UK tomatoes growing on Plessey’s Hyperion 1750 LEDs
Sterling Suffolk Limited is a new venture backed by an experienced management team, with Richard Lewis in charge of growing. The new greenhouse, to be completed by the end of 2018 near Ipswich in Suffolk, is the first phase of a construction plan to develop a tomato production facility of over 8 Ha, creating many new jobs in the area. Suncrop Produce Limited will be Sterling Suffolk’s main customer, with long-term contracts to supply tomatoes to major UK supermarkets already established.
The greenhouse will be a state-of-the-art, semi-closed design, built by leading Dutch firm Van der Hoeven. Initially, 25% of the greenhouse, 1.36 Ha, will be lit 100% with Hyperion 1750 LED top lights to provide over 200 micromole/s/m² of artificial light. Plessey will deliver a total lighting solution, including supply and installation of the Hyperion grow lights. Sterling Suffolk plans to extend the area lit with LEDs in subsequent years.
The new Hyperion 1750 is the latest LED grow light in the Hyperion product range and has a maximum light performance output of 1750 micromole/s, equivalent to a 1000 W SON-T. All Hyperion grow lights come in a range of standard and tailor-made spectrums, with a host of features and benefits designed to ensure a higher commercial return to growers. In 2017 Plessey introduced the Hyperion 1000 with a light output of 1000 micromole/s, equivalent to a 600 W SON-T.
To maximise production, quality and environmental efficiency, Sterling Suffolk will invest heavily in the semi-closed greenhouse design, CHP – an advanced growing system, and 100% LED lighting. The specific wavelengths of light available with Plessey’s Hyperion grow light are proven for high-yield, year-round tomato production.
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