Houweling’s Tomatoes Gets Utah Energy Award

Casey Houweling, CEO accepting the award from Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Utah Energy Advisor Laura Nelson

Salt Lake City, USA, June 1, 2016 – One of Argus key clients – Houweling’s Tomatoes – was honored this week with an Excellence in Energy award, being named “Energy Innovator of the Year” for their Currant Creek Heat and CO₂ Recovery Project at the Mona, Utah greenhouse farm. After nearly three years of planning, Houweling’s vision for sustainable agriculture was realized when they completed connection to PacifiCorp’s Currant Creek Power Plant exhaust stacks.

Using an Argus control system, waste exhaust is drawn off the side of the stack, diverting it into Houweling’s energy building where thermal energy is captured and stored for on-demand heat. Condensation from this process is captured and used to supplement irrigation water, and the remaining exhaust CO₂ is released directly into the greenhouse to promote plant growth. The custom Argus system controls the equipment that extracts the CO₂ and the heat from the stack gas and sends signals to and from the power plant, including general status, alarm points and portions of dampers, CO₂ demand, boiler status, and temperature and efficiency readings. The control system also monitors gas flow and temperature, concentration of CO and NOx, and controls the condenser fans, condenser pumps and dampers on this project.

Yurij Duda, Argus Controls General Manager congratulated Houwelings on the award: “Houweling’s is a real leader in sustainable agriculture and is truly committed to innovation in energy management. Argus was honored to be selected as their control system partner to help make this unique project a reality.”

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