Tecogen has announced the sale of two 400-ton Tecochill units to a cannabis cultivation facility located in Southeastern US. "The order supplements the existing 800 tons of Tecochill equipment at the facility to bring the full building engine-driven chilling capacity to 1600 tons, reducing the electric load requirement by approximately 1.2 Megawatts compared to electric chillers," the team with the company explains. "The project is expected to include a maintenance contract that will be serviced out of Tecogen’s Florida service center."
“Modern cultivation facilities recognize the tremendous infrastructure requirements for precisely controlled growing environments needed for high value crops such as cannabis,” noted Stephen Lafaille, Director of Business Development at Tecogen. “Switching to Tecochill gas engine chillers allows substantial reduction in the facility’s electrical requirements from the local utility, simplifying both the upfront infrastructure requirements of the site and the long-term operational costs. The associated electrical cost savings, combined with the economics of free heat recovery utilization for dehumidification or other process operations creates a compelling model that is becoming the template for indoor cultivation facilities.”
"While electric chillers can be a low-cost option for plant designers, their long-term operating costs become challenging in an increasingly competitive cultivation industry. In addition to increased resiliency to grid outages, Tecogen’s mechanical combined heat and power systems result in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. The 1600-ton Tecochill plant at this facility is capable of reducing its GHG footprint by upwards of 1400 tons/year compared to electric cooling."
“We are continuing to grow our installed base in the Southeast with the support of our Florida service center established last year,” noted Benjamin Locke, Tecogen CEO. “Our local service presence gives customers confidence that their equipment will have on-call factory-direct support to maintain equipment uptime and performance. Our service centers are an important part of our business, and I am glad to see continued growth in the Southeast.”