Creating Cannabis Cultivation Competitive Cost Advantage (C5A) Using Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification and Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Session Abstract

The business of indoor cultivation, and specifically the business of cultivation for cannabis is an energy-intensive enterprise. It is estimated by the DOE that by the end of this decade, electrical energy usage by indoor cannabis operations will be on par with the electrical energy consumed by either data centers or for the charging of electrical vehicles. As such, more efficient and economical methods of climate control are necessary for more widespread application in cannabis operations to reduce the energy requirements. Emphasis should be on methods to first reduce the energy required before building the electrical generation infrastructure to support such growing industries. Climate control of indoor cannabis cultivation is one such application where energy efficient air conditioning and dehumidification can contribute to reducing the projected energy usage, and the coupling of this equipment with energy-efficient CHP systems present growers with an opportunity to create a permanent competitive cost advantage by significantly lowering costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing reliance on an increasingly difficult to balance legacy electrical delivery infrastructure.

John Hammond will present AirGreen’s innovative liquid desiccant dehumidification technologies already deployed within various indoor agriculture applications and Charles Miller will present the benefits of utilizing state-of-the-art CHP systems for these same applications.

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