LEDs Horticultural Lighting + Tech - Aug 7th, 2023
News and resources on controlled environment agriculture and LED lighting technology for developers, specifiers, and suppliers
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August 7, 2023

Welcome to LEDs Magazine’s Horticultural Lighting + Tech newsletter for Aug. 7, 2023. I often surf through my LinkedIn feed looking for leads on topical debates, R&D, and emerging applications. That’s how we got our July/August feature on how AI algorithms can learn and optimize energy efficiency and crop strategies for growers - in practice, not just in theory.

I also came across a recent conversation about large-scale vertical farming operations struggling or even declaring bankruptcy. A lot of commentary seemed to center around the difficulty in capturing and maintaining investor attention due to overvaluing the business growth potential and underestimating the time to profitability, with some arguing that vertical farming and indoor agriculture businesses fare much better on a smaller level, where their ops and customers remain local rather than cross-country. It’s food for thought, considering some of our earliest horticultural lighting coverage focused on small, point-of-use or point-of-sale operations such as a fresh indoor garden at a restaurant or a container farm at a specialty market in Dallas. I’m curious about the uptake of LED lighting in smaller-scale operations, since we have reported on slowing sales across both finished luminaire and LED component sectors. It might be time to formulate a survey. I’d be interested in hearing from audience members: What questions do you have about the horticultural lighting market? Do you think it’s a market solely impacted by fluctuating economic strain, or is there something else holding it back?

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With AI algorithms providing data analytics and, in turn, responsive lighting capabilities, FRANCOIS ROY-MOIŞAN explains how growers can leverage smart technology to future-proof and optimize greenhouse operations.
CEO Rondolat describes a “missed season” for horticulture, while indoor commercial and home markets continue to slump. Interest rates are now a factor, while outdoor lighting and supply chain offers bright spots in the financials.
Aldo Kamper continues to revive an Osram feel, as a restructuring removes ams-linked executives from the management board, and will eliminate some of the ams portfolio. Q2 sales fall. The future holds micro LEDs.
Hanan has worked as a CEA entrepreneur and in horticultural technical sales. Prior to joining Sollum, he held a role at a leading horticultural LED company.
With this program, researchers provide short-term technical assistance that addresses clean energy goals and helps lay the foundation for utilizing solar panels to benefit crops and livestock
AGL Energy will partner with a fruit and tree nut farmer in the New South Wales Riverina region to build an agricultural microgrid, shifting the irrigation system from diesel power generators to a mix of solar and battery storage.
The study of plant hormones via carbon nanosensor technology could impact plant growth and health, and may someday address rising global food security concerns.