Learn from RII’s expert Faculty members at this Efficient Yields workshop focused on lighting for operations growing food and floriculture crops. The US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service funded Resource Innovation Institute (RII) and the American Council Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) via a Conservation Innovation Grant for the project entitled Data-Driven Market Transformation for Efficient, Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). This workshop is the launch event for the CEA Lighting Best Practices Guide. Cultivation facilities require powerful lighting systems to supplement or replace sunlight. Understand the ways CEA crops use light, the horticultural lighting systems appropriate for indoor farms and greenhouses, and the opportunities for energy efficiency and lower energy bills from LED lighting.
Panelists will discuss:
Benefits of Using LED Lighting in CEA Facilities
How CEA Facilities Use Light
How CEA Crops Use Light
CEA Lighting Equipment
Optimizing Lighting Designs for CEA Facilities
Purchasing Certified Horticultural Lighting Products
Accessing Incentives for Efficient Lighting Equipment
Measuring Lighting System Performance
Maximizing Yields and Efficiency with Horticultural Lighting
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Dr. Lefsrud, an Associate Professor at McGill University leads the Biomass Production Laboratory. His upbringing on a farm and work in the oil fields of Alberta, Canada combined with his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology gives him a very strong background in the fields of agriculture, biology, and engineering. His research program focuses on the plant growth environment and how to improve plant and microbial yield. The Biomass Production Laboratory focus is developing methods and technologies to improve environmental control, energy efficiency, harvesting and post harvest handling and bioprocesses of living organisms. This laboratory’s primary goal is the improvement of plants for human consumption (food security), human health (medical cannabis), environmental protection (green building materials) and energy (biofuels).
Leora Radetsky is a Senior Lighting Scientist at the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) where she focuses on developing lighting solutions that promote energy optimization, quality, human factors, and
performance in the areas of horticultural and architectural lighting. She has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry as a research scientist with the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Director of Customer Education at Lighting Analysts, Inc. She has extensive
research and engineering experience in horticultural lighting, lighting software, product testing, lighting controls, photometry, daylighting, outdoor lighting and circadian rhythms. In 2014, she was awarded an
IES Regional Technical Award from the Northeast region for her significant scientific contributions to the field of illumination. Leora has a B.S. in Architectural Engineering with an Emphasis in Illumination from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.S. in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP.
Mike grew up in the agricultural community of the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. There he developed a deep respect for both conventional and small scale organic production methods. He attended Northeastern University earning a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and spent the first part of his career designing speaker systems and audio electronics for performing musicians. The switch to precision agriculture came naturally, and he has worked on a wide variety of projects in both cannabis and vegetable production, focusing on LED systems, sensors, power systems and facility design. Mike is the principal of Zartarian Engineering in Boston, MA.
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