Tomerel is proving what farms can achieve with advanced technologies and best practices. Fluence LEDs produce 2 times more photons, driving photosynthesis, compared to HPS lights. Depending on a host of environmental factors, each 1% increase in light intensity translates to a 1% increase in production with an eventual point of diminishing returns; this research partly explains Tomerel’s average stem increase from 3.8 to 4.2/m2. Furthermore, Tomerel established a flexible energy strategy that uses light when energy prices are low and sells energy back to the grid when prices are high. Optimizations such as these provide Tomerel with major competitive advantages throughout the year but especially in winter.
5% less energy input and 40% light increase (180 to 250 umols)
Improved quality and production throughout winter months when DLI is low, the fruit weight remained
Increased stem count and better translocation of sugars during the night (5% more yield with 5% less natural light, he gave the same amount of light in less hours)
25% more energy sold back to grid and 5% gas consumption saved