Plessey, a leading developer of award-winning LED technologies and manufacturer of solid-state lighting products, announces that Desmet, a major Belgian lettuce-grower, will install Plessey’s new, high-power Hyperion LED top-light in 20,000 m² as part of a greenhouse extension project that will boost total cultivation area to 49,000 m².
Johan Desmet and Mirjan Vandoorne began their year-round hydroponic lettuce-growing business in Izegem, Belgium in 2004. In 2015, the couple installed 2,610 LED lights from another manufacturer in an area of 14,000 m², boosting light levels beyond what could be achieved with traditional high-pressure sodium (SON-T) lamps, thereby helping maximise crop production. This year, the additional 20,000 m² expansion of LED lighting will only require a total of 1,680 Plessey’s Hyperion grow lights to provide the same light level.
Desmet and Vandoorne’s aim is to get the largest yield and the highest-quality lettuces from every square metre of growing space. To do this, they have invested heavily in automated production, a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system and LED lighting. LEDs give off much less heat than SON-T lamps and are around 40% more energy efficient, allowing an increased light level of 80 micromoles per m² that results in a denser, more compact crop, with better colouration.
On his selection of Plessey’s new Hyperion LED grow light, Desmet commented:
“I wanted to be able to install fewer fixtures to minimise the amount of shading and get the greatest commercial return on my investment.”
Jonathan Barton, Director of Grow Lighting at Plessey, explained:
“With an output of 1000 micromoles, the Hyperion only needs to be installed on the trellis to provide good uniformity, just like SON-T. Moreover, it is a very simple, durable and cost effective design with a long guarantee, making it ideal for Desmet’s requirements.”
Plessey has recently announced its high-power Hyperion 1000 and Hyperion 1600 LED units, developed specially to deliver greater returns for commercial growers through increased productivity, while achieving a 40% energy saving compared to equivalent 600W and 1000W sodium grow lights.
For a given installation, Hyperion units can be used to directly replace 600W and 1000W traditional grow lights delivering photon fluxes of 1000 μmol/s and 1600 μmol/s respectively. The Hyperion units can be installed on the existing greenhouse trellis. Plessey’s Hyperion grow lights provide the best light distribution with the lowest level of shading when compared to all other LED grow light solutions.
Plessey is a leading expert in the manufacture of semiconductor products used in sensing, measurement and controls applications, and is now at the forefront of the solid state lighting revolution. Its MaGIC™ (Manufactured on GaN-on-Si I/C) LED technology has won numerous awards for its innovation and ability to cut the cost of LED lighting by using standard silicon manufacturing techniques. By using its understanding of electronics and expertise in micro-electronic product design and manufacture, Plessey is radically enhancing the human experience with micro-electronics solutions such that people achieve more than they thought possible.
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