CO2 In Crop Production

Carbon dioxide is a key component in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert light into energy. Elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 have been shown to enhance this process, leading to increased crop production.

CO2 Enrichment Technologies

In greenhouses, where controlling environmental conditions is crucial, CO2 enrichment is a common practice. Various methods are used to increase CO2 levels around crops:

  • Atmosphere Ventilation: This method involves natural or forced ventilation to regulate temperature and CO2 levels. However, in colder regions with limited ventilation, additional CO2 supply is necessary.
  • Compressed CO2: A direct supply ensures stable CO2 levels, but the cost can be high. It is often used in research or complemented with other techniques.
  • Carbonaceous Fuel Burning: Burning natural gas, coal, or biomass in greenhouses can generate CO2 as a byproduct of heating. This method is effective but less suitable in warmer climates or seasons where heating is not needed.
  • Chemical Reactions and Compost Fermentation: These methods produce CO2 through chemical reactions or by fermenting carbon-rich agricultural wastes. While cost-effective, they require careful management to control CO2 levels and avoid byproduct issues.

Advantages of CO2 Enrichment in Greenhouses

CO2 enrichment in greenhouses leads to several benefits:

  • Enhanced Plant Growth: Higher CO2 levels accelerate photosynthesis, leading to faster growth and increased yields.
  • Improved Water-Use Efficiency: Plants use water more efficiently under higher CO2 conditions, which is crucial during water scarcity.
  • Quality Improvement: Enhanced CO2 can lead to better crop quality and resilience against environmental stresses.

Our Role at IGC Pressure Vessels

At IGC Pressure Vessels, we understand the importance of efficient and effective CO2 management in crop production. Our range of pressure vessels is designed to meet the diverse needs of the agricultural industry, from storage to controlled release of CO2 in greenhouses.

Our commitment to innovation and quality ensures that our products meet and exceed modern agricultural practices’ requirements. Whether you are looking to optimise your greenhouse environment or seeking solutions for effective CO2 management, IGC Pressure Vessels are here to support your agricultural success.

Quality Assured

CO2 is one of the purest methods of production available for the food and drink markets of today. IGC, as an independent company, offers very affordable pricing for your business. With over 25 years of experience, we have solutions for your business at every stage of your production, manufacturing and retail processes. The high-quality storage and supply services from IGC mean that your business can operate in the most profitable and efficient way possible.

Regulatory Compliance Guaranteed

Vessel manufacturers construct pressure vessels under various codes. IGC Engineering is flexible and can accommodate the design to suit the client’s requirement, the most popular is the Pressure Equipment Directive (Directive 97/23/EC) (PED).  IGC also deals with ASME – Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code in the United States and works under BCGA recommendations in the United Kingdom. Each association works with suppliers of pressure vessels through a dialog with government agencies.

In addition, we as a company complies with the Health and Safety Executive to promote the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR), this ensures both customers and operatives are working with in UK laws, and more importantly, are confident in knowing safety and security is at the forefront of the design and manufacture.

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