Würth Elektronik has been very busy lately working on small to big scale experiments in indoor growth chambers and small greenhouses. Würth Elektronik facilities are equipped with electronic components such as the MagI³C power modules and LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in three very special wavelengths, Deep Blue 450 nm, Far Red 730 nm, Hyper Red 660 nm, and full spectrum LEDs.
These horticulture LEDs use wavelengths which are optimised for the needs of plants. Even if plants are utilising light to photosynthesise, they do not use the entire spectrum of visible light. Plants only utilize specific frequencies of light for photosynthesis. These frequencies are related to the absorption characteristics of different pigments that are present within organelles called chloroplasts that are responsible for different functions of photosynthesis. The control hardware and software, the light composition can be adjusted and thus influence the growth of plants.
"Why are we doing this? Of course, we are showing interested parties in this field that we are familiar with these applications. But we also believe in the enormous potential of this technology. Producing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the smallest space, close to the consumer, offers immense advantages in quality and distribution. Agricultural technology with controlled artificial lighting is a research area in which we are actively involved with our product development and through our cooperation with universities, organisations and customers. In this way, we want to accelerate the development of commercial applications and therefore we support start-ups technically by sharing our knowledge and know-how", the company announces
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