High Efficiency Lighting with Integrated Adaptive Control (HELIAC)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$600,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNK06OM01C
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
040776
Solicitation Topic Code:
B3.07
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator
 C. Michael Bourget
 Principal Investigator
 (608) 827-5000
 bourgetm@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Crabb
Title: Business Official
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: johnsond@orbitec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed project is the continued development of the High Efficiency Lighting with Integrated Adaptive Control (HELIAC) system. Solar radiation is not a viable option for growing plants on the Moon or on Mars for multiple reasons. On the other hand, lighting plants with electric lamps and rejecting the associated waste heat has associated energy costs that have driven NASA toward other options to provide food and fresh air to future Mars crews The HELIAC lighting system consists of small individual LED "light engines" that provide a level of control precision far in excess of standard lamps. This precision enables lamp configuration to be adapted to species specific growth habits so that photons can be absorbed efficiently by all available photosynthetic tissues. HELIAC will also provide the capability to adapt spectral balance automatically to plant development stage. Finally, it will have the capability to automatically detect the proximity of plant tissue and power only adjacent light engines, thereby greatly decreasing power requirements, particularly in the early stage of plant development.

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