GLASE seeks industry involvement in research of controlled environment agriculture

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) and the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer, GLASE unites world-class engineers and horticultural researchers with private and public stakeholders to transform the way greenhouses operate, dramatically reducing their energy use while increasing yields and crop quality through greenhouse lighting and energy management systems that are integrated with carbon dioxide supplementation, ventilation, and humidity control.

GLASE has secured $5 million for research for the next seven years and is now inviting industry members to join the consortium and step into the future of controlled environment agriculture today.

Benefits of joining GLASE

GLASE is a unique technology and information hub where members receive exclusive and early access to:

  • Invention disclosures and preferential licensing rights to GLASE-conceived and developed intellectual property.
  • Technical reports, presentations, data and information on new and emerging engineering and crop research.
  • Training opportunities and educational programs including webinars, short courses and research symposia at reduced registration rates.
  • Grant opportunities, investment opportunities and energy audit programs.
  • Professional networking opportunities among thought leaders and researchers.

Members sit on GLASE’s Industry Advisory Board, which meets quarterly and provides input on research directions based on members’ priorities.

 

Areas of research

Applied Engineering: LED fixture design, thermal management, driver design, high refractive index LED encapsulants.

Photobiology: Crop-specific spectrum testing, biochemical analyses, maximizing the potential of light-driven plant growth and development and improved nutritional content in crops.

Energy modeling: Greenhouse energy profiling, standardize protocols for testing light fixtures.

Integrated controls: Growth chambers and greenhouses, light-shade-CO2 controls.

 


For more: Erico Mattos, executive director, Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering Consortium, (302) 290-1560; em796@cornell.edu; www.glase.org.

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