Making

vertical farming

possible

LED4CR0PS at STC

Yorkshire, UK  

 

Find out how LED grow lights are helping STC to develop new farming methods.

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Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
Find out how Bosch is using office lighting to create a productive work atmosphere and save energy
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Colorful Philips lights looks amazing.

A normal lettuce grower
can produce

five crops a year. With this system, we can grow fifteen.”


- Graham Ward, CEO, STC

Our partners are standing and posing with the plaque of LED for Crops

The Challenge

 

The Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC) is changing the face of farming. In order to investigate the potential for LED technology to be used in horticulture, it set up a facility called LED4CR0PS. LED grow lights were trialled there in a vertical farming system.

Find this grower in the world.

The right lighting

 

The new LED4CROPS facility is housed in a 200 m2 building and has over 40 benches that are growing plants in a multi-tier array. The benches are equipped with LED grow lights, which can be adjusted to test different light recipes.

 

The LED4CROPS trials are helping to establish the best way to use supplementary lighting for crops like herbs, leafy salads, flowers and strawberries. With the correct light recipe, it may be possible to produce strawberries even in the winter months. And if LED light can be used in place of daylight, it means that plants like strawberries can be grown in a vertical storage system in warehouses. This would not have been possible previously, because a multi-tiered system in a greenhouse would result in the lower layers of plants being shaded from daylight.

 

STC science director Dr Martin McPherson is enthusiastic: “LED technology opens the door to the concept of urban farming. You can grow crops in multi-storey warehouses, close to point of consumption”. According to his colleague, STC CEO Graham Ward, the prospects for growers are bright: “A normal lettuce grower can produce five crops a year. With this system, we can grow fifteen.”

 

Because the LED system does not use green light, it requires less energy than a normal white light would. This results in serious energy savings for the operators.

Creating  new possibilities with light

The team

LED4CROPS at STC

Grower

CambridgeHOK

Philips Horti LED partner

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