Automated Greenhouse Systems
Integrated Greenhouse Controls
Systems integration is the cornerstone of our philosophy that’s why we design, build, and recommend automated greenhouse systems optimized to work together for the highest level of control and efficiency. Major greenhouse facility issues often come into play when the systems and environmental controls are piecemealed together, we avoid this by ensuring that they’re part of the initial greenhouse or indoor grow design.
Light deprivation is integral for crop photoperiod requirements. Primarily used in commercial cannabis greenhouse cultivation, light deprivation can increase crop production by speeding up the rate at which plants bud, allowing you to achieve harvest sooner. A secondary benefit of automated light deprivation systems is the elimination of light pollution, often required for cannabis greenhouse operations.
Our in-house systems engineers design custom irrigation and fertigation systems based on the criteria needed from your grower. Manual systems are unable to provide consistency and homogeneity, whereas automated greenhouse systems allow you uniformity and flexibility in irrigation, while reducing water and labor costs. Depending on the water management system selected, multiple zones can be irrigated with one boom, allowing the grower to effectively grow multiple crops in one greenhouse.
Heating & Cooling
The most cost-effective way to heat a greenhouse or indoor grow facility is through overhead unit heaters. With adequate air circulation these units can be scaled to provide the required BTUs. Hydronic heat cuts down on hot and cold spots by radiating throughout the entire zone. The piping can be run overhead, under the bench or in the floor. Fan/pad cooling uses exhaust fans to pull outside air through the greenhouse at over one air exchange per minute. If additional cooling is needed, an evaporative wet pad can be activated which is operationally efficient and less capital intensive. HVAC systems using chillers and mechanical cooling designed by our engineering team is an option for sealed greenhouses.
A priority for cannabis cultivation facilities is humidity management to prevent the growth of molds and mildews. When outdoor conditions are too hot and humid, specialized mechanical cooling may be used. Chilled water and hydronic reheat systems circulate water through a closed loop piping system. Fans draw warm, humid air form the environment across chilled water coils for dehumidification. Then, hot water coils are used to recondition the dry air to the desired temperature. Fan coils are placed in accordance with the facility layout to ensure homogenized air throughout the growing environment.
An environmental controller is a necessity to operate efficiently. It ensures all your greenhouse equipment is integrated and allows for seamless systems communication. Sensors mounted throughout the facility will relay feedback on a variety of measurements such as temperature, humidity, and so the environmental controller can operate the corresponding equipment at desired levels. Power distribution panels can be provided to complete your entire electrical scope.
Our systems are designed to provide the level of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) to obtain the daily light integral (DLI) for your plants. A lighting plan is created based on the mounting style, light levels and uniformity. By analyzing the grow space, we can create a balanced and economical lighting solution to grow healthy plants with consistent yields.