Membership

The GLASE consortium is happy to offer a limited number of Industry Membership opportunities. Any business or organization related to the greenhouse industry is eligible. Do you manufacture lights or parts for control systems? Build lighting systems for greenhouses? Run a greenhouse? Buy produce from a local greenhouse?

GLASE Industry Membership has something for you. As an Industry Member, you’ll help steer our research and get early access to GLASE-developed technology.

Read on to learn more about how GLASE can help you.

Manufacturing

Want to expand your customer base?

GLASE membership can help you tap into the $14 billion per year Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry. New LED lighting and control technologies can reduce CEA operational costs and increase profit margins. But high installation costs makes it a tough sell.

Membership Benefits

A GLASE membership helps you:

  • Optimize products for the greenhouse and indoor production industries thanks to direct access to researchers specializing in photobiology, CEA lighting and plant physiology.
  • Get a leg up on the competition from your seat on the GLASE Industrial Advisory Board, where you’ll be the first to have access to GLASE-developed IPs and technologies.
  • Gain access to CEA producers through trade shows and the GLASE newsletter.
  • Validate the effectiveness of your products by vetting them with our trusted research team.

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Research

Conducting baseline data collection

We’re not just building the models for determining baseline energy consumption—we’re also collecting that baseline data. Our team pinpoints pilot projects and runs studies to validate our models under real-world conditions.

Developing green LED technology

Deep green LED lights—which are essential for good color mixing—continue to lag behind other colors in energy efficiency. Our team has doubled the green light output for a given power input, with more improvements still to come.

Developing high-efficiency LED drivers

As LEDs heat up, they consume more energy. If left unchecked, this process results in thermal runaway, burning out LEDs prematurely. We’re developing new drivers that regulate temperature and energy consumption, saving you money and increasing the life of your investment.

Developing measurement protocols

Comparison shopping for lighting systems is complicated by the lack of standardized tests for horticultural lighting. We’re developing standard measurement protocols that will help simplify decision-making.

Improving high refractive index (RI) encapsulants

Much of the light emitted from LEDs ends up reflecting back inside the light itself, increasing heat and reducing efficiency. We’re working on coatings that help extract more light from each LED fixture.

Improving thermal management

High-energy LEDs (like those used in greenhouses) typically convert 70% of the electricity they use into heat. We’re working on new ways to remove that heat to increase the efficiency and lifespan of your lights.

Lighting, Sensing, and Controls

How Do You Sell a Long-Term Investment?

GLASE researchers validate cost effectiveness under real-world conditions.

Show the Value of Your Systems

Your systems and controls can save greenhouse growers money. But it’s a big ask. Upfront costs are high. Customer needs are highly variable. And customer returns take a long time. Sponsored research can help overcome grower skepticism, but it’s expensive and time consuming.

Membership Benefits

With a GLASE membership you will:

  • Get preferential licensing terms on GLASE-developed technology.
  • Benefit from a $5 million program designed to improve your horticultural lighting and controls systems developed by Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rutgers University.
  • Use your seat on the GLASE Industrial Advisory Board to guide GLASE’s research agenda.
  • Access new energy modeling and lighting performance software tailored to the CEA industry.
  • Support a consortium designed to accelerate lighting and controls technology adoption, expanding your market opportunities.

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Research

Automating dimming

LED lighting is capable of fine-grained dimming, allowing growers to take advantage of ample ambient light and lower energy consumption. GLASE’s growth chamber and greenhouse studies pinpoint optimal strategies for automating dimming control systems.

Conducting baseline data collection

We’re not just building the models for determining baseline energy consumption—we’re also collecting that baseline data. Our team pinpoints pilot projects and runs studies to validate our models under real-world conditions.

Constructing baseline energy models

Energy baselines serve as reference tools, showing how much energy a facility is currently using. Establishing baseline models allows the GLASE team to accurately calculate energy efficiency improvements.

