Zenabis Global is collaborating with Signify to determine how to improve cannabis cultivation best practices. The research project will evaluate yield, energy savings, electricity input (kWh) per gram, cannabinoid content, and plant morphology. Signify is supporting the research through on-site and off-site plant specialist support for Zenabis’ indoor facility in Atholville, NB.
Zenabis is seeking a better balance between light and temperature, energy input, and improvement on plant quality. The trial being conducted compares a full high-pressure sodium (HPS)-lit cultivation area with a hybrid lighting solution that combines HPS and LED (50/50). Total light level is 800 µmol which is the equivalent of 34.5 Mol over a 12-hour period in the flowering phase.
“We already installed Philips LED lights for cannabis production in our 1.2 ha (12.000 m2) greenhouse in Langley, BC and are now entering the indoor space with Signify as a research partner,” said Leo Benne, Chief Growing Officer and Director at Zenabis. “We value the full-service approach with Philips Horti LED Partners that really know their business and the plant specialist support Signify is providing really helps us apply this new LED/HPS strategy and get the most out of our crop.”
Zenabis has approximately 6 acres of high-quality indoor facility space, as well as 10 acres of greenhouse space that will be dedicated to cannabis production once fully built-out. Their operations are strategically located on Canada’s East and West coasts, facilitating domestic distribution as well as international export (pending regulatory approval).
Signify has built up a substantial track record in more than 400 projects in the horticultural lighting market since 1995, developing ways to apply lighting technology to crop farming. With cutting-edge LED innovations, the company can custom-build a science-based solution for growers. In the last few years there has been a surge in the legalization of medicinal cannabis in several regions around the world. This has led to growers seeking out more controlled and energy-efficient methods of cultivating these crops in greenhouses, including the use of LED lighting and tailor-made light recipes.