Capturing carbon dioxide to grow food

Delta, British Columbia-based ProSelect Gas Treating Inc. has unveiled a new carbon capture system for the greenhouse industry. The GC6 Carbon Capture System has the ability to harness carbon dioxide (CO2) from biomass combustion emissions and convert it into fertilizer to grow greenhouse crops.

DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, April 20, 2012 -- Delta, British Columbia-based ProSelect Gas Treating Inc. has unveiled a new carbon capture system for the greenhouse industry.


The GC6 Carbon Capture System has the ability to harness carbon dioxide (CO2) from biomass combustion emissions and convert it into fertilizer to grow greenhouse crops.

This $5 million Canadian-made innovation gives greenhouse growers access to a more sustainable solution for greenhouse operations. The system allows growers to take advantage of renewable and inexpensive biomass sources like wood waste to not only heat their greenhouses, but also deliver essential CO2 fertilizer to their crops.

Victor Krahn, CEO and Co-Founder of ProSelect Gas Treating Inc said "our goal is to help reduce our industry's dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels while creating a sustainable legacy that supports locally grown food."

The GC6 intercepts CO2 contained in biomass and captures carbon dioxide at a rate of 5 tons per hour. The system strips pure carbon dioxide and delivers it directly to growing greenhouse fruits and vegetables as a natural fertilizer.

Using biomass to heat greenhouses has become increasingly popular. Costs for biomass are minimal and often only involve local delivery fees. Until now though, operators had to rely on non-renewable sources like natural gas and liquid CO2 for fertilizing their crops.

A key advantage for growers who make the switch to the GC6 or retrofit their systems with it, is the significant reduction in fuel and energy costs, which can add up to as much as 50 per cent. In British Columbia, growers have the additional benefit of being exempt from the B.C. carbon tax which applies exclusively to the purchase of fossil fuels and not biomass.

Further financial benefits include savings on chemicals and disposal fees; access to green government grants to help compensate for purchase costs; and revenue created from developing, trading and selling carbon credits through programs like Offsetters, a leading Canadian provider of carbon management solutions.

"ProSelect has taken a very strong leadership position by developing the GC6 which has the potential to significantly reduce the industry's dependence on fossil fuels and the resulting impacts on climate change," said Dr. James Tansey, CEO of Offsetters.

"We hope that local governments will provide incentives for growers to make the switch to the GC6 to achieve a negative carbon footprint, one greenhouse at a time."

Partial funding for the GC6 Carbon Capture System pilot project was provided by the Government of British Columbia's Innovative Clean Energy Fund ($2.24 million) and the Government of Canada through Sustainable Development Technology Canada's SD Tech Fund ($1 million).

ProSelect's partners are Vyncke, suppliers of the GC6 biomass boilers; Koch Glitsch, which provided the integral internal packing materials; Procede BV, a Dutch engineering firm specializing in innovative green technologies; and SunSelect Produce, a B.C.-based greenhouse company with more than 25 years of industry experience.

For more information about the GC6 Green Carbon Capture System, visit gc6.ca. Media tours, press kits and photographs are available.

Featured Product

SMA America - Introducing the New Sunny Boy 5.0/6.0-US

SMA America - Introducing the New Sunny Boy 5.0/6.0-US

The Sunny Boy 5.0-US / 6.0-US features a wealth of improvements and joins SMA's lineup of field-proven solar technology backed by the world's #1 service team. The world's first Secure Power Supply now delivers up to 2,000 W of opportunity power when the grid goes down and the sun is shining. Installation has never been easier thanks to SMA's Installation Assistant, direct access via smartphone, and integrated DC disconnect. The Sunny Boy's multiple independent input channels, each with SMA's OptiTrac™ Global Peak, mean hundreds of stringing configurations for flexible system design while solving the challenges of complex roofs and shading. The residential PV market is changing rapidly, and we understand that your bottom line matters more than ever. That's why we've designed a superior residential solution that will help you decrease costs throughout all stages of your business model. The Sunny Boy 5.0-US and 6.0-US are once again raising the bar by offering improved performance, enhanced features, and most importantly, cost savings across the entire spectrum of residential installation processes.