“Our iyris nanotechnology can be embedded into any plastic covering or pulled across in a net to block infrared radiation without blocking PAR,” says Ryan Lefers, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of RedSea.
In early 2023, RedSea was awarded an AE50 award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) for its newest technological advancement – iyris, a heat-blocking roof. The technology was developed by RedSea’s co-founder and Chief Engineer, Dr. Derya Baran, who is also an associate professor of Material Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. While working to develop a new solar power cell, Dr. Baran developed a material that can block infrared radiation without sacrificing visible light.
“With whitewash, you get about as much PAR blocked as heat, so you’re sacrificing light to block heat and control the temperature. This is not the case with iyris,” says Ryan. Incorporated in roofing materials and nets
According to Ryan, iyris’ nanotechnology can be embedded into any plastic covering, such as shade nets, polyethylene, polycarbonate, and acrylic. RedSea works with partner companies that manufacture greenhouse covering materials and nets, providing them with the nanomaterial to mix into the plastics.
iyris is currently available in the GCC, Egypt, and Spain, where hot conditions make greenhouse heat management absolutely critical. That said, RedSea will be expanding its reach into various other countries this year, bringing iyris superior performance to growers around the world.
Also, in 2023, RedSea will be releasing a data monitoring system and a temperature-controlled deepwater culture system for berries. The company will also be attending multiple shows, including GreenTech Amsterdam and the Commodity Classic in Orlando.
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Ryan Lefers, CEO and Co-Founder