Greenhouses are perfect structures that provide a conducive environment for growing crops year-round. Different types of plants can be grown in a greenhouse. Some of the most common crops grown in a greenhouse include vegetables, flowers and other crops. The size of a greenhouse varies with some tiny occupying areas and others that are as big as the size of a football field. Greenhouse technology is mostly applied in areas where conditions aren’t suitable for growing certain crops.
The use of greenhouse technology results in increased production and leads to the production of healthy crops that are grown in controlled environments. However, despite the many advantages of installing a greenhouse on your farm, it also comes with some challenges. Greenhouses require a lot of energy to maintain. High amounts of energy are needed to maintain greenhouse conditions that are required for proper crop growth.
In the last decade, significant improvements were made on greenhouse technology that helped in minimizing energy consumption and the production of greenhouse gases. Greenhouses that collect solar energy during the day and use them at night were designed to cut energy costs drastically.
However, the most recent developments will help to cut energy costs further and reduce the number of ozone gases produced by greenhouses. The most recent technology was developed by a group of scientists based at the University of California-Santa Cruz. It involves the use of pink panels that are known as Selective Photovoltaic Systems. The scientists managed to tweak the glass roof panels of the greenhouses to grow greenhouse crops and harvest solar power simultaneously.
Growing crops have photoreceptors that can sense various aspects of sunlight wavelengths such as light duration, quality, quantity and even direction of the light. The pink panels have an embedded dye that absorbs the blue and green light wavelengths, which is used to generate solar power. The dye, however, allows the red light wavelength to pass through. The red light wavelength enhances photosynthesis.
About Josh Smith
Joshua Smith is an accomplished U.S-based entrepreneur. He has successfully established various startups in the sustainable and wellness fields. Joshua Smith is the CEO and the co-founder of Reno-based Modular Greenhouses, as well as other startups. He is passionate about utilizing modern technology in the production processes and adopting techniques that will help in energy and environmental conservation.