems to a number of the thirty-six greenhouses at Hidroexpo."
About CO2 GRO Inc.
GROW's 2021 target market is the 50 billion square feet of greenhouses and covered cultivation facilities globally (USDA). 80% of these facilities cannot use CO2 gassing due to heat venting, porosity or CO2 usage cost. For decades, CO2 gassing has only been used in expensive indoor sealed greenhouses that achieve up to 30% more plant yield. These enhanced yields are only possible if over 1000 ppm CO2 levels are maintained throughout the year. Even expensive sealed greenhouses struggle to maintain these levels consistently throughout the year as up to 50% of the augmented CO2 gas escapes the greenhouse naturally and even more escapes when the greenhouse is vented in warmer months, leaving room for yield improvement.
GROW's CO2 Delivery Solutions™ helps all greenhouses achieve up to 30% more plant yield consistently throughout the year. In addition, aqueous CO2 misting offers pathogen Perimeter Protection™ for plants by slowing the spread of micro pathogens such as E. coli and powdery mildew. CO2 gassing does not offer that plant protection.
GROW naturally and safely dissolves CO2 gas into water without bubbles or pressure. This creates an aqueous CO2 solution which is then misted directly onto the plant's leaves and shoots. The aqueous CO2 solution's micro droplets create a micro film on the leaf surface, isolating the leaf from the atmosphere. The diffusion gradient created favors CO2 transport into the leaf, regardless of the stomata.
CO2 Delivery Solutions™ has been demonstrated on crops including Cannabis, hemp, lettuce, kale, microgreens, peppers, strawberries, orchids and other flowers. Greenhouse growers everywhere that cannot gas CO2 can now add CO2 to their crops using CO2 Delivery Solutions™, increasing plant yields and profits. As carbon taxes rise, sealed greenhouse growers that gas CO2 will have to pay more for their emissions. CO2 Delivery Solutions™ offers these greenhouses the ability to supplement their plants with CO2 consistently throughout the year without emitting CO2 gas to the atmosphere and using up to 95% less CO2 through aqueous CO2 misting.
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SOURCE: CO2 Gro Inc.