I always enjoy innovations such as this and thought this would be good to share in the spirit of hope regarding food issues and potential shortages.
The Dutch have developed a program that is super efficient and maximizes every single aspect of a plant and it's characteristics to provide a perfect
plant, with optimum results. The yield is up to 3 times that of normal growing methods and uses only about 10% of the water by comparison, which is
recycled as well.
You’ve heard of paint by numbers? Get ready for feed-the-world by numbers. Dutch agricultural company PlantLab wants to change almost everything
you know about growing plants. Instead of outdoors, they want farms to be in skyscrapers, warehouses, or underground using hydroponics or other forms
of controlled environments. Instead of sunlight they use red and blue LEDs. Water? They need just 10% of the traditional requirements. At every stage
of their high tech process, PlantLab monitors thousands of details (163,830 reports per second!) with advanced sensors to create the perfect
environment for each individual type of crop. In short, they create a high tech ‘plant paradise’.
Man these LED's are increasing in their uses in todays world, and I would not have thought that they could serve so effectively in plant growth. This
technology makes sense, in that every aspect involved with a plant's growth is monitored and adjusted. The use of multi floored buildings adds to the
practicality and efficiency of production output and availability.
Why use white light? Plants don’t want the green spectrum, and many of the wavelengths just heat the leaves and evaporate water. Instead
PlantLab gives their plants light from red and blue LEDs, changing the spectrum for each different plant!
I would not have guessed that at all, however red and blue are the primaries with the most oscillation properties when combined, creating an energetic
spectrum. I guess lumens are not so important in producing good plants, because the output on these would seem small. Of course hundreds combined
makes a difference, but I still wonder the wattage and lumen count.
When grown outdoors plant photosynthesis is only about 9% efficient. With the correct balance of colored LED light, PlantLab has increased that
efficiency to 12 or 15%, aiming for 18%. Double the efficiency means increased yield (or more likely equal yield with less energy). By keeping the
plants in a contained system, PlantLab can also recycle evaporated water, which helps them grow crops using just one tenth the water as with
Yea, but how do they taste? I reckon even if there is a distinct difference to the palette, the benefits will still be appreciated and needed.
Triple the production of traditional plants on just 10% of the water is amazing. Customized environments to maximize (or tailor) yield controlled
by complex operating software? Also amazing. The reduction (or absence) of pesticides and the ability to place these agricultural facilities almost
anywhere is amazing.
No pesticides? A great leap forward in terms of farming eh?
edit on 14-8-2011 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)