Argus Controls is pleased to provide the automation and controls solutions for a joint project led by Simon Fraser University’s Laboratory for Alternative Energy Conversion and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute for Sustainable Horticulture.
The goal of the project – aptly named “From Waste to Clean Food” – is to develop sustainable clean technology solutions for clean food and water in regions challenged by climate change and population growth.
The researchers are recipients of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) Idea to Innovation grant, valued at more than $725,000. The funds will advance the group's project as they work together with industry partners including Argus Control Systems, the B.C. Greenhouse Growers’ Association (BCGGA) and Nexus Biofuel, a B.C. biofuel plant company capable of converting farm and municipality waste into high quality fuel.
KPU’s team, led by Dr. Deborah Henderson, director of the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture, and LEEF Regional Innovation Chair, has developed expertise in new cropping systems specifically related to greenhouse production, and is ready to apply these technologies to crop challenges in KPU’s semi-closed geothermal greenhouse.