GLASE has secured a $5 million investment to develop a multi-year holistic research program with more than 300 specific technical milestones ranging from new LED encapsulants and drivers to integrated greenhouse control systems implementation.

Working together, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rutgers University are combining complementary areas of expertise to design and develop innovative greenhouse lighting and control systems. GLASE-developed technologies will be implemented in small and large commercial greenhouses and become preferentially available to its industry members for licensing and implementation.

GLASE core research areas of work:

Technology barriers addressed: Development of high-efficiency, dynamic LED systems

  • Improved high refractive index (RI) encapsulants
  • Green LED development
  • Improved thermal management
  • High efficiency wide bandgap LED drivers
  • LED fixture design and testing (three phases)

Spectrum/irradiance optimization and plant sensing

  • Define combinations of wavelengths for optimal crop growth
  • Determine narrow regions of the spectrum that contribute to nutrition in leafy greens
  • Automation of dimming in growth chamber studies
  • Automation of dimming in greenhouse studies

Energy efficacy and radiometry

  • Annual lamp test reports for commercial lamps designed for horticultural applications.
  • Measurement protocol for lamps designed for horticultural applications.
  • Report on the light distribution patterns observed in a tall plant canopy such as tomato and how the lighting system can be used most effectively to realize optimum plant response.
  • Report comparing energy and cost impacts of various lighting systems designed for horticultural applications.

Carbon dioxide enrichment studies

  • Equations modeling interactions for day light integral (DLI) and CO2concentration versus biomass for tomato and strawberry

Greenhouse experiments with energy-efficient lighting and control systems

  • Validation of CO2LASSI (light and shade system implementation) in research greenhouses for tomato and strawberry.
  • Validation of energy efficient LEDs with CO2LASSI in research greenhouses for lettuce, tomato and strawberry

Engineering and modeling

  • Integrated energy simulation engine
  • Improve energy simulation engine
  • Construct baseline energy models for pilot facilities
  • CO2LASSI improvements
  • Devise and simulate integrated control system for lights, shade, CO2, temperature, humidity


  • Pilot selection and baseline data collection
  • Basic LASSI pilot
  • CO2LASSI pilot
  • Real-time (10-minute interval) LASSI pilot