There is power in pink according to a new study done by researchers at the University of California – Santa Cruz. By changing the glass on the panels of greenhouses to a pink hue, scientists found that they were still able to grow crops indoors and simultaneously harness solar energy.
The researchers hope that this new finding will help provide a more cost effective way of lowering greenhouse gas emissions, a contributing factor to climate change. The researchers used Wavelength-Selective Photovoltaic Systems, which have a pinkish hue, on the greenhouse panels. These panels enhance red wavelengths from sunlight, and remove some of the green and blue wavelengths. The result is that the red wavelengths spur growth in plants, while the green and blue wavelengths are harnessed to be used for solar energy.
By using these panels, the researchers found that the plants grew just as well as they did using the standard panels. These panels could have a large impact on greenhouse food production, which is a heavily growing industry. Using these panels could offer a way for food to be grown in greenhouses without the heavy burden on the environment.
The panels could also mean big things for companies who strive to offer solutions to sustainable food production such as Modular Greenhouse located in Reno, Nevada, of which Josh Smith is the CEO. As the founder of the company, Josh Smith aims to use his expertise to make healthy, home grown food accessible to all children regardless of where they live.
Josh Smith’s passion for creating a sustainable and healthier future began at a young age when he suffered a devastating loss of his grandfather to cancer. As he grew and studied, he became acutely aware of the importance of natural, organic foods to overall health and environmental well-being. Josh Smith’s passion for health and the environment drove him to create the Modular Greenhouse, now headquartered in Reno, Nevada. However, the company’s mission goes far beyond Reno, Nevada and aims to find a way for all primary and secondary schools to have a gardening program by the year 2025.