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Bloemteknik partners with VoltServer to reduce indoor farms' energy consumption

Bloemteknik is partnering with VoltServer Inc. to expand its Align Light-Bar Platform for vertical farm operators. Centralized Digital Electricity™ servers provide DC power directly to the fixture, eliminating the need for LED drivers in the grow spaces. Digital Electricity™ is a high-voltage power that can be installed using ethernet wiring methods, resulting in an average 30% reduction in CAPEX and a 6% reduction in energy use.

Customized performance
The Align Light-Bar Platform is a bespoke lighting solution adaptable in length, spectra, and performance to the unique requirements of an indoor farm, providing a fully customized solution to the grower's application.

Reduced material & installation CAPEX
Electrical construction costs are reduced by an average of 30% since the system can be installed with uncertified labor using ethernet-like wiring methods, resulting in a 5X faster installation than traditional AC or DC infrastructures.

Reduced heat load & improved energy efficiency
Approximately 8% of a typical LED fixture's heat load is generated by the driver. Align Digital Electricity system moves the heat load associated with the driver to an electrical room, where it takes the HVAC system nearly 40% less energy to remove it. Moreover, power is distributed at higher voltages using 75% less equipment resulting in more efficient energy distribution.

"Today's announcement enables vertical farm operators to maximize their lighting performance and optimize their cost-of-ownership," commented James Fleet, Co-Founder & CEO of Bloem. "Every part of the lighting solution is customized to the growers' unique requirements maximizing productivity & reducing CAPEX & OPEX by up to 30%."

James Eaves, Director of Indoor Agriculture at VoltServer. Inc, adds, "Because Digital Electricity is the only high voltage DC distribution system that is approved to be installed using ethernet-like wiring methods, it radically simplifies a farm's electrical and control infrastructure, enabling the use of non-certified labor, and without many of the costly and time-consuming components like GFCI breakers, subpanels, conduit, and step-down transformers." James continues, "It's a privilege to work with Bloem. Few LED-design teams are as talented and respected, and we've seen them consistently exceed grower's expectations."

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