Development of lighting system optimized for photosynthetic plant and algae growth

The photosynthetic performance of certain desirable plants and algae depend strongly on the exact spectrum and light/dark cycle of their illumination. Several modern and emerging technologies have the energy efficiency, and the spectral and temporal characteristics to provide optimal lighting in an amenable form factor. This project aims to compare the costs and benefits of using lasers, quantum dots, LEDs, and other competitive technologies in indoor agriculture processes and developing an optimized lighting system for indoor agriculture. Myera Group will benefit from the resulting insight into how to optimize its operations and cut costs of production, specifically in regards to the lighting system deployed in the production chain and its related maintenance, support, and power consumption costs.

William Hildebrand
Faculty Supervisor: 
Qiang Zhang