Wavelength Selective Photovoltaic Systems technology is big news to the greenhouse-grown food industry. The technology provides a new way to effectively grow crops and gather solar power at the same time. This is a big breakthrough considering that greenhouses are energy-intensive due to the need to keep them lit and at regulated temperatures. A combination of the new technology and modular greenhouses developed by Josh Smith in Reno, Nevada, could provide millions with the ability to grow their own low-cost produce.
The technology uses pink glass panels that are embedded with a special magenta dye. While growing, plants detect quality, quantity, duration and direction of light via a wide range of photoreceptors that can differentiate the various colors in light waves. When sunlight hits the Wavelength Selective Photovoltaic System’s pink panels, the luminescent dye eliminates most of the green wavelengths as well as some of the blue light wavelengths. The pink panels also enhance the red light wavelengths, which promotes more photosynthesis activity. Instead of wasting the captured green and blue light wavelengths, the pink panel channels them to photovoltaic strips, which in turn convert them into energy.
Although many people were skeptical that pink panels could hinder plant growth, the University of California-Santa Cruz researchers, who came up with the technology, explained that 20 percent of the plants even grew better. The technology was also successfully tested on 20 plant varieties including lemons, basil, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, limes, and cucumber.
Although more research still needs to be done to establish how the technology would measure up to others in terms of its overall sustainability, greenhouse experts such Josh Smith are very optimistic that the technology is a great step towards food system that’s friendly to the planet.
About Josh Smith
Josh Smith is visionary entrepreneur and CEO to several start-ups in the sustainable technology industries based in Reno, Nevada. He is the founder and current CEO of Modular Greenhouses.
Josh believes that it is not right for children to be fed on junk food during their developmental years and he is 100 percent committed to bringing a change to this systemic problem. With an experienced and purpose fueled team, Mr. Smith believes that he will propel Modular Greenhouses to achieve a leading market share status by 2020.