The benefits of growing your crops in an indoor facility are obvious: you can cultivate year-round and better control the environment. However, there are inherent drawbacks to each type of cultivation facility.
Indoor agriculture today is primarily ruled by three different types of designs: HID, LED, and mixed light greenhouses. Each of these designs has significant flaws that reduce the viability and quality of crops, harm the environment, and increase energy costs.
What if your indoor grow facility was designed from the get-go to bypass these major flaws?
That’s what SunGrown Zero can do for you.
Flaws in Common Grow Facility Setups
HID light facilities
HID light facilities are a common conventional choice for indoor cultivation. This facility type usually employs 1000-watt bulbs. While the cost of the bulbs are relatively inexpensive when compared to LED lighting, they are highly inefficient and give off a great deal of heat. HID light facilities require a lot of energy as well and produce a limited spectrum of light. All this combines to increase energy costs, waste and reduce the overall quality and viability of your crops.
- Excessive energy consumption
- Expensive upkeep
- Generate high amounts of heat
- Limited spectrum of light
LED lighting facilities
LED lights are generally more efficient than their traditional HID light indoor cultivation facility counterpart. Light for light, LEDs use less energy, so it is no surprise that LED lighting facilities are billed as a way to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs. However, LEDs are actually more expensive to install and require more lights to be effective. As a result, LEDs neither cut up-front costs nor reduce your overall energy consumption.
- Very expensive to install
- Requires many lights to be effective
- Demands more energy overall
Mixed light greenhouses
These greenhouses are large polycarbonate facilities designed to house plants year-round. Today, these greenhouses make up about a third of the indoor cultivation facilities in operation. Greenhouses seem cost effective to build, but IR and UV gets "trapped" inside, causing heat buildup. Greenhouses are designed to let radiation pass through, but greenhouse gases absorb and re-radiate them. As a result, these greenhouses typically experience a heightened crop failure rate that does not justify the expense to construct such a facility.
- Polycarbonate plastics increase heat retention
- Increased risk of mold and mildew
- Highest crop failure rate in the industry
The SunGrown Zero Solution
SunGrown Zero incorporates full-spectrum, natural sunlight into every one of its designs, bringing down energy costs, cutting waste, and creating a healthier environment for your crops. SunGrown Zero marries several patented technologies with strategic SOP development and facility design to deliver an unparalleled cultivation process that harnesses the power of the sun.
- • Cut energy costs by 60 to 90 percent
- • Reduce crop failure rates from molds and mildews by 50 to 75 percent
- • Incorporate full-spectrum sunlight for healthier plants
Solatube daylight devices
Every SunGrown Zero design incorporates Solatube Daylighting Systems made with Spectralight Infinity polycarbonate tubing lined with a reflective material. Solatube’s Raybender Technology allows for low angle light collection from sunrise to sunset. These devices, covered under a multi-year warranty, bring in 99.7% of the color spectrum of the sun's natural light, along with 90% of the photosynthesis promoting radiation plants need. The result is a less energy-intensive method of growing plants that provide what they need to thrive: real sunlight!
SunGrown Zero designs cut energy costs by anywhere from 60 to 90 percent. Best of all, these designs reduce the need for excessive lighting, greatly reducing the upfront installation costs associated with constructing an indoor facility.
SunGrown Zero's methods result in little to no heat transfer, reducing heat build-up and cutting the odds of crop failure due to molds and mildews by 50 to 75 percent. Reduced heat transfer also means less need for climate control, which reduces upfront installation costs, further slashes energy costs and reduces wasteful techniques that put a strain on the environment.
Strategic lighting system design
Where lights are necessary, SunGrown Zero incorporates a strategy that maximizes efficiency and keeps energy usage to a minimum. By marrying intelligent lighting software with a design that leverages natural sunlight, SunGrown Zero facilities require less lighting and less lighting run time overall. That means lower energy costs, less heat, a reduced environmental footprint and healthier crops.
Along with facility design, SunGrown Zero can provide strategic SOP development, determining the most effective and efficient way to rotate your crops through your facility. With SunGrown Zero, you get more than a partner for your facility construction, you get a strategic advisor that shows you how to make the best of your new indoor cultivation facility.
The result of the SunGrown Zero solution is happier, healthier crops, lower energy costs, and a smaller environmental footprint.