5 Reasons Ceres Designs With Building Information Modeling

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a 3D modeling process used for design and construction in order to more accurately plan and build structures. At Ceres we use BIM software in order to create the most efficient and comprehensive processes for detailed design plans and analysis tools. There are a multitude of reasons why our use…

Carbon Dioxide and Optimal Plant Growth

By Hervé Maumus-Hue Carbon dioxide (CO2): The Basics  Introduction 1 - Different types of plants, different biological processes 2 - C3 plants: the importance of CO2  supplementation 3 - Supplying CO2 - Considerations 4 - Injection techniques 5 - Estimating the cost of CO2 6 - Injecting CO2 can be more cost effective than supplement…

Plant Diet : How To Grow Healthy Plants

By Hervé Maumus-Hue Managing a perfect growing environment is challenging and is the topic of much research. We know that the environment dictates the efficiency of these chemical and physical processes/reactions. As shown below, the environment can be divided into 9 main parameters called the nine cardinal parameters: CO2, temperature, humidity, light, wind, oxygen in…

What is Quality by Design?

What is QbD? Quality by Design (QbD) is a design approach with a focus on building quality into the original product. A product can be defined as a good, service, information, or an internal process. The QbD process is organized into five major steps: defining the objectives and goals, the discovery of appropriate data, design,…

Tuning the Spectrum – An Introduction to Far-Red 

At Ceres, we help our clients become smarter growers by staying at the forefront of greenhouse technology. We conduct our own research on greenhouse systems and collaborate with research institutions so we can continue to optimize our structures. The following is an overview of Red and Far Red light radiation and its effects on plants.…

Supplemental Lighting Strategies for Commercial Cannabis Operations

Are you spending too much on energy costs?   Now that we’ve covered how greenhouse design can save you on lighting costs, and the pros and cons of HPS and LED lights, we’ll discuss how you can increase lighting efficiencies in your commercial cannabis greenhouse with a smart lighting strategy. Let’s review some lighting terms…

LED v HPS: How to Choose the Best Supplemental Lighting for Your Greenhouse

For the second installation of our greenhouse lighting series, we will be discussing the difference between the two most commonly used artificial lights in commercial greenhouse operations - HPS (high-pressure sodium) and LED (light-emitting diode). Read Part 1 here.   A Brief Introduction HPS bulbs create light by sending electricity back and forth through an “arc…

Smart Greenhouse Design Leads To Significant Cost Savings For Lighting

The benefit of growing in a greenhouse, rather than growing indoors, is the ability to utilize free energy from the sun. The sun’s energy is more powerful and effective than any artificial light available. The downside is it’s not consistent. Sunlight intensity will fluctuate depending on a multitude of factors, so commercial greenhouse growers depend…

Water Treatment Solutions for your Cannabis Greenhouse

Major water quality considerations and ways to treat your water for optimal greenhouse production.   When it comes to irrigation, cannabis cultivators get their water from a variety of sources. Whether it’s well, surface, or municipal water, it’s important to have a water treatment system in place to ensure optimal plant growth. If you’re reading…

Benefits of Growing Cannabis in a Sealed Hybrid Greenhouse

Strong odors from cannabis farms can annoy and result in complaints from nearby residents. Many growers struggling with this issue control the smell by spending lots of money on odor mitigation systems such as masking agents or filters. While this is one way to keep happy neighbors, we believe a better solution starts with the…