Fluence Bioengineering, Inc. of Austin, Texas launched three new horticulture lighting solutions that the company engineered for the largest vertical farms. The vertical farm lighting solutions come with sleek form-factor. According to Fluence the new RAZR series of grow lights offer broad-spectrum, optimized light intensity, and boast very high energy efficiency.
The company designed the Fluence RAZR Series for a wide range of vertical farming applications including full-cycle cultivation of leafy greens and microgreens and young plant propagation of vegetable, ornamental, and cannabis crops.
“The new Fluence RAZR solutions are purpose-built to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with vertical farming,” said Randy Johnson, co-Founder and CTO at Fluence Bioengineering. “Every design consideration that went into the new RAZR Series, from the thin form-factor to modular daisy-chain configuration, is predicated on increasing our vertical farming customers’ outputs while reducing their inputs.”
Dense Vertical Farming
The RAZR Series features a unique 1.5-inch thin form-factor, and allows a mounting height as near as five inches from the plant canopy. These two design features can help optimize space utilization in verticle farming operations.
According to Fluence, the RAZR Series delivers uniform photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) that can help maximize space-use efficiency and yield per square foot.
The company says that the system can quickly and easily be deployed and vertical farming operations can stack the grow lights vertically in carts and shelving, or daisy-chain them horizontally. Up to 10 of the modules can connect to one power source with daisy-chaining.
The company says that the RAZR4 Array is ideal for full-cycle leafy green, strawberry, basil, and culinary herb growth as well as early-stage vegetative growth for vegetables and ornamentals.
The lights can also be used for cannabis cultivation. The deliver an average PPFD of up to 375 µmol/m2/s over a 2-foot by 4-foot canopy with a 5-inch mounting height above the plant canopy. The RAZR4 Array comes with five lighting modules and covers up to 40 square-feet of the canopy.
The RAZR3 Array model is also ideal for full-cycle leafy green and microgreen production, in addition to propagation of vegetable, ornamental and cannabis crops. It offers an average PPFD up to 260 µmol/m2/s over a 2-foot by 4-foot area with an 8-inch mounting height above the canopy. The RAZR3 Array comes with seven lighting modules and covers up to 56 square-feet of canopy space.
The company created the RAZR2 Array for tissue culture, seedlings, and cutting/cloning propagation as well as starter pots and ornamental plugs. With a 12-inch mounting height above canopy, the RAZR2 Array provides an average PPFD up to 160 µmol/m2/s over a 2-foot by 4-foot area. The RAZR2 Array includes 10 grow light modules, and covers 80 square-feet of canopy space.
Fluence designs and builds each system in Austin, Texas USA, using anodized, extruded aluminum alloy chassis and an integrated passive heatsink for natural convective thermal management. The systems are ETL wet location rated to withstand the harshest of growing environments.
The new RAZR Series is available now. Visit http://fluence.science/razr to learn more
By deploying RAZR3, Edenworks reduces land use by 70% in their dense vertical farm in downtown Brooklyn, New York.
Proven Results in Vertical Farms
A Brooklyn-based aquaponics vertical farm, Edenworks has already deployed the latest Fluence RAZR3 System for leafy green and microgreen production. To learn more, visit http://fluence.science/edenworks.
“Vertical farming allows us to deliver the highest quality product possible at the lowest cost possible,” said Ben Silverman, Co-founder and chief design officer at Edenworks. “The Fluence RAZR system not only creates an environment for improved growth and development of our microgreens, but allows us to run a commercial-scale vertical farm at a lower operating cost.”
Another vertical farm operation, Farm.One located in downtown Manhattan grows hundreds of rare crop types for New York City’s finest restaurants. Farm.One tested numerous LED grow lights. Then they chose to deploy Fluence RAZR solutions after seeing higher quality and yields. Visit http://fluence.science/farm-one for more information
“We are constantly evaluating new forms of ag-tech to improve the production and bottom-line of our vertical farm,” said Robert Laing, CEO at Farm.One. “The Fluence RAZR system achieves both with a thin, easy-to-install form-factor which allows us to grow more product per square inch, and optimal light intensity, uniformity and spectrum to cultivate a high-quality crop that exceeds our customers’ expectations.”