2019-07-15

Vertical Farm Company AeroFarms Raise US$100 Million Fund Let by IKEA’s Parent Company

Last week LEDinside reported that more and more vertical farming startups have received funds from worldwide investors, marking the great potential of the high-tech farming business. Within a week, another US-based vertical farming company, AeroFarms, announced that it has raised US$ 100 million in the Series E funding round. According to the report by the Financial Times, the funding round was led by IKEA’s parent company, Ingka Group, bringing the total funding to US$ 238 million. Other investors include Wheatsheaf, ADM Capital, Mission Point Cap...
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2019-07-15

Current by GE Teams Hort America to Offer LED Horticulture Solutions for the North America Market

Current, powered by GE announced Hort Americas as its sole distributor for LED horticulture lighting solutions in North America. At Cultivate 2019, Hort Americas showcased Current by GE’s new Arize Element Top Light, which is an one-for-one LED replacement for a double-ended 1000-watt high pressure sodium (HPS) fixture. Current worked closely with its customers to design a top light with efficacy levels up to 3.5 micromoles per joule that supports universal installation, enabling growers to grow more and consume less in any region. Combined with advan...
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2019-07-08

Increasing Funding Pouring into Vertical Farming Startups across the World

The expanding horticulture LED lighting business marks the development of high-tech farming including vertical farming which has attracted increasing investment recently. Vertical farming companies from Europe and the US have reported funds from worldwide investors. Berlin-based vertical farming startup InFarm has raised a US$100 billion fund in its Series B investment led by Atomico with other existing investors including Balderton Capital, Astanor Ventures, Cherry Ventures and TriplePoint Capital joining. Founded in 2013, the Germany company has developed the ...
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2019-07-01

Fluence by OSRAM to Exclusively Provide LED solutions for AgMedica’s Medical Cannabis Facility

Fluence, the Austin-based horticulture LED lighting solution provider who were acquired by OSRAM in 2018, announced that it will provide AgMedica, an Canadian cannabis grower its LED-based growing systems exclusively. AgMedica will deploy Fluence’s LED systems in its multitier facility with the capability to expand operations on demand. The facility will utilize Fluence’s SPYDR 2 series of LED systems at every stage of plant growth, from mother stock, propagation, vegetative to flowering, enabling AgMedica to grow crops consistently with high ...
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2019-06-14

Horticulture Lighting News: Current by GE Release LED Replacement of High Power Grow Light; LED by Fluence by Osram Proved more Effective in Green House

Horticultural applications of LED lighting are the current trend in the lighting industry. Leading companies around the world have been developing different products to meet the increasing demands. As worldwide need for healthy, fresh food continues to grow, greenhouse growers require efficient, effective lighting to enable year-round growing. Current, powered by GE announced the release of the Arize Element Top Light, the industry’s first one-for-one LED replacement for 1000W High Pressure Sodium (HPS) products. The Arize Element features multiple light...
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2019-06-06

LED Grow Light Supplier Fohse to Supply Lighting Solution for Canada’s Curative Cannabis

Fohse, a horticulture lighting supplier based in Nevada, USA, announced that it has closed a deal with Curative Cannabis, a Canadian cannabis grower, to supply cannabis grow lights to its growing facility in Ontario. Curative Cannabis has a production capacity that is scheduled to produce up to 3,000 kg (approx. 6,600 lbs) of cannabis per year both for large-scale cultivation. With the supply partnership, Fohse will be deploying its A3i and F1V LED lighting models in Curative Cannabis' 30,000 square foot growing facility. Curative Cannabis expects that its yield...
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2019-05-29

Heliospectra Expands LED Lighting Solutions with High-Voltage Adjustable Spectrum Light for Greenhouse and Indoor Horticulture Applications

Horticulture lighting solution supplier Heliospectra introduced a new high voltage fixture to its expanding product portfolio. The new ELIXIA model features a high input voltage ranging from 277- 480VAC power supply for the company's fully adjustable spectrum and software-controlled LED light solution. The high input voltage ELIXIA fixture is suitable for larger facilities using industrial scale electrification for cultivation and crop production. (Image: Heliospectra) Heliospectra's new 600W high voltage ELIXIA fixture is an addition to the comp...
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2019-05-27

