Microcosms and hello-tech vegetation – a new frontier for agriculture?

There is growing communicate of indoor crops, i.e. productions that are promptly available to buyers for the reason that they are developed inside of supermarkets and can be harvested and placed in carts.

Basil below white-spectrum subtle gentle (OLED)

Is this the final intent of the ISAAC job (progressive lighting strategy process for expanding vegetables indoors) done by ENEA in Portici? FreshPlaza talked about it with Luigi d’Aquino, one particular of the head scientists of the task funded with close to €4.8 million by the Ministry for Financial Development to test OLED (Organic Mild Emitting Diode) lighting techniques on vegetation. 

“Although it is still early for realistic applications of OLED sources in agriculture, we have taken the suitable route, contemplating its sustainability and reduced energy impression. The undertaking aims at favoring the advancement of vegetation indoors by making use of new-generation lighting created to improve people’s convenience, help you save electricity and limit the use of harmful things in lights system devices.”

Luigi d’Aquino

The job brings together the capabilities of ENEA when it will come to agronomics and revolutionary lights methods with these of Gruppo FOS for IT and telecommunications and those people of Becar (Gruppo Beghelli) in the lights approach sector.

“The investigation carries on the functions started out by the SMARTAGS job, which generated the ENEA-FOS global patent acknowledged as ‘Microcosmo’, i.e. a actual hello-tech industry simulator for innovative study in agriculture but whose technologies can also be useful for the indoor and outdoor cultivation of grassy and woody plants (these as olives, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, etcetera.) working with soil as a substrate, as it is deemed a much more sustainable technique than hydroponics.”

“The to start with tests exposed how white-spectrum subtle light OLED lights with a warm tone can guidance plant expansion, whilst there is even now a great deal to be performed when it will come to gentle depth. However, many thanks to their peculiar characteristics – together with large emission place, generation of subtle mild, substantial conversion efficiency and therefore very low temperature that does not require the use of warmth sinks – OLEDs can also be applied for designer and high-finish lighting devices and is suitable for both of those individuals and crops, contributing to people’s nicely-currently being,” adds Maria Graia Maglione, ENEA researcher part of the Nano-materials and machine Laboratory (in the photo).


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