UCalgary’s AINA establishes food production facility at KLRS

December 11, 2020
The University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America has established an off-grid hydroponic food production facility at its Kluane Lake Research Station. The facility is predominantly solar powered and is adapted to be efficient in the sub-arctic temperatures. During peak production, the facility is expected to produce over 2,000 kilograms of produce, which will be sold in local communities. The project will enable researchers to study the viability of producing food in this way in remote locations. “Remote and northern communities often have few fresh food options available, especially during the winter,” said Henry Penn, project co-lead and KLRS manager. “In this containerized unit, we will grow a variety of fresh produce throughout the year, even in the winter months, which is particularly exciting.” UCalgary (AB)