Pure Harvest Smart Farms Adopts Honeywell Technology
Indoor Ag-Con Exhibitor Honeywell has announced that Pure Harvest Smart Farms has adopted its Solstice zd (R-1233zd) ultra-low-global-warming-potential (LGWP) refrigerant to cool its new indoor farm in Al Ain for the growth of produce while reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
The UAE-based company has implemented several high-tech, controlled-environment hybrid growing systems across the Middle East.
The farm in Al Ain will be the first sustainable farming initiative to use Honeywell’s solution. Based on hydrofluoro-olefin technology, Solstice zd is non-flammable with a GWP of 1 and offers better capacity and similar efficiency to HCFC R-123 in low-pressure centrifugal chillers to cool large buildings and infrastructure.
“We’ve developed a successful controlled agriculture business that converts natural sunlight to grow fresh produce in abundance, helping us to address regional challenges such as food insecurity and water scarcity, and offer consumers fresher and more sustainable choices,” said Sky Kurtz, CEO and Co-Founder of Pure Harvest Smart Farms. “Solstice zd is integral to the continued growth of our sustainable operations, and is a practical and economical solution that enables us to meet our long-term goals, and comply with existing and proposed regulations for lower-GWP solutions.”
“Solstice zd is a long-term, environmentally preferable solution for farming in the region, which typically has high energy demands as a result of the hot climate,” said Amir Naqvi, regional business leader, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa for Honeywell Fluorine Products. “Converting to Solstice zd will not only help Pure Harvest Smart Farms with sustainable practices but will also help to accelerate the industry’s conversion to alternatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
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