The Society for Community Development (SADC) Manicouagan, which oversees the project estimated at $ 650,000, is currently in the fundraising stage so that the system, which fits into the economic and environmental model circular economy, can see the light of day.
The City of Baie-Comeau allocated $ 20,000 for the project.
It’s terrible that we bring our strawberries from California, so if we are able to do it here, in greenhouses that recover the heat from data centers, so much the better., launches the mayor of Baie-Comeau, Yves Montigny.
This recovery project could eventually meet a demand for local fruits and vegetables on the North Shore.
Over the next year, a first greenhouse of 150 square meters could be installed near the Argo Blockchain Data Center.
Blockchain to turn it into Nordic market gardening “,” text “:” This is a pilot project that aims to demonstrate that we can use the heat that emanates from computers at ArgoBlockchain to turn it into Nordic market gardening “}} “>It is a pilot project which aims to demonstrate that we can use the heat emanating from computers at Argo Blockchain to turn it into Nordic market gardening., explains the project manager to the SADC Manicouagan, Édith Corbeil.
A team from the Center for Experimentation and Development in the Boreal Forest of Cégep de Baie-Comeau will take charge of production.
Coop Gaïa, Ferme Manicouagan and Maison des Familles de Baie-Comeau will also help distribute food produced in greenhouses.
An innovative system
The system used to capture, store and redistribute heat will be really put to the test in this project.
” It is a standard greenhouse, as we know well. What is innovative is the recovery system. “
If the researchers’ hypotheses are validated with this first greenhouse, the thermal emissions from Argo Blockchain could represent a power of 8.2 megawatts. According to Ms. Corbeil, this energy would manage to heat a greenhouse of 7,000 square meters.
In addition, this project would not only optimize the use of resources, but also limit the environmental footprint of the data center.
% of greenhouse gases “,” text “:” Compared to a traditional scenario where a greenhouse would need to be heated with propane or fuel oil, we are talking about a reduction of more than 90% of the gases. greenhouse effect “}}”>Compared to a traditional scenario where a greenhouse would need to be heated with propane or fuel oil, we are talking about a reduction of more than 90% of greenhouse gases., indicates Édith Corbeil.
If this project comes to fruition, these greenhouses will allow citizens to consume certain north-coastal foods year-round.
With information from Zoe Bellehumeur