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The Sun is #CANCELED, Balancing Food and Plastic waste, Vertical Farming Saffron, and more! | 🌿Vertical Farming Weekly - June 24, 2022

We all know that Photosynthesis requires water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight. Remove one of these factors, and a plant can't grow.

As CEA evolved over the last few decades, we've learned how to introduce these factors artificially. One of the most comm on cases of this is the use of grow lights, which are absolutely essential to any vertical farming setup. And with the constant improvements in LED technology, artificial light is becoming better than ever, but this technology cannot match the full spectrum of light that radiates from the sun... until now.

A group of scientists at UC Riverside and the University of Delaware have managed to artificially trigger photosynthesis in crops, completely eliminating the need for light all-together. Using a process called electrolysis, Carbon dioxide and water can be electrically transformed into an acetate, which is then incorporated into the crops's growing medium, just as you would a fertilizer. Not only can these acetates replace the need for sunlight and grow lights, but they can be used in addition for growth that is up to 18x more efficient than natural or artificial light alone. Isn't that wild?

For more information, you can read the full article here.

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-Noah ☀️

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Season 5 Episode 59 - Flash of Inspiration: How Digital Electricity Is Changing the Vertical Farming Industry with VoltServer’s Stephen Eaves

CEO and Founder of VoltServer, Stephen Eaves joins the show to share over twenty years of experience in the energy industry and his passion for doing things that have never been done before. Stephen is an expert in battery management, power electronics and energy infrastructure and has fifteen patents issued or pending related to energy storage and power conversion. Today, Harry and Stephen talk about the origin story of VoltServer and the technology behind digital electricity. Stephen shares his thoughts on areas where digital electricity can benefit vertical farming, what the future holds for both industries and what the future holds for high-tech power distribution.

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