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May 9, 2024

RII Grower Feature: Kush Alley and Maven Genetics Set the Demand Response Standard in California Cannabis Cultivation

The vertically integrated companies’ Managing Director of Cultivation shares how Kush Alley won the second place Demand Response Impact Award at the 8th Annual Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Sustainability Awards. To manage energy demand spikes during hot Southern California summers, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) created a demand-response…
May 7, 2024

Scoping Out Carbon Emissions

Understanding your CEA operation’s complete carbon footprint through emissions tracking can identify process and system improvements, help reach ESG goals, and inform stakeholders. "Renewable energy should be the bedrock of CEA, and frankly should be the baseline for all of agriculture." - Colin O’Neil, Senior Director of Public Policy & Social Impact, Bowery FarmingA recent…
February 14, 2024

Maximizing Yield and Efficiency: The Role of HVAC Commissioning in Controlled Environment Agriculture

Whether it's a mechanically cooled greenhouse, a sealed hybrid facility, or an indoor vertical farm, a controlled environment agriculture (CEA) business’s success hinges on finding the right balance between technology, ecology, and the specific needs of cultivated crops. There is arguably no system more important to that balance than the HVAC system. Whether or not…
February 2, 2024

Better HVAC, Better Plants: 4 Takeaways

"Cannabis cultivation facilities are more machine than building, and require an understanding of plant physiology, engineering, and even data science." That’s how Resource Innovation Institute’s Resource Efficiency Horticulturist Rob Eddy kicked off the New York State Efficient Yields webinar on "HVAC with Plant Perspective." The event, held on December 12, 2023, showcased a panel of…
December 22, 2023

Predictive Daily Light Integral: A Novel Approach to CEA Systems Optimization

Optimizing a greenhouse to maximize crop productivity and resource efficiency can be a tricky project to undertake. Dynamic production factors such as sunlight and outdoor climate (i.e. temperature and humidity) make these structures more difficult to control compared to their indoor farm counterparts. For example, greenhouse operators must design their facilities with the worst-case-scenario conditions…
December 18, 2023

How to Size HVAC Systems for CEA Facilities

Building an optimal cultivation environment takes careful consideration of all heat and moisture sources.   Identifying the ideal Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system size is a critical stride toward resource-efficient Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). Cultivating crops in precisely regulated conditions demands a tailored approach, acknowledging factors like crop diversity, facility dimensions, and location…