What is GLASE?

GLASE, the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering Consortium, is a partnership among growers, plant physiologists and horticulturists, trade groups, produce buyers, agriculture engineers, lighting manufacturers, government agencies, and others to pioneer and commercialize breakthrough technologies that deliver greenhouse crop and energy solutions.

Established in 2017 by Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), GLASE unites world-class engineers and horticultural researchers with private and public stakeholders to transform the way greenhouses operate, dramatically reducing their energy use and increasing yields and crop quality through holistic greenhouse lighting energy management systems integrated with carbon dioxide supplementation, ventilation improvements, and humidity control.

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.

Vision

Our vision is to transform horticultural lighting and systems management in the rapidly growing greenhouse industry by optimizing energy efficiency, crop yield and quality by performing research and demonstrations of improved prototypes, products and integrated systems for greenhouse lighting control.

Mission

Advance the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) field through a holistic approach bringing together different areas of expertise from academia and marketplace expertise forming a Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering consortium to create a technology and information hub for knowledge exchange and network among the industry stakeholders and key players.

Goal

Form a multidisciplinary group to identify existing problems and future opportunities in the greenhouse industry to progressively develop more efficient lighting solutions. By closing the gap between industry manufacturers and greenhouse growers, GLASE’s goal is to increase the adoption of new technologies across the entire greenhouse industry supply chain.