Leading LED light manufacturer Philips has partnered up with indoor farming company Green Sense Farms in an innovative project that could bring indoor farming to cities worldwide. Faced with the effects of climate change on global farming, Philips, along with other LED manufacturers, are looking to alternative ways to raise food close to where it is needed, cutting out the emissions caused by transporting food from farm to city. The duo has come up with a plan to replace greenhouse growing lights with LEDs, which not only last longer, but yield less water-evaporating heat.
As the world’s population booms and climate change becomes very real, sourcing food will become a major issue in the coming years. Agricultural centers will be pushed to their limits, so Philips and Green Sense Farms have begun a study to encourage an urban farm trend as a result.
Turning to LEDs instead of standard greenhouse growing lights has many benefits. LEDs last longer than regular bulbs, they require less electricity, and they emit less heat, which means not only is less water needed for plants, but plants can also be stacked closer together without the fear of getting burned.
Philips and Green Sense have already created a prototype farm just outside of Chicago, which consists of 1 million cubic feet of growing space that yields 4,000 cases of leafy green vegetables per week. The team plans to continue experimenting with different colors of LEDs to see which plants respond to the different colors better. The vertical farms could be a game changer for food production, enabling cities to sustainably and efficiently produce their own food in an urban landscape.