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Current LED Lamp helps build Urban Vertical Farm in the UK Agricultural Technology Centre

Oct 23, 2018

The new vertical farm R & D plant, located at the Stockbridge Technology Centre, is backed by the UK's Technical Strategy Council (Innovate UK). Farm adoption of Current's Arize Agricultural Lighting solution will help businesses, growers and investors better understand the technical and environmental parameters needed to optimize crop yields before their own vertical farms begin construction.

To promote commercial urban farms in the UK, the Vertical Farm Center provides a platform through which potential investors and vertical farm growers can communicate and explore with vertical farm experts. In addition, with Current's LED lighting solution, they can identify and test vertical farm settings to maximize planned harvest size, nutritional value, and visual attractiveness.

In addition, the vertical farm consists of two identical planting rooms with a total planting area of 228 square meters and a comprehensive climate control and circulating water cultivation system. There are four layers of crop shelves, all of which use Arize LED lights, and their red and blue wavelength balance spectra help to promote the development of more crops.

Malcolm Yare, development manager at GE's Current Agricultural Division, said that lighting was a key factor in the successful growth of any crop and that we would create more arable space in industrial and urban areas by combining the most efficient wavelengths and optimal environmental conditions. Increase global crop production in a commercially and environmentally sustainable way, catching up with traditional planting methods.

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