Philips partnership deal spotlights horticultural LED lighting research
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. 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,” said Ron DeKok, business development director of horticulture LED solutions for Philips North America.
“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,” explained Wdowik.
The building will explore joint educational and training opportunities with CSU and CSU Extension, as well as other Philips partners and customers.
“Partnerships between CSU and the business community help enhance the quality of the educational experience for our students,” said Ajay Menon, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. “The state-of-the-art installation of LED lighting in the new Horticulture Center will advance the quality and impact of the teaching, research, and engagement that our Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture program has maintained for decades.”
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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