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Psychrometrics from Seed to Harvest

September 27, 2019 | 4:20 pm | Room 1 | Cultivation

When designing HVAC systems for controlled environment agriculture (CEA), engineers and equipment manufacturers should plan for the whole spectrum of load profiles and operating conditions. A good understanding of how the psychrometrics vary from seed to harvest is paramount for optimizing yield and minimizing energy consumption.

By giving attendees a basic understanding of psychrometrics (the physical and thermodynamic properties of gas-vapor mixtures), growers and investors can learn how to optimize their growth potential and become more environmentally friendly.

Kyle Bowling, P.E., Director of Product Development, ZeroCool Systems

Kyle Bowling is a mechanical engineer who specializes in heat exchanger design. During the past eight years he has built custom systems for various applications such as controlled environment agriculture, air conditioning, refrigerated warehouses and extraction chillers. His clients have included international companies such as Google and Walmart as well as multiple university and government applications.

Having spent nearly a decade with RAE Corporation, Kyle is among the foremost mechanical developers in the country. His innovative approach has led to several breakthroughs in cannabis cultivation through HVAC equipment design and patented control algorithms. 

He has worked extensively with ASHRAE Technical Committees, including TC 2.2, and ASABE where he serves as Co-Chair developing standard x653: Recommended Practices for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Lighting Systems Used for Indoor Plant Growth without Sunlight.

Kyle holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

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