“We are committed to the pharmaceutical sector and continue to work on creating solutions and improvements to the experience of growing medical cannabis. Moreover, when designing a new greenhouse model, we want it to facilitate the production of healthier and stronger crops, as well as minimize the carbon footprint and optimize the use of resources,” says Amir Abbas Khan, Medical Cannabis Project Manager at J. Huete. That is how the OptiClima model was created, with the optimization of medical cannabis cultivation in mind. The greenhouse is currently located at the experimental farm of CEBAS-CSIC, to serve as a research facility.

J. Huete’s OptiClima greenhouse  

Preventing pests and saving energy
For this greenhouse model, J. Huete has incorporated high-tech equipment to increase efficiency and applications that aim to prevent the appearance of pests. “It includes air filters that prevent the entry of spores, microorganisms, or bacteria. It also maintains the right temperature and relative humidity in different climates, thanks to different systems that work in synergy, thus creating greater uniformity of the air mass of the compartment.”

In order to further improve cannabis cultivation, the greenhouse includes a cooling system designed for large-scale greenhouse installations (more than 120 meters). “It also reduces the differences in humidity and temperature between the fronts, with heating that can vary between pipes or fans. In addition, we designed the OptiClima so that the hot air can recirculate from top to bottom through several sleeves. This means considerable energy savings since, together with the energy-saving screen, it prevents the hot air from moving towards the top of the greenhouse.”

The cooling system  

CO2 injection
Amir explains that another interesting aspect for growers is the CO2 injection system. “It is located in the corridor next to the greenhouse and ensures that the CO2 is distributed homogeneously towards the crops through the sleeves. This installation allows reaching and maintaining high levels of CO2, as well as improving the efficiency of its use by being able to recirculate the air without renewing it.”

To ensure optimization for all growers, the greenhouse is adaptable to everyone’s different needs. “In places with high humidity, the greenhouse can include dehumidifiers in the adjoining corridor to achieve uniform air distribution with lower relative humidity. It is also possible to install a chiller (Chiller/HVAC) for greenhouses with high cold air demand, injecting it from the aisle to the sleeves.”

Growers using the greenhouse for medical cannabis cultivation will experience an easier way to produce healthier and stronger crops, Amir adds. “We see the pharmaceutical industry as an important one to consider in our greenhouse solutions. Therefore, we are committed to improving the experience of growing medical cannabis.”

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