11 May Opticlima: a smart greenhouse to promote R&D&I
J. Huete International continues to develop its capacity of innovation thanks to different projects. One of them consists of a semiclosed greenhouse located in the experimental farm of CEBAS-CSIC, an estate owned centre for agri-food development and the production of safe and quality food for sustainable use. The purpose of this greenhouse is to serve as a research facility. It is the Opticlima model.
This type of smart facility has incorporated high-tech equipment to increase efficiency and exciting applications that aim to prevent the appearance of pests, as well as to maintain the right temperature in very warm and dry climates.
Specifically, the Opticlima model with which J. Huete International aims to obtain results that improve the experience of protected cultivation presents a very complete equipment. It has a cooling system designed for large-span greenhouse installations (more than 120 meters), with heating system that can vary between pipes or fans. In addition, the Opticlima is designed so that the hot air can be recirculated from top to bottom through several sleeves, which means considerable energy savings.
Another important system featured in the Opticlima from J. Huete International is the CO2 injection system is located in the corridor next to the greenhouse and is distributed homogeneously to the crops through the sleeves. The specifications of this installation make it possible to achieve and maintain high CO2 levels.
In addition, in places with high humidity, the Opticlima can include dehumidifiers in the annexe corridor to achieve an even distribution of humidity-free air. It is also possible to install a chiller for greenhouses with high cold air demand, injecting it from the aisle to the sleeves.
High-technology in smart greenhouses
Regarding the high technology of this J. Huete International greenhouse model, the following features are worth mentioning:
- Climate control. Software to manage the climate control and positive pressure systems.
- Ventilation. The fans are always in operation and vary their speed depending on the climatic conditions.
- Recirculation. The semiclosed greenhouse annexe corridor and positive pressure windows regulate the airflow in and out of the greenhouse. In addition, fewer windows allow less shade to be generated, resulting in extra light for the crops.
- Sleeves. This equipment has a layout adapted to the position of the crop, the flow rate, and the pressure at which it must circulate…
Greenhouse model for Medical Cannabis
Another use of this Opticlima model is the cultivation of Medical Cannabis.
Why is this greenhouse ideal for the cultivation of Medical Cannabis?
Thanks to its complete equipment, the Opticlima greenhouse model can enhance the experience of Medical Cannabis cultivation. This smart installation increases the effectiveness of disease prevention, including air filters to prevent the entry of spores, micro-organisms and bacteria.
It also has the ability to maintain the right temperature for the development of Medical Cannabis plants. It has a cooling system designed for large greenhouse installations and significantly reduces humidity and temperature differences between fronts and sides, with heating that can vary between tubes or fans. In addition, the Opticlima is designed so that the warm air can be recirculated from top to bottom through several sleeves, resulting in considerable energy savings.
Another important system in the Opticlima is the CO2 injection system in the corridor next to the greenhouse, which is evenly distributed to the crops through the sleeves. It is also possible to install a chiller (Chiller/HVAC) for greenhouses with a high demand for cold air, injecting it from the aisle to the sleeves.
Commitment to innovation and sustainability
J. Huete International maintains its commitment to the research and application of new solutions tailored to the ideas of its customers. The company has a strong international presence and a multidisciplinary team that promotes new high-tech solutions, efficient and sustainable, to apply to their greenhouse projects, to facilitate the production of healthier and stronger crops, minimizing the carbon footprint.
The Opticlima semi-closed greenhouse is therefore one more example of the Spanish company’s unwavering commitment to R&D and to keep creating forward-thinking and innovative solutions to improve the protected cultivation experience.