HI-LED consortium visited Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture

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HI-LED consortium visited Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture

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15 december 2014

Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture is one of the consortium members of the HI-LED project, an EU project with the aim to develop advanced LED modules to provide optimal lighting solutions for different applications. One of these applications is horticulture, where the use of assimilation lighting is essential for the year-round production of high quality products.

On 1 and 2 December 2014, the consortium meeting was held in at the site of Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk, The Netherlands. Staff members of the research organisations IREC (Catalonia Institute for Energy Research) and IRTA from Spain, Fraunhofer (Germany) and Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture, Universities of Newcastle (UK) and Pannonia (Hungary) and the companies Light Prescriptions Innovators Europe, Arch Technology and Hortilux Schr├ęder gathered to discuss the progress of the project, that started in December 2013.

On 2 December, a tour was organised to inform especially all the consortium members that do not have a link to the horticultural sector about various aspects of greenhouse lighting. The greenhouses of Ter Laak Orchids in Wateringen and Marjoland in Waddinxveen were visited. In Bleiswijk, the consortium members visited the HI-LED experiment. In this experiment, Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture investigates the effects of the light colours white, red, blue, amber, green and red+blue on growth, development and underlying plant processes of young tomato and pepper plants. Under a background of natural light, plants are grown under LEDs supplied by Hortilux, also member of the HI-LED consortium.

The consortium meeting showed again that gathering knowledge and experience can help in creating new lighting solutions. The excursions held at this meeting has given the partners a great view of the use of lighting in horticulture; its size, complexity and benefits.