Co2 Generator w/ Electric Ignition. The cost effective way to add CO2
Benefits of Increased Carbon DioxideCarbon dioxide occurs naturally in the environment and plants need carbon dioxide to grow. By increasing the ambient CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) levels in an environment, it is possible to increase the growth and improve the overall health of many plants. . They can be burn liquid propane or natural gas. All units are fired with glow plug ignitor so no pilot light is needed. Combined with a Co2 monitor you can maximize your garden.
Photosynthesis is the process by which green plants utilize the sun's energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into food energy (sugars and starches). Carbon dioxide is produced naturally by animals during respiration and absorbed by plants during photosynthesis. Plants produce oxygen, animals inhale air (which contains oxygen) and exhale carbon dioxide, and the cycle repeats.
The naturally occurring level of CO2 averages around 400 ppm (parts per million) or 0.04%. Some specific benefits of increasing the CO2 concentration in the growing environment include;
- Growth Boost - the plant’s rate of growth often from the first day. This “head start” can mean improved productivity in later stages of the plant’s development.Size. Observations have shown that doubling the concentration of CO2 in an environment increases the total weight of herbaceous plants by 30 to 50%Roots.
- With increased CO2, plants produce more fine roots, the key to obtaining nutrients and water from the soilFlowers. Increase the number and size of flowersLight. Decrease the intensity of light required for growth Temperature.
- Increase optimum growing temperatureAir & Water. The size and number of stomatal apertures (pores) decreases. This reduces absorption of air pollutants that would result in lower yields.
- Improve the ability to contend with toxic elements in the soilPests.
- Increase the production of defense compoundsTime. Crops reach maturity faster Yield.
The bottom line. Crop yields increase as the concentration of CO2 increases: roughly 30% gain with a 300ppm increase in the CO2 level Too much of a good thingPlants. As with most things, there is a point after which increases in the CO2 concentration will not have any beneficial effects. Current field research has shown the optimum CO2 level for greenhouse growing is between 1000 and 2000 ppm (0.1% and 0.2% respectively).
Very high levels of CO2 can have an adverse effect on people. Exposure to levels of 10,000 ppm (1%) can be extremely harmful. Even lower levels of CO2 can have side effects such as headaches if you are exposed to them for extended periods of time. Ensure that the normal operating level does not exceed 3,000 ppm CO2.
Determining your needs
Photosynthesis occurs best when the level of carbon dioxide is recieved within 3 minutes. Charging the atmosphere quickly insures that the rapid photosynthesis process will not be interrupted and the plants growth rate are reduced.
Getting the Co2 level of the room to 1500 ppm in 3 minutes is the formula we use for sizing.
One light in a hydroponic room covers an area of 250 Cubic feet. That means you need approximately one burner per light to reach maximum results.