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Energy efficiency becoming increasingly important in greenhouses

“Since we’re approaching the physical limits of science when it comes to lighting efficacy, we will need to spend more time thinking about other ways to get the same, if not more crop performance, with far less energy, and our company is at the forefront of solving that problem,” says Mikhail Hutton, Chief Executive Officer at Candidus.

Candidus offers growers a comprehensive lighting control system that allows growers to monitor and adjust lighting settings in the greenhouse. Through Candidus’ user-friendly interface, growers can easily modify the photoperiod, set a target DLI, program daylength extension or night interruption programs, etc. Growers can also monitor real-time light levels and generate monthly reports that details the light use and electricity savings.

Candidus recently launched its DLI carryover product that, when enabled, registers excess light levels on sunny days and adjusts the lighting on the following cloudy days. This principle is based on previous research demonstrating that upon receiving high levels on a given day, plants can then receive less lighting on the following day and remain productive.

“The result is that we can maintain high-quality crop performance while promoting greater energy efficiency for the greenhouse. It’s something that has been met with a lot of enthusiasm, and we’re very proud of how it is being used,” explains Mikhail.

Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important in greenhouses
As soaring electricity costs have many greenhouse operations rethinking their cropping calendars (if not leaving their greenhouses empty altogether), the need for energy efficiency has never been higher. Candidus’ adaptive lighting platform allows growers to dim their lights, carry over DLI and apply other energy-saving strategies. According to Mikhail, Candidus users typically see at least a 20% reduction in their energy usage, with the best-case scenario being a 40% reduction. While the 40% remains an exception, Candidus’ goal is that this begins the norm with more of its clients. And according to Mikhail, the company is well on its way to achieving this.

“We are seeing so many places where growers can cut down on their energy usage. These improvements will be good for both the growers (in terms of cost) as well as the communities they operate in,” says Mikhail.

Candidus will be attending GreenTech Amsterdam and look forward to welcoming visitors in Hall 1, at Stand 01.651. Candidus will also be attending Cultivate in July.

For more information:
Mikhail Hutton, CEO
[email protected]

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