Cannabis growers are in an industry that is undergoing historic transitions, which presents many opportunities to be identified as a progressive, world-leading example of good practices, while complying with health and environmental laws and confusing operational regulations.
Cannabis growers must:
- Offer a superior product to their clients that is free of mold, but also free of fungicides and other harmful chemicals.
- Maintain a healthy environment for employees, free of strong-odors, fungicides, and ozone
- Prevent complains resulting from escaping odors and ozone, from cities and the community where the grow-operation is located.
- Be eco-friendly and mitigate, as much as possible, any type of environmental pollution.
The FN® Coating photocatalytic technology can achieve the above goals and increase the yield of the growing operation while saving money by:
- Eliminating fungicides and other disease controlling chemicals
- Reducing sick-leave and other employee complaints.
- Minimizing the possibility of fines and bad publicity due to outdoor air pollution and ozone creation.
Destruction of Pollutants
The patented FN® Nano photocatalytic coating, made from titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanocrystals and a nano-binder that (contrary to its competitors) does not interfere with the natural photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide, can be easily applied on the walls, ceiling and other surfaces to convert the growing operation into a large, instant, but long-acting air-purifier that eliminates air pollutants and disease-causing fungi. With appropriate UVA lighting, the FN® coated surface produces a strong photocatalytic reaction which disassociates the chemical bonds of the molecules that make physical contact with the titanium dioxide nanocrystals and thus, breakdown the molecules and fungi spores into their basic components: water, oxygen and carbon dioxide. However, the photocatalytic reactions will not harm the plants or any other multicellular organisms.
FN® coatings are neither fungicides nor pesticides. The coatings are composed of inert substances that induce (catalyze) UV light to produce photocatalytic reactions.
To increase yield, growers need to grow healthy plants and keep employees healthy and productive.
- Cannabis flowers and foliage may be infected with fungal plant pathogens that colonize the buds prior to harvest. The most common fungi that cause bud-rot are two species of Penicillium and Powdery mildew. These fungi spread from plant to plant through aerial spores. The photocatalytic process permanently and silently interferes with the propagation of the air floating spores. Additionally, the fungi will not be able to creep from the soil up the plant-stems if a small amount of coating is applied onto the planting pot. Finally, the grower will be able to eliminate the need for fungicides and ozone.
- Cannabis plants emit terpenes, volatile-organic-compounds (VOCs), inhalable organic dust, bioaerosols, and pollen/allergens. Photocatalysis breaks down these airborne substances and replaces them with carbon dioxide (CO2) and water which will stimulate healthy plant growth.
- The scientific literature cites several health hazards related to the cannabis industry, such as respiratory ailments. The FN® coating photocatalytic reactions are an integral part of the growers’ risk management strategies. Healthy and happy employees are more productive and can save growers a lot of money.
Avoid Complaints from Neighbors, Environmentalist and Regulators
The legal status of the cannabis industry is still precarious. Consequently, a wise grower will protect his business by mitigating protests from the community.
If properly applied, photocatalysis will eliminate the following:
- Bad odors from terpenes and VOCs produced by the cannabis plants.
- Trace gases and particles in the grow facility and from the air outside the facility.
- The gases that will contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, O3.
Our guarantee is for 10 years. However, once applied the FN® coating will maintain its photocatalytic properties for 30 to 50 years.
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