Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium brought together many of the major horticultural lighting companies in the United States on March 20, 2018. The purpose of the web meeting was to discuss how GLASE can accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient lighting technologies to expand the marketplace and to increase the profitability of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) facilities.
The GLASE consortium is developing a framework to support collaboration with lighting companies aimed to promote technology development and increase the adoption of horticultural lighting and control systems by CEA producers. Having identified lighting companies as the consortium’s primary beneficiaries and CEA producers as target customers, GLASE will work with its industry members to demonstrate the benefits of energy-efficient technologies and expand the market for all segments of the CEA supply chain. This includes LED manufacturers, lighting, sensing and control companies, and CEA producers and service providers.
The focus of the meeting was to discuss the proposed collaborative framework and how it resonates with industry members. Companies participating in the meeting included:
- Cree Inc.
- Philips Lighting (Signify)
- Bios Lighting
- P.L. Light Systems
- Ocean Optics,
- Fluence Bioengineering
- Intertek Group
- Thrive Agritech
- Hort Americas
- Meister Media Worldwide (Greenhouse Grower).
As a non-commercial organization, GLASE provides scientific-based data to demonstrate the applications and benefits of advanced greenhouse control systems and how it can increase CEA profitability margins.