As technology related to the cannabis industry improves, new resources become available to growers. For example, technology and best practices used in horticultural production can be adapted to fit commercial-scale cannabis growing facilities. One such addition is the use of greenhouses, which are known for improving growing processes by providing a sheltered environment for plants. However, the benefits of growing cannabis indoors are sometimes overshadowed by complications like managing temperature and humidity levels in each greenhouse or facility. The evolving legal status of cannabis and grow facilities has also created more scrutiny and regulation, including many ordinances involving odor mitigation.
|Challenge||Optimize growing conditions for cannabis plants or mitigate odor.|
|Solution||Implementing a Koolfog fogging system creates a consistent and ideal climate. Fogging systems may be used to neutralize odors.|
|Benefit||Plants have a higher yield and facilities adhere to local odor regulations.|
Greenhouses are increasingly more important in the global agricultural economy due to quickly improving technologies. Today, they are producing crops faster and more efficiently than traditional farming methods. There are clear advantages of temperature, light, humidity, and carbon dioxide control in grow facilities compared to outdoor methods. Greenhouse crops are also grown with fewer weather complications, and screen, green and net houses are often able to reduce the amount of chemical inputs from pesticides. Ideal growing conditions lead to healthy cannabis plants and a higher yield, which translates to more revenue for growers.
However, growing indoors can be a challenge due to inconsistent temperatures and humidity levels. Too much heat can cause heat stress in cannabis plants resulting in spotting or burning. Low humidity levels can create environments ripe for spider mites. These problems and others negatively affect plant health and yield. Through cannabis fogging, Koolfog lowers the temperature and induces humidity into growing environments helping to maintain optimum conditions.
The process is this. Operating at pressures of 1000 psi+ Koolfog produces micron-sized water droplets that, while evaporating and turning to vapor, remove heat from the air, cooling the surrounding area. The fog produced by a Koolfog system reduces temperatures and adds humidity to precise levels. The system can be designed for small or single compartment cannabis growing facilities, screen houses and shade houses or can be designed for larger-scale operations with multiple zones. Our control systems allow growers to output fog at constant pressure levels, pulse output, or output using variable pressure control and staging providing for total control of microclimate environments within a cannabis facility.
Video: Cannabis grow facility in Southern California using Koolfog for creating balanced humidity in multiple rooms designed for different stages of growth.
The other main problem that growers run into when growing cannabis is odor control. It is common knowledge that cannabis produces a particularly powerful scent, especially during harvest time and in processing. This odor can affect neighboring businesses and citizens in undesired ways and result in official complaints. The majority of states that allow cannabis growers to operate on a larger scale have created legislation that prevents growers from venting untreated air from growing facilities. For many facilities, this is a costly and time-consuming endeavor. This is where Koolfog cannabis fogging steps in.
Koolfog’s Cannabis Odor Control System delivers a powerful eco-friendly odor neutralizer that is emitted on the exhaust side of a grow facility, trapping and neutralizing scents. The concentration of the odor neutralizer as well as the release frequency can be customized to site requirements and may be integrated to greenhouse and/or facility management systems.