Fluence Illuminates Wageningen University & Research’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge With VYPR Top Lights and Wireless Flex Dimming

Fluence Illuminates Wageningen University & Research’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge With VYPR Top Lights and Wireless Flex Dimming
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For the first time in the challenge’s history, Wageningen University & Research replaced all high-pressure sodium fixtures with a broad-spectrum, LED-only lighting system for its participants AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fluence, a leading global provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, announced its sponsorship of Wageningen University & Research’s (WUR) third Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge in the Netherlands. For the first time in the challenge’s history, WUR leveraged a broad-spectrum LED-only lighting system—specifically Fluence’s VYPR 3p solution—instead of high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures. WUR also implemented Fluence’s innovative lighting control solution, Wireless Flex Dimming, into the facility. Wageningen University & Research is dedicated to researching the future of agriculture by exploring autonomous greenhouse technology, climate control, crop modeling, advanced sensors, data intelligence, computer vision and robotics. Beginning in June 2021, WUR organized its third Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge to task different international teams with sustainably growing vegetables in a fully automated greenhouse environment. “We expect that food production in greenhouse horticulture can be further improved by adding more artificial intelligence to the agricultural industry,” said Silke Hemming, who leads the scientific research team for greenhouse technology at WUR, in a statement. “We make connections with international partners through this unique challenge, so that we can take major steps.” One of the challenges growers face when transitioning from HPS to LED luminaires is that a typical HPS system is limited in its dimming capabilities, unlike LED technology. By leveraging state-of-the-art, qualified Bluetooth mesh technology enabled by Technology Partner SILVAIR, Fluence’s Wireless Flex Dimming solution allows growers to have precise control of dim light levels. By connecting the VYPR top light fixtures to the climate computer through Wireless Flex Dimming, the participants were empowered to implement advanced lighting control strategies that maximized plant growth and quality. “In any greenhouse or controlled environment,…

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