Solar greenhouses could be off-grid food factories

Nov 07, 2017, 6:11 AM EST
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Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have remodeled the centuries-old concept of greenhouse farming with a technology tweak that could potentially cut down on energy consumption and curb gas emissions.

The team has developed “smart greenhouses” that are programmed to power themselves from incident sun rays without affecting the growth of the plant, writes Futurism.

These self-sustaining greenhouses rely on Wavelength-Selective Photovoltaic Systems (WSPVs) to produce on-site electricity and run their monitoring systems, fans, lights, and temperature control, which reduces our reliance on power grids and brings down greenhouse gas emissions.