Plessey to Complete LED Installation for Tomato Farm in Belgium

Flemish tomato grower Tomato Masters and Plessey will complete the LED installation of 100% Hyperion top lights this year, bringing the overall level of supplementary light to over 200 umol/m²/s. The two companies announced their partnership in 2018 to install LED lighting for a new 5.4 hectares greenhouse. It is one of the largest 100% LED installations on tomatoes in the world and there has been a lot of interest in how the crop reacts. Plessey noted that LED as a cooler light source with les radiant heat has less impact on temperature of cultivation environment...
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2019-05-20

Macedonian Company Looks to Automate Light Environment with Heliospectra’s Solutions for Cannabis Cultivation

Heliospectra, the Swedish horticulture lighting solution provider, announced an order from a Macedonian company who is building a smart production facility for cannabis cultivation in Macedonia. The company decided to automate the light environment using Heliospectra’s fully adjustable ELIXIA LED lighting solutions and helioCORE™ light control system. The company, named Sea of Green (SOG), aims to construct a high-tech indoor production facility for high-quality cannabis production to meet the rising needs in the international market. SOG has chos...
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2019-05-02

Samsung Introduces Benefits of Horticulture LEDs for Vertical Farming

The development of agricultural innovation has become more and more urgent than ever given the factors of increasing world population and global warming. As a result, vertical farming, which serves as a feasible solution to mass produce healthy and safe food, is getting increasingly popular across the world. Samsung Electronics has launched full-spectrum white-based horticulture LEDs to keep up with the trend of agriculture innovation and underline the advantages of applying LEDs for smart farming approaches such as vertical farm. (Image: Samsung) Smart farming refers t...
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2019-04-17

LRC to Develop Education Program Focus on Horticulture Lighting Applications

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) announced that it is developing a new course curriculum on lighting for plant growth and health to meet the increasing demands following the rising trend of indoor and controlled farming. Research from the Illumination for Plant Health (IPH) Alliance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has shown that “Precision Light Dosing” can be used to combat the many pests and pathogens that reduce crop yields, and to increase plant health. At the same time, due to factors such as interest in local and sustainable food, along with m...
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2019-03-28

Research Proves LED Lighting Improves Flower Growth Compare to HPS Lighting

Horticulture LED applications have become more and more popular as LED lighting uses less energy and delivers more efficient light source for cultivation with its feature of adjustable intensity and wavelength. To prove the advantages of LED lighting in horticultural applications, researchers at the University of Guelph, Canada, tried to find out to what degree LED advancements could benefit greenhouses. Dave Llewellyn, Katherine Schiestel, and Youbin Zheng from the University of Guelph investigate the potential for LED lighting technologies to replace conventi...
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2019-03-28

Heliospectra Expands Business in North America for the Raising Market of Commercial Food and Cannabis

Swedish horticulture lighting company Heliospectra is expanding its business in North America to meet increasing demands of the rapid growing market driven by commercial food production and licensed commercial cannabis. The new business entity, Heliospectra Canada, will open doors in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 15, 2019. With sales growth and customer adoption of Heliospectra's horticultural LED lighting solutions and control systems across North America since 2017, Heliospecta has gained recognition with its expertise in horticultural lighting and managemen...
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2019-03-25

Signify Supports Prime Delica to Grow Salads for 7-Eleven Japan

In November 2018, Nikkei Asian Review has covered that Japan’s largest convenience store operator 7-eleven would set up a plant factory in Tokyo to produce vegetable for its own salads products in January 2019. The project operator and a longtime premium delicatessen supplier to 7-Eleven Prime Delica has adopted Signify’s growing light for its vertical farm facility located in the city of Sagamihara in the Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. Signify provided the Philips GreenPower LEDs to help Prime Delica to grow crops with vitamin levels and nutritional v...
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2019-03-21

MEAN WELL Introduce New Generation XLG Series and Horticultural Lighting Solution at SIL 2019

MEAN WELL presented its latest LED Power Solution Technology at Strategies in Light (SIL), the LED show, Las Vegas, 2019. MEAN WELL was excited to showcase the new generation LED waterproof driver- The XLG family. Compares to the legacy HLG series, XLG series is designs as an economical version AC/DC LED drivers with compact size and high efficiency (up to 90%). XLG family covers a power range of 25W to 240W, with its innovative design which improves surge protection level (Line-Earth: 6KV and Line-Line: 4KV). The model al...
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2019-02-23

Heliospectra Announces Services Re-brand and New Order from European Research Facility

