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AGT Hybrid Greenhouse Named Finalist for the 2019 Edison Awards

Ancon Development Corporation announced that they have been selected as a finalist in the Energy and Sustainability category in the 2019 Edison Awards for their new AGT Hybrid Greenhouse. The greenhouse includes a sealed, cleanroom laboratory environment with variable daylighting control, which is perfect for medical plant research, plant testing for new hybrids through DNA co-mingling, hybrid seed testing, bio-algae and for growing in cold climates or barren environments. All air flow is managed by proprietary oil bath fans, which contain a series of oil laden filters and traps to eliminate airborne contaminates and odors.

Since 1987, the Edison Awards have recognized and honored the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world. The Edison Awards will announce gold, silver and bronze award winners at the annual Edison Awards to be held Thursday, April 4, 2019 in New York City.

AGT Hybrid Greenhouse is a new approach to advanced greenhouse technology. The AGT Greenhouse system is copyrighted and under provisional patent protection due to its proprietary features. Only AGT Greenhouses use an underground Natural Air Earth System to draw natural earth core air temperatures of 55 to 60 degrees to reduce energy bills by up to 80 percent. The natural daylighting also curbs prohibitive electric bills often associated with indoor growing using artificial light sources.

Best of all, because AGT Greenhouses use conventional galvanized framing construction methods, a complete AGT Greenhouse can be designed and constructed in a matter of months. Compare this to the years of delay ordering from existing greenhouse vendors, and the benefits to growers becomes even more compelling.

Founded in 1987, the Edison Awards is a part of the parent 501(c)(3) organization, Edison Universe. The Edison Awards are inspired by Thomas Alva Edison, who received 1,093 U.S. patents because of his outstanding new product development methods. The Edison Awards is an annual, international competition designed to honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. Winners represent “game changing” products, services, excellence and leadership in innovation around four criteria: Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact. The Awards are named after inventor Thomas A. Edison and symbolize the persistence and excellence in innovation as personified by him.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a top innovative company by the Edison Awards,” says Terry Van Gelder, CEO of Ancon Development Corporation. “Our AGT Hybrid Greenhouses is a complete rethinking of greenhouse design from the ground up. It’s not an understatement to say that this will transform the way growers conduct their business.”

All nominations were reviewed by the Edison Awards Steering Committee and the final ballot sent to an independent judging panel. The judging panel was comprised of more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organizations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines.