Interviews

GLASE Uses Outreach Activities to Inform and Educate Growers, Manufacturers and Suppliers

The goal of the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium is to create a more sustainable and profitable greenhouse industry. The consortium is a partnership between Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Albany, N.Y. GLASE is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and [...]

How can controlled-environment growers improve energy efficiency and grow light optimization?

Are you using or thinking about using grow lights to produce your controlled environment crops? If so, would you be interested in how to reduce the amount of electricity needed to operate those lights? Researchers with the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., are studying the use of […]

Controlled-environment growers power their operations with cogeneration systems

The highest density of cogeneration systems in greenhouses is in the Netherlands. Cogeneration systems in Dutch greenhouses represent almost 25 percent of the electricity produced in the country. “Cogeneration is a technology that converts natural gas into useful energy for greenhouses, which includes inside power generation to heat the greenhouses and the production of supplemental […]

Can you use LEDs in all production phases of controlled environment agriculture?

Shenandoah Growers in Harrisonburg, Va., began operating in 1989 as a small company producing culinary herbs in greenhouses and outdoors in the field. In 2007 the company built its first state-of-the-art glass greenhouses to produce organic potted culinary herbs. Today Shenandoah Growers has about 6 acres of greenhouses and grow rooms at its Virginia headquarters. […]

Why does the horticulture industry need a lighting label?

The lighting facts label found on many residential and commercial lamp and bulb packages was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy. This label provides information on light output, efficiency and lamp life. It can also help consumers calculate the cost to operate a lamp depending on the price of electricity and the number of […]

Clearwater Organic Farms: Using technology to grow leaf greens responsibly 

When Peter Ciriello and three other partners started Clearwater Organic Farms in Rochester, N.Y., in 2016 they saw an opportunity to grow leafy greens in an environmentally- and socially-responsible way. “We saw a big opportunity to deliver fresh, local and organic vegetables year round using controlled environment agriculture (CEA),” Ciriello said. “The use of CEA […]