GE and Canadian Government Invest in New LED Lighting Technology to Support Greenhouse Production
LIGHTimes News Staff
February 24, 2011…GE reports that the government of Canada is investing $1.3 million, and GE is matching that investment to develop innovative LED lighting technology for commercial greenhouses The goal of the research project, which also enlists help from Les Serres St-Laurent (Savoura) and McGill University, is to improve growing efficiency while reducing business operational costs of commercial greenhouses.
GE expects the joint investment to develop technologies, which allow Canadian greenhouse growers to become more profitable and competitive globally. The anticipated benefits to Canadian greenhouse operators may include: reduced energy consumption, increased year-round production, lower operating cost and may stimulate new jobs in the Canadian greenhouse industry.
"Today's announcement exemplifies successful collaboration driving technology innovation. The application of GE's LED technology will significantly enhance commercial greenhouse operations, not just in Canada, but around the world," noted Elyse Allan, President & CEO, GE Canada. GE points out that operating costs will ultimately be less with LED lighting because it is more energy efficient than high intensity discharge light sources typically used today.
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