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webinar, February 20

Horticultural lighting systems energy-savings calculations

In controlled environment agriculture supplemental lighting is required to support year-long crop production. In this presentation Dr. Neil Mattson from Cornell University and Dr. AJ Both from Rutgers University will talk about the yield and economic impacts of different supplemental lighting systems. During the first part of the presentation we will hear about the relation between the use of supplemental lighting and biomass yield increase. At the second part of the presentation we will learn how to determine the capacity of a supplemental lighting system and how to calculate its implementation and operational costs.

Dr. AJ Both is an engineer by training with degrees from Wageningen University (1988) in the Netherlands and Cornell University (1995). Dr. AJ Both now serves on the faculty in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University as Professor and Extension Specialist. His research focuses on methods and systems to provide the optimum growing environment in protected plant production facilities. AJ is also a lead researcher at the GLASE consortium.

Dr. Neil Mattson, is an associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science having joined Cornell University in 2007. He serves as a statewide greenhouse specialist with research and outreach programs focusing on the physiology of both vegetable and flower crops. His work emphasizes strategies to optimize crop production while reducing energy use through improved lighting and greenhouse control systems, plant mineral nutrition, and plant stress physiology. Neil is also a lead researcher at the GLASE consortium.

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