Thursday, March 14, 2019

Canada: Aquaponics Farm to Use Direct Source of Geothermal Heat for Plant Growth

Construction on Yukon aquaponics facility could begin this spring (CBC)

New plan would use geothermal energy near Takhini hot springs, proponents say

Some entrepreneurs in Yukon say they've found a creative way to move their project forward — by using geothermal power. Founders of Yukon's North Star Agriculture have been pushing to build an aquaponics facility in Yukon, which would raise fish and vegetables indoors. 

CEO Sonny Gray says the company has now secured funding to build a facility near the Takhini hot springs, outside Whitehorse. Gray says that using geothermal power for the project could reduce energy costs by at least a third.

The plan is to use warm water that drains from the Takhini Hot Pools. The water won't touch the plants, but its heat will be used year-round to cycle through heat exchangers and pipes in the floor. 

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