UbiGro : Luminescent Greenhouse Technology

An emerging global problem is the amount of decreasing agricultural land per capita. The trends of increasing population, urbanization, diminishing water supply, and continuing climate change have contributed to declining stocks of arable land per person. Statistics on future growth of the world population from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reveal that arable land per person is projected to decrease further by 2050 to one-third of the amount available in 1970. As these agricultural land resources decrease, policy makers are faced with the challenge of sustainably feeding the rapidly growing world population which is projected to reach approximately 9.7B in 2050 (from 7.6B in 2018).

Almost every aspect of greenhouse agriculture is fully optimized and controlled, from the hydroponics to temperature and CO2, but sunlight varies by season and climate. The only way to control spectrum (ie, light color) is with expensive lighting that burns electricity. Climate change is driving greenhouse adoption. As vegetable and cannabis prices fall with increased competition, cultivators are shifting to ‘sungrown’ (in a greenhouse) to lower costs. Cultivators are eager to maintain quality, while maximizing yield/cost. Horticultural lighting is too expensive for most crops.

UbiQD’s first product is a retrofit film called UbiGro™ that is installed at test sites in New Mexico, California, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Canada, Thailand, the Netherlands, and Spain. UbiGro™ utilizes UbiQD’s proprietary QDs (unique, safe, low-cost, stable) to improve sunlight for a more consistent, yield-optimized greenhouse spectrum year-round, regardless of location. The spectrum can be easily optimized with QDs because color can be changed during the manufacturing process (by changing particle size). Utilizing an orange-colored film that mimics the late summer sun, UbiGro™ boosts crop yields, shortens growth cycles, and in some cases improves crop quality (eg, higher terpenes). 

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