Surna has entered into seven contracts with six different companies to implement its SentryIQ platform. "Introduced in April 2019, these systems provide a steady stream of data that customers use to make daily cultivation decisions," the team with the company explains. "Additionally, Surna can use this data to track trends and apply future enhancements to its products and services, fostering closer relationships with clients throughout their facilities’ life cycles."
According to the company, the new contracts cover the following projects:
- 100,000 square foot project in Alberta, Canada: Surna is working on two projects for one customer that each involve approximately 50,000 square feet of cultivation space. Surna will provide engineering design, climate control equipment and its SentryIQ mechanical plant controller to control the chiller plant, boiler and to monitor energy consumption in the chiller plant.
- 25,000 square foot project in California: Surna will provide engineering design services, climate control equipment and a SentryIQ plant controller for a 25,000-square-foot cultivation space facility run by a multi-facility operator.
- 10,000 square foot project in Alberta, Canada: Along with engineering design services, Surna will provide climate control equipment, a front-end user interface, SentryIQ Facility Supervisor and SentryIQ Room Controllers that will control temperature, humidity and CO2 evacuation for over 10,000 square feet of cultivation space. Additionally, Surna will provide vapor pressure deficit monitoring and data collection. Surna will also conduct ongoing monitoring and supervision support by logging into the customer’s system to review performance and adjust programming and algorithms as needed.
- 40,000 square foot project in British Columbia, Canada: Surna is providing engineering design, climate control equipment and its full suite of controls products for 40,000 square feet of cultivation space in a multi-tiered facility utilizing LED lighting.
- 12,000 square foot project in Oklahoma: Surna is providing climate control equipment and its full suite of controls products for 12,000 square feet of cultivation space. Surna is also providing engineering design services for this multi-state operator.
- 25,000 square foot project in Michigan: Surna is providing climate control equipment and its full suite of controls products for 25,000 square feet of cultivation space. Surna is also providing engineering design services for this facility.
All SentryIQ controls include Surna’s proprietary loop capacity monitoring, which allows Surna to assess the actual output and unused capacity of the climate control equipment under various operating conditions. "This provides valuable engineering data for optimizing performance remotely and troubleshooting — data not previously available to cannabis cultivators because the industry has not systematically collected and analyzed it before now," they further explain. "Because cooling and dehumidification systems are typically the largest consumers of energy in cannabis cultivation facilities, such information is extremely important to accurately assess energy use associated with climate control systems under various operating conditions. Additionally, the data provides critical cornerstone information for predictive energy modeling in the future."
With Surna’s full suite of engineering, equipment, controls and data collection, cultivators no longer need three separate vendors to provide these products and services. At the same time, Surna can leverage the data it collects to ensure its designs operate with optimal efficiency under real-world conditions.
Surna’s mechanical design services, coupled with its SentryIQ controls, offer customers significant flexibility to adapt to changing needs, methods and facility parameters, including modifications that may occur between design, application and perfection of the cultivation process.