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Optimising the energy and lighting spectra for sustainable systems – towards the next generation of vertical farms


   Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

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About the Project

This 12 month Master's by Research project in collaboration with iGrowing Ltd aims to reduce energy consumption of vertical farms whilst delivering optimal light environment for plant growth #plantscience #biology #ecology

To achieve its full potential as a sustainable, energy-saving farming system, vertical hydroponic systems have to implement further energy savings based on temperature control. This research will contrast current horticultural LEDs with a new energy saving technology. This technology is based on DC-driven LED systems with spectral control, to reduce the energy consumption while delivering optimal light environments for plant growth.

By reducing heat emission, the technology can minimize the energy costs and CO2 emissions. At the same time, through creating optimal light environments it aims to deliver high quality, and nutritious products.

This project should interest a biology or ecology graduate with an interest in plant science who is looking to develop new systems to grow nutritious food sustainably. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the frontline of vertical farming innovation, benefiting from expertise at iGrowing Ltd and Lancaster University.

Deadline for applications: Midnight Monday 13th June 2022

Start date: July 2022

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Eligibility

Before applying for this opportunity please download and read the Graduate Researcher Application Criteria

Non-UK/home candidates: For information on home/international fee eligibility please see the university fee status webpage. From 1st January 2021, EU students are required to have a visa to enter into the UK as well as other international categories. Please check these details to see if you would need to apply for a visa and indicate this on your criteria document.

Enterprise & academic partners

This project will be supervised by:

  • Dr Gabriela Toledo-Ortiz
  • Prof Ian Dodd
  • Prof Martin McAinsh

iGrowing Ltd is a leading supplier of indoor vertical farming systems for the UK, using ultra-low energy LED lighting solutions. Vertical hydroponic farming systems help to maximise space for better performance, reducing production costs and carbon emissions. It allows a variety of users to grow safe, healthy and nutritious plants and food indoors using vertical structures.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to funding confirmation.

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