Toronto based CO2 GRO Inc. (“GROW“) (TSXV:GROW, OTCQB:BLONF, Frankfurt:4021) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a renewable one-year memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Malaysia’s CH Green Sdn. Bhd. (“CH Green”). Under the terms of the MOU, the parties have agreed to enter into a long-term Sales & Marketing agreement providing CH Green with exclusive use of CO2 Delivery Solutions™ for the Malaysia market. In addition to the MOU, CH Green has agreed to a commercial feasibility to evaluate CO2 Delivery Solutions™ on various food plants at a demonstration greenhouse in Malaysia. This is GROW’s first commercial feasibility in Southeast Asia. The commercial feasibility will also be used as a demonstration site to showcase CO2 Delivery Solutions™ to potential greenhouse grower customers in Malaysia.
The Malaysian Greenhouse Market
The Malaysian greenhouse market, which includes protected grow structures such as hoop houses, shade houses, net houses and tunnel grows, is approximately 8,000 hectares dedicated to growing mostly fruits & vegetables and floriculture. Based mostly in the Cameron Highlands, protected grows include the cultivation of tomatoes, leafy vegetables, flowers such as orchids, roses, chrysanthemums and carnations, mainly for export. Malaysia has adopted an Agro-Food Policy update for 2021-2030 to become more food self-sufficient that has a variety of support programs for protected growers.
According to Lee Kaw Ang, CEO of CH Green “We approached GROW in Q4 of 2020 due to our increasing involvement in Malaysian biogas projects using organic food waste and other complimentary sustainability projects we are pursuing. We were searching for CO2 enrichment technologies to complement our offerings to greenhouses and other protected agriculture. We have the technical knowledge and practical experience to successfully offer GROW’s innovative CO2 Delivery Solutions™ to Malaysian greenhouse growers and upon commercial feasibility success, our team of professionals will work on an integrated plan with GROW to roll out CO2 Delivery Solutions™ in Malaysia.”
Aaron Archibald, VP Sales and Strategic Alliances commented “The MOU and commercial feasibility with CH Green is another example of CO2 GRO’s increasing international reach. As with our other international partners, CH Green has the necessary engineering and regional agricultural background and network to secure and support protected grow facility customers and install our CO2 Delivery Solutions™ technology in Malaysia. Their greenhouse is an ideal site to begin showcasing the power of our technology to enhance plant yields. We look forward to a successful commercial feasibility and working with CH Green to roll out our CO2 Delivery Solutions™ systems to the Malaysian greenhouse market.”
About CH Green Sdn. Bhd.
CH Green’s vision is to be a pioneer and leading provider of innovative biotechnology for organic waste management systems, by promoting, replicating and strengthening decentralized on-site Closed-loop Waste2Energy and Food (with CO2 Recovery from Biogas for Agricultural Greenhouses) Systems, ranging from small-scale to commercial scale. For more information, please visit www.chgreen.my
About CO2 GRO Inc.
GROW’s 2021 target market is the 50 billion square feet of greenhouses and covered cultivation facilities globally (USDA). 80% of these facilities cannot use CO2 gassing due to heat venting, porosity or CO2 usage cost. For decades, CO2 gassing has only been used in expensive indoor sealed greenhouses that achieve up to 30% more plant yield. These enhanced yields are only possible if over 1000 ppm CO2 levels are maintained throughout the year. Even expensive sealed greenhouses struggle to maintain these levels consistently throughout the year as up to 50% of the augmented CO2 gas escapes the greenhouse naturally and even more escapes when the greenhouse is vented in warmer months, leaving room for yield improvement.
GROW’s CO2 Delivery Solutions™ helps all greenhouses achieve up to 30% more plant yield consistently throughout the year. In addition, aqueous CO2 misting offers pathogen Perimeter Protection™ for plants by slowing the spread of micro pathogens such as E. coli and powdery mildew. CO2 gassing does not offer that plant protection.
GROW naturally and safely dissolves CO2 gas into water without bubbles or pressure. This creates an aqueous CO2 solution which is then misted directly on to the plant’s leaves and shoots. The aqueous CO2 solution’s micro droplets create a micro film on the leaf surface, isolating the leaf from the atmosphere. The diffusion gradient created favors CO2 transport into the leaf, regardless of the stomata.
CO2 Delivery Solutions™ has been demonstrated on crops including Cannabis, hemp, lettuce, kale, microgreens, peppers, strawberries, orchids and other flowers. Greenhouse growers everywhere that cannot CO2 gas can now add CO2 to their crops using CO2 Delivery Solutions™, increasing plant yields and profits. As carbon taxes rise, sealed greenhouse growers that CO2 gas will have to pay more for their emissions. CO2 Delivery Solutions™ offers these greenhouses the ability to supplement their plants with CO2 consistently throughout the year without CO2 emitting gas to the atmosphere and using up to 95% less CO2 through aqueous CO2 misting.
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