“In industrial lighting installation, the excitement is in the planning and installation. But in agronomic lighting, the most exciting part is post-installation,” says Elad Toby, the founder, chief business development and technology officer at REMY 108 Ltd. (REMY), an Israeli provider of advanced LED lighting solutions for agriculture.
REMY is a family-owned business that began in the lighting industry in 2009, then working mostly in industrial settings to provide lighting for parking lots, factories and warehouses, offices, etc. In 2011, the company entered the agronomic lighting industry and became one of the first players in the Israeli LED lighting field.
Today, agronomic lighting accounts for roughly 95% of REMY’s business and according to Elad, the shift to agronomic lighting was one of the best decisions made by the company.
“We have a huge passion for what we do. We love the plants, the people and the work. When you wake up to something you like doing and you like the people you work with, it makes everything great,” says Elad.
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REMY Ltd. offers a wide variety of agronomic solutions including photosynthetic and photoperiodic lighting, as well as linear LED lighting for indoor farms. The company also offers clone & nursery grow carts, trellis lighting and hobby farming systems
REMY’s participation extends far beyond light modeling and installation. After installation, REMY works closely with the grower to ensure that the entire growing environment is being optimized. In both indoor farms and greenhouses, a grower’s lighting strategy impacts the optimal temperature, humidity and CO2 enrichment strategies. The REMY team thus works with the grower to ensure that all subsystems are working in tandem to provide the crop with the best growing conditions.
Why supplemental lighting in high-light regions?
REMY has worked on multiple projects in Israel, many of which are medicinal cannabis operations in greenhouses. Despite Israel receiving abundant sunlight year-round, actual sunlight levels vary throughout the year which impacts cannabis quality and yield. Because of this, supplemental lighting allows growers in high-light regions to improve crop uniformity throughout the year.
The company is also involved with multiple indoor farms in the region, tissue culture project, urban gardens and is developing trials over saffron, strawberries and leafy greens, among others. Further, REMY is reportedly working with project integrators to design turnkey projects outside of Israel.
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Partnership with Fluence by OSRAM
After having accrued significant agronomic experience, installations and market traction, REMY was ready to take it to the next level and partner with a grand LED lighting manufacturer to be able to provide advanced solutions together. Out of many manufacturers, REMY saw Fluence by OSRAM as the best fit. They approached Fluence in order to establish a cooperation.
This was followed by a process that examined REMY's knowledge, service standards, reputation in the Israeli market and more. Out of several candidate companies, Fluence made the decision to choose REMY and a partnership was formed between the two. This allows REMY to provide a great LED lighting solution, with access to vast agronomic and application knowledge and build an international network.