Solid State Light Chip
Renergy’s invested interest in artificial lighting technology is aimed at creating a more successful growing climate. Solid state lighting is the future of efficient, sustainable lighting solutions. The photos below represent the next stage in the (r)evolution of lighting technology. Light-Chips are not like bulbs or LED’s, they are a printed circuit boards with light emitting pixels; and the benefits make it a superior product.
The benefits of Renergy’s Light-Chip are numerous. The Light-Chip boasts an average rated life span of 80,000 hours. It creates 100-110 lumens per watt; or 50-1500 micromoles for photosynthesis; and lamp lumen depreciation value of .96. For those in the agriculture industry, the Light-Chip can be customized to meet spectrum specific criteria needed for maximum photosynthesis (ideally 660nm and 440nm, 4-1 ratio). The operating temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit, significantly lower than traditional HID and LED equivalencies; and is warm to the touch allowing plants within inches for maximum micromoles and without the chance of burning. With these benefits, commercial growers and indoor gardening enthusiasts alike can start to address issues in creating a successful growing climate (energy consumption, heating / cooling, maximum photosynthesis).
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These photos show our prototype ETFE pillows. The pneumatic ETFE pillow will be used to encapsulate our BioDomes, adding a number of beneficial characteristics. ETFE, compared to greenhouse glass, is 1% of the weight, transmits more light, and costs 24%-75% less to install. Other characteristics include being able to bear 400 times its own weight, 50-year life span, self-cleaning, and recyclable (http://bit.ly/v96qQ8).
The following architectual drawings provide various perspectives of the first ETFE Biodome, which is to be called the MicroDome. It is intended to be sold to small and aspiring commercial growers. Its key benefit is to provide a climate-controlled environment which enables stable year-round crop production through the use of pneumatic ETFE pillows. Its small carbon footprint, when combined with the Vertical Growing Cabinet, will provide a cost-effective growing solution.
This page will be updated to show development of the prototype of the Vertical Growing Cabinet. The Cabinet is considered a manufacturing prototype because it uses plastic parts made from temporary molds. The purpose is to identify design improvements before investing in the plastic injection molds required for commercialization.
Check out Renergy Foods Canada’s construction picture-profile. Below is a reverse-chronological order of the building a BioDome, located in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Enjoy!