Plant adaptive supplemental lighting control system

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2017-33610-27021
Agency Tracking Number: 2017-03458
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.13
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-31
Small Business Information
111 RIVERBEND RD, ATHENS, GA, 30602-1514
DUNS: 080724397
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Erico Mattos
 (302) 290-1560
 erico@candidus.us
Business Contact
 Erico Mattos
Title: CTO
Phone: (302) 290-1560
Email: erico.mattos@phytosynthetix.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Candidus is a horticultural lighting technology company that develops lighting strategies strategiesfor commercial greenhouses, combining plant physiology and bioengineering to provide growers with unprecedented control over crop production. Our "biofeedback control of LED lights" developed during Phase I is a method to determine how efficiently crops can use light to photosynthesize and grow. It has proven to determine crop-specific lighting requirements and to reduce energy consumption of 30% compared to non-controlled lights. Energy consumption by lighting systems in greenhouses can be as high as $230,000/ha/year and represent up to 30% of the value of the crops produced. The high cost associated with supplemental lighting poses a challenge for greenhouse growers trying to make a profit, while maintaining high yields and quality year-round. During Phase II we will develop and implement anAdaptive Lighting Control technology to bring the benefits of the biofeedback control of LED lights to the greenhouse industry. This is a high precision lighting control system capable to maintain lighting conditions required to sustain crop-specific optimum photosynthetic rates by augmenting natural sun light at reduced energy consumption. Our objective is to develop a technology platform for cloud-based lighting control systems which will continuously provide greenhouse growers integrated lighting solutions. Our goal is to provide greenhouse growers an economically beneficial supplemental lighting technology to increase their operation's profitability with a ROI in less than two years. Our technology is in line with USDA priorities "improved crop production methods" and "energy conservation"

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