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Top 5 -yesterday
Top 5 -last week
- “Here in Türkiye, we heat greenhouses with geothermal water, which is much cheaper than gas”
- "You have to be knowledgeable about the crop, but also know how to work with others"
- Belgian tomato grower raided on suspicion of using prohibited ToBRFV vaccine
- "A month later, we've had to replant up to 27% of the strawberry plants"
- Labor challenges and inflation in the Canadian horti sector
Top 5 -last month
- Zambia: "We produce 5,000 units of lettuce per week, per tunnel, year-round"
- UK growers stop planting and put nurseries on sale amidst energy crisis and labor shortage
- Family business: growing tomatoes in greenhouses for over 60 years with an eye on innovations
- Passive solar greenhouses: How Ladakh farmers are harvesting crops in winter
- Grow it forward receives USDA grant and doubles hydroponic capabilities
US (PA): Metropolis Farms unveils new indoor ag lighting technology
Griffin presented during the conference’s concluding session, joined by panelists Russel Redding, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture, and R. Delbert LeTang, Chairman and CEO of financial firm SG Preston. LeTang called Metropolis Farms’ technology platform “as advanced and impressive” as he’d seen in 20 years of experience. Their session was entitled “How technology changes indoor agriculture business models.”
At the conference Griffin demonstrated a prototype of his new adaptive lighting technology, OneBallast, which allows a 315 watt bulb to operate at 110 watts, representing a more than 60 percent reduction in energy use. This technology enables one lighting ballast to be used where up to 8 are needed in conventional lighting. The reduction in wattage also controls heat and thus energy used for ambient temperature control in the growing facilities.
The performance of Metropolis Farms' latest technology has been evaluated and validated by a lighting laboratory at a major U.S. engineering school with the results certified by a CPA firm. OneBallast works with all bulbs, including LED. Overall, Metropolis Farms has more than 20 patents pending and filed, positing the company as the clear leader in technology development in the indoor farming sector.
“This technology completely revolutionizes the economics of indoor farming,” said Griffin, “it’s a total game changer and is the key to growing flowering plants economically on a commercial scale.” Griffin indicated that manufacturing of OneBallast will begin in 2018, centered in Philadelphia, and that the technology will be made available to advance the entire industry.
Griffin concluded his remarks noting, “Quite frankly this is much bigger than indoor farming; its impact will be felt across the entire U.S. electric grid.” According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a combined total of 279 billion kilowatt hours of electricity were used residentially and commercially for lighting in the U.S. last year. That amounts to a full 7 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption.
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