"We are offering a highly advanced dynamic lighting option where we can finetune to a precise spectrum using over 15 different light channels. This is more representative of what plants normally live in, which is not a static, fixed spectrum environment," says Øyvind Hasund Dahl, Chief Revenue Officer at Rift Labs.
Rift Labs is a Norwegian company that was founded in 2010, focusing on creating innovative lighting solutions for the photography and film industry, primarily in the North American market, working with B&H Photo & Video in New York since 2015. Since then, Rift Labs has become a highly respected lighting company and has won various awards for its lighting solutions.
Øyvind Hasund Dahl and Halvard Aagaard
The company is now eyeing the horticultural industry and is striving to provide the most sophisticated lighting solutions for plants using its patented LED technology, which utilizes unique software that enables extremely precise control and adjustment of light of different wavelengths, temperatures, and intensities across the entire spectrum of light.
"Being able to produce high-quality light across all colors, temperatures, and intensities allows us to optimize the light conditions for every plant throughout its lifetime. This is the ultra-professional segment of farming," says Halvard Aagaard, CEO at Rift Labs.
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Funds raised for expansion into vertical farming
On August 17, 2022, Rift Labs announced that the company had raised $1.7 million in funding to accelerate their growth in the vertical farming industry. The funding will be used to improve current products and add new products designed for the horticultural industry.
Rift Labs' product design is fueled by internal research in the company's own self-contained mobile hydroponics labs, which is used to conduct A-B experiments. The system has two separate chambers in which the carbon dioxide, fertigation, air quality, temperature, and lighting are controlled independently. The goal is to tweak different parameters, collect and transfer data to the cloud then apply algorithms to analyze the data and determine the optimal growing conditions.
Rift Labs' awarded lights
"We are working with a strong team of plant scientists and engineers with backgrounds from Harvard and large industry players who have vast experience in scaling large productions. We are also working with customers on different continents to find the right technology to make the scaling work," says Øyvind.
Rift Labs applies its proprietary software to optimize inputs such as light spectrum and intensity, air temperature and speed, water temperature, nutrient concentrations, and carbon dioxide levels. Powerful AI analytics and machine learning algorithms allow growers to gain efficiency and optimize operations in real time.
"Lighting is mostly standard hardware today, as most LEDs can now be found off-the-shelf. However, our patented software technology for controlling these LEDs is a game-changer in the industry, as we can continuously optimize the ideal light and growth conditions with demonstrable effect.," says Halvard.