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Philips Lighting and Colorado State University to Build LED-Powered Horticulture Facility

Jan. 15, 2016
Colorado State University (CSU) and Philips Lighting have forged a long-term collaborative partnership to create a state-of-the-art LED-lighted education, research and training horticulture facility on the CSU campus.

Colorado State University (CSU) and Philips Lighting have forged a long-term collaborative partnership to create a state-of-the-art LED-lighted education, research and training horticulture facility on the CSU campus.

The partnership will allow the two entities to perform collaborative research and focused cultivation studies to validate and innovate around the application of advanced LED lighting for horticultural activity. This research is anticipated to optimize desired plant characteristics, including the nutritional value of city farm produced foods, irrigation strategies, climate impact, soil conditions, thermal effects, year-round production, greenhouse food, hops, floriculture and turf, while dramatically reducing the power consumption of the lighting component to indoor growth facilities.

“This is an opportunity for research collaboration between academia and a technology world leader in advanced LED products. The new CSU Horticulture Center will showcase new technology in LED lighting, not previously installed anywhere else in the world within the horticulture realm at a leading institution,” said Ron DeKok, business development director of horticulture LED solutions for Philips North America, in the CSU press release. ““This is the most advanced LED lighting technology in the world, and CSU will be one of the first institutions of this scale to have it.”

There’s may be a pretty big market for the system in Colorado. Marijuana farmers have reportedly driven up warehouse lease prices in the Denver metro as they expand their indoor plantations in the cannabis-friendly state. Details