Defining optimal wavelengths

We’re pinpointing the precise combinations of light wavelengths that maximize yields for crops like tomatoes, strawberries, and leafy greens.

Designing and testing LED fixtures

You need LEDs that provide the spectrum and intensity of natural light without adding heat. GLASE-designed fixtures optimize the light patterns that improve your yields and lower your energy costs.

Determining ideal CO2 concentrations

Crop yield is determined by complex interactions between the amount of CO2 a plant absorbs and the daily light integral (the intensity of light and its duration on a given area of the plant). Our team is developing equations that model these interactions, allowing us to pinpoint optimal growing conditions.

Developing green LED technology

Deep green LED lights—which are essential for good color mixing—continue to lag behind other colors in energy efficiency. Our team has doubled the green light output for a given power input, with more improvements still to come.

Developing high-efficiency LED drivers

As LEDs heat up, they consume more energy. If left unchecked, this process results in thermal runaway, burning out LEDs prematurely. We’re developing new drivers that regulate temperature and energy consumption, saving you money and increasing the life of your investment.

Developing integrated control systems

Commercial buildings have long used room control sensors to adjust balances between lights, shade, CO2, temperature, and humidity. We’re adapting and optimizing those controls for greenhouse environments to enable better yields at lower energy costs.

Developing lamp test reports

Our team is developing industry-specific annual reports for commercial horticultural lamps—reports that will help you choose the best available products for your greenhouse.

Developing measurement protocols

Comparison shopping for lighting systems is complicated by the lack of standardized tests for horticultural lighting. We’re developing standard measurement protocols that will help simplify decision-making.

Improving high refractive index (RI) encapsulants

Much of the light emitted from LEDs ends up reflecting back inside the light itself, increasing heat and reducing efficiency. We’re working on coatings that help extract more light from each LED fixture.

Improving thermal management

High-energy LEDs (like those used in greenhouses) typically convert 70% of the electricity they use into heat. We’re working on new ways to remove that heat to increase the efficiency and lifespan of your lights.

Optimizing for leafy greens

Different parts of the light spectrum have different effects on plant growth. At GLASE, we’re learning which narrow regions of the spectrum contribute most to nutrition in leafy greens, allowing us to fine-tune lighting systems.

Studying tall plant canopies

We’re investigating how light is distributed in tall plant canopies such as tomato plants to help you determine the most efficient lighting pattern for optimizing plant response and crop yield.

​CEA Producers

Is Your Greenhouse Lighting System Living up to its Potential?

GLASE helps you improve yields and increase profit margins.

GLASE Helps You Turn Theory into Practice

New greenhouse lighting systems consume less energy than traditional technologies and o er an attractive long-term return on investment. But when it’s hard to comparison shop, a headache to mix and match lights and control systems, and expensive to upgrade, how do you find something that works?

Membership Benefits

A GLASE membership lets you:

  • Talk directly to GLASE’s world-class team of horticultural researchers.
  • Review our unbiased case studies, technical reports, and proof-of-concept trials before you decide on upgrades.
  • Use your seat on the GLASE Industrial Advisory Board to guide GLASE’s research agenda.
  • Leverage our leading-edge innovations in integrated CO2, lighting, and shade control systems to save operational costs.

Plus, as a CEA producer, you’ll get a 10% rebate of your membership fee should you choose to work with other GLASE members.

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Research

Automating dimming

LED lighting is capable of fine-grained dimming, allowing growers to take advantage of ample ambient light and lower energy consumption. GLASE’s growth chamber and greenhouse studies pinpoint optimal strategies for automating dimming control systems.

Conducting baseline data collection

We’re not just building the models for determining baseline energy consumption—we’re also collecting that baseline data. Our team pinpoints pilot projects and runs studies to validate our models under real-world conditions.

Constructing baseline energy models

Energy baselines serve as reference tools, showing how much energy a facility is currently using. Establishing baseline models allows the GLASE team to accurately calculate energy efficiency improvements.

