Philips, CSU partner on horticultural LED lighting
The partnership will allow the two organizations to perform collaborative research and focused cultivation studies to validate and innovate around the application of advanced LED lighting for horticultural activity. The research is anticipated to optimize desired plant characteristics including the nutritional value of city farm produced foods, irrigation strategies, climate impact, soil conditions, thermal effects, year-round production, greenhouse food, hops, floriculture, and turf, while dramatically reducing the power consumption of the lighting component to indoor growth facilities.
"This is an opportunity for research collaboration between academia and a technology world leader in advanced LED products," said Ron DeKok, business development director of horticulture LED solutions for Philips North America in a statement. "The new CSU Horticulture Center will showcase new technology in LED lighting, not previously installed anywhere else in the world within the horticulture realm at a leading institution. This is the most advanced LED lighting technology in the world, and CSU will be one of the first institutions of this scale to have it."
"This partnership with Philips provides CSU with much-needed advanced tools to keep at the forefront of new technology development, innovation and practical, real-world education of our students," said Mark Wdowik, assistant vice president for research and industry partnerships at CSU.
The building will explore joint educational and training opportunities with CSU and CSU Extension, as well as other Philips partners and customers. The installation of the new Philips Horticulture LED Solutions lighting in the CSU Horticulture Center is expected to be completed in early 2016.
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