A specialised spectrum delivers a dramatic reduction in yield times
In addition to seeking Midstream’s assistance, Solagron also hired the services of an agronomist. With their help, Solagron was able to determine the ideal light spectrum for microalgae propagation – a range that Midstream was able to recreate using the LED boards in its Flare series of luminaires.
As well as being able to meet this unique design requirement, the build quality of the Flares also made them perfect for the demands of Solagron’s greenhouse-like environment. IP67-rated, the luminaires offer the highest standard of ingress protection, ensuring that they are well protected against the naturally moist atmosphere of the production facility.
The design of the Flare units has helped Solagron to realise additional benefits, too. Their compact nature, made possible by a proprietary cooling system, minimises shade and ensures that the maximum amount of light reaches the pools – an average of 131 μmol/m2/s.
The luminaire’s copper-based PCB, meanwhile, minimises heat build up and ensures high performance across a long lifespan, perfect for a system where access to the lights is severely limited.
Highly energy efficient – sufficiently so that 627 Flares are powered exclusively by solar panels mounted on the roof of the facility – the luminaires have helped Solagron to reduce microalgae production times from around four to five days to just a matter of hours.