LEDs Horticultural Lighting + Tech - Nov 6th, 2023
News and resources on controlled environment agriculture and LED lighting technology for developers, specifiers, and suppliers
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November 6, 2023

Welcome to LEDs Magazine’s Horticultural Lighting + Tech newsletter for Nov. 6, 2023. While we have been observing a slowdown in the adoption of LED-based horticultural lighting and supporting controls systems for some time, there are pockets of activity demonstrating that both the lighting industry and the growers recognize the value of technology-driven agriculture and the return on investment. Although Signify, ams Osram, and Cree LED have seen softness in horticultural component and finished lighting product sales, Fluence continues to collaborate with key players in controlled environment agriculture, leading to new data on light recipes that optimize nutrient and flavor components in food crops. Moreover, climate resilience advocacy firm Resource Innovation Institute continues to pursue best practices by partnering with leading CEA operators, industry organizations, and governmental representatives to build a consensus framework for evaluating modern farming practices and develop standardized methods for measurement of the environmental benefits and impacts of CEA.

Perhaps the adoption of horticultural LED systems has slowed in the interim, but their potential remains ripe for a future focused on decarbonization, net-zero objectives, and integration of efficient operational technologies with cleaner energy systems.

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A trial horticultural study in the Netherlands aims to establish the best combination of light and salt levels to optimize flavor and other qualities.
A 29-year-old veteran of Signify and Philips moves into the top job in Austin, Texas. The parent strengthens its control. Will Signify continue to operate two different horticultural lighting outfits?
The company’s 20% Q4 drop is an improvement, and bosses say it should continue to get better. Still, the performance drags down numbers at parent SGH, largely a computing group.
Could affect U.S. sites. The company’s continuing cost-cutting measures are slowly helping, but quarterly sales and income fall again.
It’s the latest financial recovery move under new CEO Aldo Kamper. Third-quarter sales and earnings fall, but operating margins were up. Are things turning around?
The North American Horticultural Technology Center and Academy displays the latest greenhouse technologies and fosters advanced research and development projects.
New features include weather forecasting in the DLI controller, a new graphical interface with a drag-and-drop feature for zone creation, and an improved data overview of the environment.
“CEA Footprint Project” brings experts together to establish methodologies that can guide environmental accounting and reporting related to controlled environment agriculture.
Purdue University researchers have designed two simple LED lighting strategies to increase yield and reduce energy costs for the vertical farming sector of indoor agriculture, according to a press release from Purdue Agricultural Communications.
The facility will house several university departments as well as scientists from the federal Agricultural Research Service.