Defining optimal wavelengths

We’re pinpointing the precise combinations of light wavelengths that maximize yields for crops like tomatoes, strawberries, and leafy greens.

Designing and testing LED fixtures

You need LEDs that provide the spectrum and intensity of natural light without adding heat. GLASE-designed fixtures optimize the light patterns that improve your yields and lower your energy costs.

Determining ideal CO2 concentrations

Crop yield is determined by complex interactions between the amount of CO2 a plant absorbs and the daily light integral (the intensity of light and its duration on a given area of the plant). Our team is developing equations that model these interactions, allowing us to pinpoint optimal growing conditions.

Developing energy simulation engine

Traditional energy simulation engines model energy consumption for HVAC, lighting, and water systems for buildings. GLASE researchers are adapting energy simulation engines for greenhouse agriculture, allowing us to better predict greenhouse energy consumption under a variety of conditions.

Developing green LED technology

Deep green LED lights—which are essential for good color mixing—continue to lag behind other colors in energy efficiency. Our team has doubled the green light output for a given power input, with more improvements still to come.

Developing high-efficiency LED drivers

As LEDs heat up, they consume more energy. If left unchecked, this process results in thermal runaway, burning out LEDs prematurely. We’re developing new drivers that regulate temperature and energy consumption, saving you money and increasing the life of your investment.

Developing integrated control systems

Commercial buildings have long used room control sensors to adjust balances between lights, shade, CO2, temperature, and humidity. We’re adapting and optimizing those controls for greenhouse environments to enable better yields at lower energy costs.

Developing lamp test reports

Our team is developing industry-specific annual reports for commercial horticultural lamps—reports that will help you choose the best available products for your greenhouse.

Developing measurement protocols

Comparison shopping for lighting systems is complicated by the lack of standardized tests for horticultural lighting. We’re developing standard measurement protocols that will help simplify decision-making.

Improving high refractive index (RI) encapsulants

Much of the light emitted from LEDs ends up reflecting back inside the light itself, increasing heat and reducing efficiency. We’re working on coatings that help extract more light from each LED fixture.

Improving thermal management

High-energy LEDs (like those used in greenhouses) typically convert 70% of the electricity they use into heat. We’re working on new ways to remove that heat to increase the efficiency and lifespan of your lights.

Optimizing for leafy greens

Different parts of the light spectrum have different effects on plant growth. At GLASE, we’re learning which narrow regions of the spectrum contribute most to nutrition in leafy greens, allowing us to fine-tune lighting systems.

Reducing energy costs

We’re examining the energy use and costs of various greenhouse lighting systems to help you make informed choices that can save you money.

Studying tall plant canopies

We’re investigating how light is distributed in tall plant canopies such as tomato plants to help you determine the most efficient lighting pattern for optimizing plant response and crop yield.

Integrating CO2 and daily light integral (DLI)

We conduct leading edge greenhouse studies and pilot demonstrations of combined light and shade system implementation (LASSI), CO2 enrichment, and energy-efficient LEDs to find combinations that maximize yields and minimize costs.

Retailers

You’re committed to providing the freshest produce from local farms. But how can you possibly compete with the big chains shipping food from who knows where? One possibility: help your local growers get more efficient.

As a GLASE member, you’ll be helping growers cut their energy costs while increasing their yields. That translates to lower prices for you.

Membership Benefits

As a GLASE member, you will get:

  • Lower produce prices, as growers leverage better technology to improve efficiency.
  • Direct access to local growers.
  • Consistently fresh produce year-round.
  • Competitive advantage of knowing tomorrow’s most efficient growers today.

Join Today

Research

Conducting baseline data collection

We’re not just building the models for determining baseline energy consumption—we’re also collecting that baseline data. Our team pinpoints pilot projects and runs studies to validate our models under real-world conditions.

Developing green LED technology

Deep green LED lights—which are essential for good color mixing—continue to lag behind other colors in energy efficiency. Our team has doubled the green light output for a given power input, with more improvements still to come.

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