Environmental factors like limited land, water use efficiency and climate change are pushing food production to controlled environment facilities (CEA), and farmers are feeling increased pressure to increase plant productivity at competitive prices. Supplemental lighting provides substantially increased crop yield with a reduced growing time, which translates into additional revenue. However, the high capital and operational costs associated with artificial lighting systems represent a major economic barrier for the feasibility of these systems.
The PhytoSynthetix adaptive lighting system allows growers to achieve high production yields at a fraction of the energy consumption when compared to other lighting systems. The energy savings provided by our system makes this technology available and affordable for a vast range of greenhouse growers and CEA cultivators all around the country.
Problem to be Solved
Light levels are arbitrarily chosen and there is no control over the lighting systems other than turning it “on” and “off”. More problematic yet is the fact that nobody knows how efficiently the plants are using the provided artificial light. This results in wasted energy and poor predictability of crop production. Using lighting recommendations based on available historical weather data growers become exposed to one of the following problems: