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Energy4Growth, CATO Engineering and CarbonOrO join forces to make greenhouses more sustainable

October 2nd, 2015

Biomass boilers are getting more and more common in greenhouses with growers increasingly focused on the sustainability of their companies.

Companies must balance multiple pressures; the environment, sustainability, competition and costs to the consumer. Wood and biomass are available in large quantities, providing an economical and sustainable replacement for natural gas. However, the lack of affordable carbon dioxide (CO2) has prevented successful implementation of these projects.

CO2 is traditionally supplied in bottles or truckloads. Energy4Growth, CATO Engineering and CarbonOrO have developed an attractive alternative that is capable of extracting the CO2 from the flue gasses of a biomass oven. This CO2 is  more than 99% pure. The system is capable of extracting up to 1,8 kg of CO2 from 1 kilogram of wood. The principle is based on amines, a technology that is both proven and robust with numerous installations in oil, gas and chemical industry.

“We are currently developing several projects of 4 ha and larger with this technology. The pay-back period is only a few years." explains Robert Heikens, Managing Director of Energy4Growth.

"Over the last years, we have gained a lot of experience in using amine scrubbers. Currently we have an installation in operation that produces CO2 to a greenhouse in the Netherlands.” says Immanuel Jurg, Managing Director of CATO Engineering.

“The patented amine technology delivers CO2 in a sustainable way and at extremely low costs.”  according to Pieter Verberne, Founder of CarbonOrO.


For more information:

Energy4Growth Ltd
Robert Heikens
+31 6 3197 4159

Cato Engineering BV
Immanuël Jurg
+31 6 2119 3367

CarbonOrO BV
Pieter Verberne
+31 6 2907 4823