Budding New Business for LEDs

Budding New Business for LEDs

June 4, 2018

Philips LED bulbs with specially tailored light recipes are helping Dutch growers produce roses with longer, heavier stems and bigger buds.

These features command higher prices, so the new roses hold real promise for the indoor horticulture industry.  Philips’ new toplights which are being used to power the growth of the supersized flowers are very energy efficient, and the company guarantees they will last 35,000 hours.

Tunable LED lighting is increasingly being used to improve the appearance, potency, smell, and taste of plants, including fruits and vegetables.  According to a recent market research forecast from Technavio, the global indoor farming market will grow nearly 20 percent over the next four years.

This post is based on the LEDs Magazine article, Philips Says LEDs Make a Rosier Rose, by Mark Halper, April 17, 2018; and the Monitor Daily article, Global Indoor Farming Technologies Market to Grow 20% by 2022 (no author cited), April 30, 2018. Image sources: © 68/Ocean/Corbis; choness/Getty Images.

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1. How do advances in LED lighting technology stand to impact global food availability, sustainability, productivity, and quality?

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Zipline Drones to the Rescue

Zipline Drones to the Rescue

April 15, 2018

Zipline, which launched its drone delivery service for life-saving blood supplies in Rwanda in October 2016, now reveals the next generation of autonomous drones, the fastest commercial drones on earth.

With about a 30 minute delivery time, blood can now quickly reach a population of 10 million people who utilize hospitals and clinics across the rugged and mountainous country.  Drones are launched from a distribution center, and the fixed-wing planes cruise at speeds of about 101 km/h to their destinations where the boxed blood is then parachuted to the ground.

With a top speed of 128 km/h, they are four times faster than traditional quadcopters, and their range is much greater.  The new drone will make it possible to launch a fulfillment order within one minute of its receipt, as compared to the previous ten minutes, and the number of daily delivery flights will increase from 50 to 500.

Zipline, whose logistics were mapped with help from UPS, has saved many lives since its inception by delivering critical blood in a timely way.

This post is based on two articles: DroneLife.com’s 1 Minute Fulfillment. 101 KPH Delivery. Zipline Announces New Drones, by Miriam McNabbon, April 4, 2018, Continue reading

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