- Blackbox will install Ceres EcoLoop systems on its 120-acre property in Fairfield, Michigan
- After extensive study, BlackBox has found that VPD-based climate control is the best way to ensure crop health, maximize yield
- Company is in the process of expanding its Michigan operation
Hero Technologies (OTC: HENC) and its wholly owned subsidiary, BlackBox Systems and Technologies, are utilizing Ceres’s EcoLoop(TM), a high-tech, low-cost solution for growing cannabis. Blackbox will install the EcoLoop systems on its 120-acre property in Fairfield, Michigan (https://cnw.fm/vXYVy). The company anticipates that combining EcoLoop with its proprietary, state-of-the-art aeroponic system will increase its high-yield, high-profit cannabis crops.
The move was reported in a recent MMJDaily article, which noted that, in January 2020, “Ceres introduced its EcoLoop climate control greenhouse system, a ground-coupled heat pump system designed to heat, cool and dehumidify Ceres’s sealed greenhouses. In effect, EcoLoop combines conventional above-ground HVAC systems with below-ground heat exchange mats. According to Ceres, EcoLoop can reduce energy consumption by up to 60% by decreasing the amount of energy that above-ground systems pull from the electrical grid or other resources.”
“What first attracted us to EcoLoop was the installation,” says Marc Kasabasic of BlackBox Systems, an aeroponic cannabis cultivation system that provides optimal conditions to enhance photosynthesis and cultivation of large flowering plants, creating increased efficiencies. “In Fairfield, we don’t have access to natural gas, so we felt that geothermal was the way to go. Also, the fact that the SunSense controller is VPD-based led us to choose Ceres.”
The article observed that VPD-based controllers “optimize a ratio of temperature and humidity rather than managing each factor individually. After years of experimenting with environmental optimization, BlackBox has found that VPD-based climate control is the best way to ensure crop health and help maximize yield.”
According to the article, BlackBox is in the process of expanding its Michigan operations. The company plans to break ground on 10 acres in September, with the construction of a 27,000-square-foot facility scheduled for completion next year. The new acreage will support four new greenhouses, with 12 more greenhouses in the planning stages.
“We expect to harvest once a week, which is exceptional for a facility of this size,” said Kasabasic. “When we have the twelve additional greenhouses, we plan to harvest one greenhouse per week, then clean the entire area before starting again.”
BlackBox will use Ceres’ SunChambers in its greenhouses; the SunChambers are sealed to improve environmental control, minimize use of resources and reduce costs. While Ceres provides turnkey greenhouse solutions, the company can also customize its designs to accommodate growers that have their own cultivation systems, such as BlackBox. The sealed SunChambers with VPD control offer BlackBox the ability to recapture condensate from the dehumidification process and recycle it, cutting down on water consumption, resulting in an estimated condensate flow of only 16 gallons per hour in each greenhouse.
HENC is working toward a vertically integrated business model. The company’s strategic business plan includes cannabis genetic engineering, space for both medical and recreational cannabis cultivation, production licenses, distribution licenses, consumer packaging, and retail and dispensary operations that make the company a multistate operator. The company is planning expansion in cultivation and dispensary operations into both Colorado, through its wholly owned subsidiary Mile High Green LLC, and Massachusetts, through wholly owned subsidiary MassCannabis LLC. In addition, Hero Technologies owns and operates two hemp websites: HighlyRelaxing.com under Highly Relaxing LLC and VeteranHempCo.com.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.HeroTechnologiesInc.com.
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