A typical GrowGreen Power center project provides all of the electric power and thermal energy necessary to operate all systems and climate control for the entire facility including the Hydroponic Greenhouses, while providing clean Renewable Energy to the local grid.
A GrowGreen center project will produce approximately 45 megawatts (MW) of electricity from clean, renewable resources such as wood chip Biomass, Solar Thermal and Geothermal depending on its location. The resulting power will be sold to the local power company and transmitted to the grid.
GrowGreen Power centers are able to provide low cost energy, both electric and thermal, for use in greenhouse operations to run all the systems and provide heating and cooling. Thermal energy is sourced from waste heat in the power generation system, harnessed and routed to the greenhouse. This use of thermal energy for these purposes allows more electricity to be sold to the grid and far lower operational cost to the Greenhouse. It also provides the additional advantage of being able to locate GrowGreen Power Centers in many more climate zones than the current generation of advanced Hydroponic Greenhouses.
Carbon dioxide (CO2), an emission byproduct of the power generation system, is actually a valued and costly ingredient in high production greenhouses. The CO2 will be captured through an absorption process, purified to food-grade quality, and utilized for accelerated plant growth. The cost of sequestration of the CO2 ordinarily related to biomass power generation and the cost of acquisition of the gas for the greenhouse is mitigated for both operations.