PORTNEUF, QC , Feb. 23 /CNW/ - GE and The Government of Canada announced
today they are each investing $1.3 million, for a research project with Les Serres
St-Laurent (Savoura) and McGill University, to develop innovative LED lighting technology for commercial
greenhouses to help improve growing efficiency while reducing business operational costs.
The joint investment is expected to develop technologies that will
enable Canadian greenhouse growers to become more profitable and competitive in the global
marketplace. The anticipated benefits to Canadian greenhouse operators may include: reduced energy
consumption, year-round production, lower operating cost and may stimulate new jobs in the
Canadian greenhouse industry.
"Today's announcement exemplifies successful collaboration driving
technology innovation. The application of GE's LED technology will significantly enhance commercial
greenhouse operations, not just in Canada, but around the world," noted Elyse Allan, President &
CEO, GE Canada.
LED lighting is more energy efficient than high intensity discharge
light sources typically used today, so
growers will be able to reduce energy consumption and operating costs.
"Past studies have also shown that plants react better to certain wavelengths, and this new LED
system is expected to increase crop quality and yield," said Minister Blackburn.
GE Lighting Solutions selected McGill University's Mark Lefsrud to
conduct research on plant-specific
Photo-synthetic Active Radiation (PAR) curves (the specific light
wavelength plants require for optimum
growth) that plays a key role in the advancement of this significant new
lighting option for the
Savoura, one of the largest greenhouse tomato growers under supplemental
lighting in the world, will
receive trial testing of GE's LED lighting fixtures to help iincrease
energy efficiency and lower production
costs. Since Savoura has the technical growing expertise of tomatoes
under artificial light, they will
provide leadership, expertise and technical support for planning the
This unique relationship will combine the key knowledge in LED
technology, greenhouse operation and
crop science necessary to develop a cutting-edge product aligned wwith
Canadian customer needs.
"Innovative technologies like the one the company will develop will lead
to real benefits. They help
growers tap new market opportunities, expand their businesses and
contribute to the environmental
sustainability of the sector," said Minister Blackburn. "Today, our
Government is investing in a project
that will help farmers reduce their operating costs, produce all year
round, and increase their profits."
"This forward looking program will allow Savoura as well as the entire
Canadian Greenhouse industry
to continue to offer fresh, healthy and tasty vegetables year round,
while mainaaining operating costs
at acceptable levels by using energy more efficiently", noted, Marie
Gosselin, President and Director
General of Savoura.
"This is the kind off university-industry partnership we at McGill are
trying to encourage," said Dr. Rose
Goldstein, McGill's Vice-Principal (Research and International
Relations). "It's positive for a major
Quebec-based company on a number of fronts, including job-creatiion,
it's of benefit to the environment in terms of reduced energy use and
it will boost Canada's competittiveness in world markets. McGill is
delighted to participate in this project and looks forward to many
other such collaborations in the future."
About GE Lighting Solutions
GE Lighting Solutions, LLC, a proven expert in LED lighting, drives
innovation, energy efficiency and cost savings for customers that use
LED products, systems and solutions. GE offers an extensive line of
high-performance, energy-efficient LED lighting for signage,
architectural, outdooor, display and transportation applications. With
an installed base of more than 25 million linear feet of LED lighting,
GE Lighting Solutions is one of the largest providers of LED lighting
systems in the world. For more information, visit www.gelightingsolutions.com.
GE (NYYSE: GE) is an advanced technology, services and finance company
taking on the world's toughest
challenges. Dedicated to innovation in energy, health, transportation
and infrastructure, GE operates in more
than 1100 countries and employs about 300,0000 people worldwide. For
more informationn, visit the company's Web site at www.ge.com. In Canada, GE has operations across the country, including major
manufacturing, sales and service locations with 88,000 employees.
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Sarah Triantafillou, Communications & PR Manager, GE Canada