Technologies

CEA Holdings works with and around the following technologies…

  • CEA Facilities — Controlled Environment Agriculture facilities include greenhouses, research laboratories and institutions, vertical farms and other structures requiring technologies for controlling variables that include temperature, humidity, pH and nutrient analysis.
  • Hydroponics — Growing plants and crops using mineral nutrient solutions, in water and without soil (aka, geoponics) is a worldwide, multi-billion dollar business.
  • Renewable Energy — We utilize renewable energy, which comes from continually replenished resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.  Renewable energy commercialization involves the deployment of three generations of renewable energy technologies dating back more than 100 years.
  • Robotics — Technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, development, and application of electro-mechanical machines called “robots” and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing within a CEA facility.
  • Wireless Sensors — Spatially distributed autonomous sensors connected together in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) monitor physical or environmental conditions such as temperature, sound, pressure, etc., and cooperatively pass their data through the network to a main location.
  • Lighting Control — Lighting is a central and critical aspect of control in environmental agriculture, because of the importance of mimicking sunlight both in intensity and in spectral balance. Guidelines are needed to provide direction for manufacturers in the construction of controlled environment facilities.
  • Fertigation — Fertilization/Irrigation is the application of fertilizers, soil amendments, or other water-soluble products through an irrigation system. Fertigation control systems are used extensively in commercial agriculture and horticulture applications.
  • Grow Media — Greenhouse grow media provide the economic basis of a successful CEA operation based on the ability of the material to adequately provide plant nutrients and a good rooting environment, such as low salt content and adequate pH.
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) — HVAC is the technology of indoor and automotive environmental comfort. The main purposes of an HVAC system are to help maintain good indoor air quality through adequate ventilation with filtration, while providing thermal comfort. CEA greenhouses utilizes extensive HVAC technologies to maintain the year-round fully controlled environments.