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Camille Hanna, Skytree:

"Growers can now generate an uninterrupted supply of CO2 onsite"

"As legalization continues to advance across the U.S. and the world, cannabis manufacturers are naturally seeing an influx of demand. Growers are eager to capitalize on opportunities and meet this demand by expanding and enhancing efficiencies in their growing operations. Incorporating carbon dioxide into growing processes enables cannabis growers to increase yield and produce larger plants with more abundant flowers," says Camille Hanna, Business Development Director at Skytree.

She explains that the company is pursuing a significant opportunity to help cannabis companies increase crop volume and maximize commercial success using its Direct Air Capture technology solutions. "Once installed, our DAC units capture CO2 from the ambient air and make it available for utilization in the cannabis growing process. Users can generate an uninterrupted supply of CO2 onsite at their growing location, no longer having to rely on outside suppliers, be subject to cost fluctuations or delivery delays, or deal with onerous multiyear contracts with gas companies. We launched the smaller of our two units, Cumulus, late last year and unveiled our larger unit, Stratus, in March. Units can be stacked together to meet the needs of higher-volume users. The reception from the cannabis industry has been enthusiastic, and we expect cannabis companies to become active Skytree DAC users in the months ahead."

The Skytree Cumulus DAC unit is currently located at the Wageningen University & Research Center for Greenhouses.

Building awareness
As a start-up climate technology company introducing relatively new products to the market, Skytree's biggest challenge right now is simply building awareness among the cannabis business community. "We're working on establishing a brand presence and explaining how DAC technology is a better option for companies that use Co2 to enhance growing processes," Camille says. "By attending industry events and meeting with prospective users, we are making strides in demonstrating how DAC units can maximize cannabis growth while alleviating the cost and delivery headaches often associated with the fossil fuel CO2 supply chain."

According to Camille, cannabis growers already using CO2 in their growing processes and sourcing it from outside suppliers are experiencing fluctuations in pricing, delivery delays, and increasing supply challenges. "With continued delays and shortages of CO2 supply from gas companies anticipated, DAC can serve as a solution for circumventing these supply chain issues. As we continue to penetrate these markets, introduce Skytree to cannabis companies, and showcase the value of our portfolio of onsite CO2 capture and utilization solutions, we expect to see rapid take-up of our DAC units. Given how eco-conscious cannabis companies tend to be, the fact that we offer an environmental benefit by enabling users to bypass the fossil fuel industry in their sourcing of CO2 should further accelerate the adoption of our DAC solutions," she concludes.

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