Sweden-based horticulture lighting specialist Heliospectra reported that it has re-branded its technical services under the new name, helioCARE. The company also revealed an order from a medicinal plant research facility in Spain. With its expertise in intelligent lighting technology for greenhouse and controlled environment, Heliospectra offers a team of experts and a range of turnkey services to help growers and businesses to increase yields, accelerate harvests, and achieve consistent crop quality and production cycles. (image: Heliospectra) The re-branded helioCAR...
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2019-02-15

Canadian Cannabis Grower Liht Adopts LED Lighting Technology from Agnetix

Liht Cannabis, a Canada-based cannabis grower, has selected LED lighting system from Agnetix, a horticulture grow light specialist, for the growing facilities in British Columbia, Canada. Agnetix develops advanced LED solutions for horticulture applications. Its Agnetix A3 liquid-cooled LED lighting system will be used in the newly announced 486,000 sq ft high-tech indoor cultivation facility of Liht which is the first organic cannabis facility equipped with a cogeneration system as an alternative way to create power. (Image: Agnetix) "Our cutting-edge f...
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2019-02-13

Seoul Semiconductor Provides SunLike Series LEDs for Dutch Horticulture Lighting Company

Seoul Semiconductor announced that its SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs have been adopted for horticulture LED lighting by Rofianda, a Netherlands-based lighting solution company. According to Seoul Semiconductor, its SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs produce light that closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight. Adopting the SunLike LEDs, the horticulture LED lighting by Rofianda achieved a full spectrum of light wavelengths from 380nm to 740nm which is similar to the spectral curve of natural sunlight. In co-operation with Rofianda, Seoul ...
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2019-02-12

Plessey Introduces New Inter Light to Complement Top Lighting in Greenhouses

Plessey added a new horticulture lighting product to its Hyperion Grow Light. The new Hyperion Inter Light comes after its Hyperion top light range which saw over 10Ha of grow light installations in 2018. Plessey’s Hyperion Inter Light has been specifically designed to provide intra canopy light from LEDs for high wire cultivation of greenhouse vegetables and is installed within the crop to supplement existing top lighting. The Inter Light is suitable for use in hybrid systems with HPS and LEDs, promoting plant growth and fruit ripening speed. With a choic...
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2019-01-22

US Researcher Suggests Controlled LED Lighting Offers Potential for Social and Scientific Advances

One essential features of LED lighting is that its wavelength and intensities can be managed to meet various requirements of different applications. Jeff Tsao, a researcher of Sandia National Laboratories, believes that engineered light has great potential to improve human health and productivity. Tsao and his colleagues have published a Nature “Perspectives” article in November 2018 to illustrate the unlimited potential of LED lighting. (Image: SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES) The authors addressed that "LED lighting is o...
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2018-11-20

Heliospectra to Provide Horticulture Lighting Solutions to European Growers

Heliospectra, the Swedish horticulture LED lighting solution provider, has reported new orders from John Innes Center, a British research center, and F&M 2017 DOO, a Macedonian medicinal cannabis provider. UK-based John Innes Centre focuses on researches on plant science and uses speed breading to accelerate research on wheat and other crops. The institute has installed Heliospectra’s LED grow light for its research project and successfully speeded up the growing cycle of wheat. John Innes Centre has ordered new ELIXIA and EOS lights from H...
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2018-09-28

Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining, Same for LED Lighting

With the low profit of LED general lighting and the escalating uncertainty of the LED industry due to the trade war, worldwide LED manufacturers are facing unprecedented challenges and have taken different actions to cope with the situation. Some decided to divert their LED lighting business while others are changing their business focal point. However, LEDinside believes that there are plenty of opportunities for LED lighting technology despite the difficult circumstance of the current LED lighting industry.
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2014-05-12

Philips and Green Sense Farms Develop New Indoor Farming LED Lights

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, has partnered with Green Sense Farms (GSF), a Chicago-area commercial grower, to develop one of the largest indoor commercial farms using LED grow lights tailored to their specific crops. This innovative farming model allows them to harvest 20-25 times a year by using ‘light recipes’ optimized for their produce, using 85 percent less energy. The result will be an increase in crop yields and reduced operating costs, while providing consumers with locally grown, fresh vegetables throughout the year.
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TSLC Corporation, a subsidiary of SemiLEDs, launched sampling of its tri-color Mini LED series, targeted to provide LED display manufacturers with surface-mounting (SMT) compatible devices. The first product in the tri-color multi pixel series... READ MORE

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