CEA Database and Benchmark Tool

Kyle Clark, Vice President, Business Development first came to EnSave in 2007 before going on to earn a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Sweden’s Lund University. After rejoining in 2013, Kyle has concentrated on business development and relationship building with EnSave’s industry partners, including several leading milk cooperatives.

Erico Mattos, Executive Director of GLASE, received his degree in agronomic engineering from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) in 2009 and joined the University of Georgia’s Ph.D. program in crops and soils sciences, where he co-authored two technology patents on the biological feedback control of LED lights. In 2012, Erico completed Singularity University’s graduate studies program. The following year, Erico co-founded a horticultural lighting company to develop high performance LED illumination systems for photosynthetic applications. He is a 2013 recipient of the Gifted Citizen Award (Mexico), the 2014 Emerging Leader of the Year Award by the Georgia Bio association, two times TEDx speaker, and most recently was selected as one of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit delegates. In 2015 and 2017 Erico co-authored two technology patents on the Phase Synchronizing Pulse Amplitude Modulation Fluorometer.

Technologies used in CEA facilities have been rapidly evolving, providing growers with energy efficient solutions to reduce energy consumption and maximize production profitability. However, the lack of public information and industry benchmarks represents a challenge to identify and implement new energy efficient technologies. A controlled environment agriculture (CEA) database and benchmark tool would allow growers to identify energy efficiency opportunities, prioritize investments, and make comparisons with other facilities. Utility companies will benefit from the aggregated data to identify industry standard practices and trends, market projections, and energy load and demand planning. Government agencies will be able to gain industry insights to foster the adoption of energy efficient technologies aimed at strengthening the CEA agriculture sector through improved economic, environmental, and social outcomes.

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