18 January 2016
Chris Fung, Wiley’s Technical Service Director is currently in Singapore attending Indoor Ag Con Asia, gaining a stronger understanding of the indoor agriculture industry landscape and connecting with leaders and specialists in the field. Chris shares his first day’s learnings with us:
Professor Kozai from Emeritus Chiba University in Japan addressed Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFAL) technology with amazing insight. Noting his most satisfying work experiences were developing computer control for PFALs in the 1970s and with a smile that no-one was interested way back then.
Key takeaways from Professor Kozai’s presentation:
Dr Wei Fang from the National Taiwan University worked through the quantitative analysis and financial performance for PFALs. He explained the rates of research and development and maturity between Japan Vs Taiwan (industry leaders) and how he scientifically ascertains and models economic valuation (inputs/key criteria/pitfalls) of these facilities
Dr Fang also expressed plant growth as a direct consequence of lighting and energy inputs. Essentially, for a certain amount of Energy (kW or $$$) you can anticipate your expected plant yield (kg).
Wiley attends events like Indoor Ag Con Asia as we aim to bring food and people together in a better way. This allows us to lead and collaborate with our network discussing the latest knowledge and technology to help everyone innovate, improve performance and aid in ensuring the future of global food security.
Stay tuned for updates from the rest of today’s sessions and tomorrow’s installment.
Connect with Wiley’s Chris Fung, Brendan Kerr and CK Choo who are in attendance on LinkedIn for industry news.
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