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LED lighting against food scarcity

LED lighting against food scarcity

The world's population is growing rapidly. So fast, in fact, that experts expect that by 2050 there will be no fewer than 9 billion people living on this planet. There are currently 6 billion of us, and 50% growth will create a food shortage in the long run.

Grow vegetables with LED

How is this possible?

The problem is simple, because there is not enough space in the form of agricultural land to meet the food needs. After all, with an increasing population, the amount of agricultural land will decrease. Most plant species need sunlight to grow and produce their fruits (vegetables/fruits). One is a limiting amount of surface area that we can fill on this earth. This area is not expected to be large enough to meet that food requirement.

The solution

The solution is simple but creates a number of problems. We will have to stack, in other words, we have to go up. We can do this through glass wall constructions, but the problem remains that sunlight cannot shine on the plants from above. Current light constructions in agriculture and horticulture do not work when we think in terms of height. You get, as it were, flats of crops. 1000 Watt and 2000 Watt high-pressure sodium and radium lamps are currently being used. The power consumption is so great that it is not possible to supply affordable products without the sun. Such high-pressure lamps can be replaced by LED lighting, which can save up to 75% in energy.
In this way it is possible to artificially imitate the desired season. This ensures that plants continue to grow regardless of the season.

Applicable everywhere

Good products are essential to make such projects possible. For example, LED luminaires must be able to withstand a high humidity level (IP65) and must contain the correct light spectrum. With the right light mix, geographical and climatic conditions no longer have to be a problem when growing flowers, plants, vegetables and fruit. Imagine that empty office buildings could soon be filled with edible crops, isn't it great?

How can we contribute to this?

We work together with several parties to come up with solutions that can answer such future questions. We are constantly developing to make our products of even higher quality. In this way we hope to contribute to a more future-proof world.


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