Good lighting practices for an aperitif event CEA

LED magazine often shares resources and information from media partners, research organizations and other brands in our Endeavor Business Media family. This context is important because the connection between this blog and a November 2022 conference might not be immediately obvious to all readers.

A non-profit resource and advocacy organization, Resource Innovation Institute is the organizer of our former horticultural lighting event, now reorganized as the Resilient Harvests Conference. The company provides resources for professionals involved in developing controlled environments for agriculture, whether indoor farms or greenhouses.

“RII is a virtual organization spread across the country, but based primarily in Portland, Oregon,” Executive Director Derek Smith explained during a recent web call with our teams. RII’s initial competency was in the cannabis business. Now, this education, market research, and professional development resource has allowed RII to expand its services, staff, and information platform to address CEA outside of cannabis operations. For example, the company recently hired Rob Eddy, a former director of plant growth facilities at Purdue University and a Dow horticulturist, to serve as RII’s technical director, bolstering the organization’s skills in plant growth. engineering and management of cultivation facilities.

In addition to company personnel, RII relies on significant external support. “Our advisory board [members] represent utilities, regional and municipal authorities, policy makers, HVAC suppliers, lighting suppliers, program managers, architects and engineers,” said Smith. This diversity of perspectives and practical experience enables RII to take a multidisciplinary approach to its CEA guidance and best practice development.

Earlier this year, the company released “Best Practices Guide—Lighting for Controlled Environment Agricultural Operations,” authored by Gretchen Schimelpfenig, PE. A LEED-certified design consultant and former RII technical director, Schimelpfenig specializes in energy efficiency, CEA building engineering, operating systems integration and commissioning, and project management. The guide defines common CEA terms; explains the fundamentals of the impact of light on plants; discusses energy use, general regulatory guidelines, incentive programs, and facility cost management; and outlines key performance indicators, or KPIs, for optimizing cultivation under LED lighting.

“[CEA] is yet another brand new way to grow crops. You can’t just throw technology at a problem; you really need best practices for implementation and training etc. said Smith, explaining the drivers of the company’s approach to CEA tools and conference planning.

Smith observed that the lighting guide targets a practical application angle behind the upcoming Resilient Harvests conference program. Each session is designed to address three critical areas of education for CAOT professionals and those shaping its market expansion – policies, programs, and practices. Conference attendees will hear this resonate throughout the event, with information sharing sessions on professional development (training/certification opportunities), formulating policies that promote CEA opportunities, strategic methods of energy management such as on-site energy demand and generation, and more.

Download the best practices guide for free on the Resource Innovation Institute website, and register for the Resilient Harvests conference.

We’ll be looking at the program in more depth in the coming weeks online as well as in the October issue of LED magazine.

>> Bookmark Resilient Harvests Conference for updates

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Funding for “Best Practices Guide – Lighting for Controlled Environment Farming Operations” was provided by USDA NCRS in support of the Conservation Innovation Grant, Data-Driven Market Transformation for Efficient, Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture project.

CARRIE MEADOWS is editor-in-chief of LEDs Magazine, with 20 years of B2B publishing experience in technology markets including semiconductor technology manufacturing, fiber optic communications, machine vision, lasers and photonics, as well as than LEDs and lighting.


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