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Greenhouse control systems installed in two UK universities’ greenhouses

Tomtech, a UK company that develops complete control systems for greenhouses, recently had their T100 control system installed in greenhouses in both Sussex University and University College London.

Located on the south coast in Brighton, Sussex University’s greenhouse is being used by students to conduct controlled plant growth experiments. University College London’s greenhouse is located on the rooftop of their Darwin building in central London and is also being used to study plant growth in a highly precise and controlled environment.

Both university greenhouses are growing a variety of plants, and University College London is also experimenting with algae in their custom-made algae growth rack. Due to their diverse horticultural needs, the universities required a control system that measured factors including light, humidity, and temperature.

Luke Smith, from Bridge Greenhouses, oversaw the installation process for both universities. University College London also needed some adaption due to its bespoke grow-dome glasshouse structure. Luke states: “The curved domed roof of University College London’s greenhouse made their control system installation a little more unique than our usual.”

“Tomtech’s T100 Control System was more than capable of the challenge though, with the only adjustment being a cooling system within the glasshouse because its bespoke construction made its roof ventilation less efficient.”

Krzysztof Hernik, Managing Director at Tomtech UK, states: “Our T100 Control System is being used to help students grow their horticultural knowledge in some of the UK’s top universities. Our T100 controls and monitors a range of measurements including temperatures, humidity, light, CO2, and more. It can also be highly localized to provide the perfect growing conditions for differing crops, so it’s an ideal tool to use in the education system.”

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