KMB Design Group provides comprehensive energy solutions for technical assistance partnerships (TAPs) in the indoor agriculture industry. With direct access to capital, KMB is able to accelerate timelines for medically-licensed cannabis businesses. Our modular approach reduces business costs and accelerates the time to market.

Controlled Environmental Agriculture Systems

Combining engineering, plant science, and computer-managed greenhouse technologies, KMB can now optimize plant growing systems and increase production efficiency for TAPs. Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) systems provide for full control of the plant environment, including consistent management of light, temperature, and CO2 levels.

KMB recognizes that CEA systems deliver the greatest benefits for technical assistance partnerships, both inside and outside the medically-licensed cannabis industry. Our focus is on the development and management of sophisticated CEA systems using a modular approach. With top-tier technology and financial partnerships, we’re working with clients to increase yield and decrease the cost of goods sold.

Using Combined Heat & Power to Improve Process Efficiency

Combined Heat & Power has become the industry-standard for TAPs. Given the unique needs of growers in the indoor agriculture industry—and the massive electrical loads required for optimal lighting and growing conditions— KMB has worked to develop industry-leading solutions that maximize output while minimizing costs.

With an overall system efficiency that far outpaces traditional electricity grids, Combined Heat & Power significantly reduces carbon emissions and lowers carbon footprints. Waste heat recovered from power generation is used to meet other energy needs, and recovered CO2 enhances growing capabilities. As a result, the risk of outages is diminished and facilities experience a reduced need for humidity control and air conditioning.

Capstone Microturbines provide inherent redundancy, so indoor agriculture facilities are capable of staying online during extended power outages, and TAPs don’t have to invest additional capital in backup generation.

Key Benefits of Combined Heat & Power

  • Reduced Cost of Goods Combined Heat & Power increases overall process efficiency and reduces the amount of power consumed by about 30% to 35%. 
  • Increased Quality TAPs experience greater yield and decreased waste using a system with a broad range of operations for cooling and dehumidification. 
  • Greater Resiliency Generating power on-site lowers the risk of power outages with greater redundancy.

Environmental Sustainability Carbon emissions are significantly reduced, leading to a smaller carbon footprint for producers that rely on Combined Heat & Power rather than traditional power.

Whether you’re getting your first grow to market or your 50th, KMB offers creative financial solutions that lower business costs while maintaining the highest-quality product. Contact us to learn more about using Combined Heat & Power today.

Garrett McCaffety

Director of Cannabis/Agri-Grow Engineering

Office 848.828.9022

Our engineering team brings robust experience, results-oriented designs and solutions, and a time-sensitive, client-focused approach to all our assignments.  With experience in multiple LEED projects and energy intensive markets, we look to propose and implement environmentally sound practices on all projects based upon historical evidence of practical, economical results.

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