The Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium is a public-private partnership to integrate advanced energy-efficient LED lighting with improved environmental controls for more efficient and sustainable greenhouse production. The consortium is led by Cornell University’s Controlled Environment Agriculture group and the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
GLASE research integrates advances in LED light engineering, plant photobiology, carbon dioxide enrichment and systems control to dramatically reduce the energy cost and carbon footprint of horticultural lighting. GLASE is creating intelligent systems that can be easily tailored to the needs of specific greenhouse crops, providing unparalleled flexibility for the grower. This new consortium will include lighting manufacturers, growers, trade groups, produce buyers, agriculture lighting engineers, researchers, and government agencies, as well as researchers at Cornell, Rensselaer and other academic partners.
GLASE builds on prior lighting and agricultural energy control systems work sponsored by NYSERDA. To ensure new energy-efficient technologies are adopted within the greenhouse industry, GLASE will make its advanced systems capabilities broadly accessible through extensive educational outreach and training opportunities.