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US (FL): Fiber optics technology to bring sunlight indoors

"Sustainable crop production needs energy-efficient and yield-increasing technologies like SunPath to meet the 21st century challenges of population growth and climate change," said DiMasi. "Our daylight delivery platform solves the energy pain point for high-energy-use markets including building lighting, indoor agriculture, and legal cannabis, while sharing healthy full-spectrum sunlight." 

With the world's population projected to grow to over 10 billion in just 5 years, Controlled Environment Agriculture holds the promise of addressing the coming unprecedented demand on the food supply through increased crop yield while lowering energy usage and production costs.

SunPath's patented collection and fiber optic technologies have been shown to deliver up to 10x the energy of PV solar panels driving LEDs, a breakthrough that has received millions in funding from the US Department of Energy and angel investors.

It was shown that in a recent pilot conducted at a commercial cultivator, the Sunshine Inside PlatformTM successfully increased cannabis dried flower yield by 60-100% across several strains.

"The cannabis industry has entered its next stage of maturity, and commoditization is placing pressure on cultivators," said Joseph DiMasi, CEO of SunPath. "Our mission is to dramatically improve cannabis manufacturing by piping sunlight directly into the plant canopy so our partners can gain significant increase in yields…and reduce a facility's operating costs and carbon footprint while gaining a significant competitive edge."

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