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ARPA-E Selects Plenoptic TOF Technology @ LESA

The LESA team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of New Mexico in collaboration with industry partner ABB was recently selected to receive a $2.375M award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) program.  (more…)

Extreme Light Trapping

A silicon solar cell harvests the energy of the sun as light travels down through light-absorbent silicon. To reduce weight and cost, solar cells are thin, and while silicon absorbs visible light well, it captures less than half of the light in the near-infrared spectrum, which makes up one-third of the sun’s energy. Read more.

Circadian, Sleep and Neurobehavioral Performance Engineering @ LESA

Human circadian rhythm regulation is linked to many physiological processes, including sleep. Circadian disruption is known to have negative impacts on health and may lead to lower human performance and higher risk of failure during critical tasks.  By understanding the relationships between human circadian processes, sleep processes, and cognitive performance, improved management of lighting and task scheduling can be developed to favorably impact overall human health and performance. (more…)

Circadian, Sleep and Neurobehavioral Performance Engineering @ LESA

Human circadian rhythm regulation is linked to many physiological processes, including sleep. Circadian disruption is known to have negative impacts on health and may lead to lower human performance and higher risk of failure during critical tasks.  By understanding the relationships between human circadian processes, sleep processes, and cognitive performance, improved management of lighting and task scheduling can be developed to favorably impact overall human health and performance. (more…)

LESA and Cornell to Collaborate on $2.42M Program for Advanced Urban Farming

LESA and the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) team at Cornell University have been awarded a $2.42M research program under the NSF “Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water” (INFEWS) program. The awarded research project, Strategic FEW and Workforce Investments to Enhance Viability of Controlled Environment Agriculture in Metropolitan Areas, will develop a multi-dimensional toolkit to guide the development of metropolitan based CEA. (more…)

LESA and Cornell to Collaborate on $1.92M Program for Advanced Urban Farming

LESA and the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) team at Cornell University have been awarded a $1.92M research program under the NSF “Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water” (INFEWS) program. The awarded research project, Strategic FEW and Workforce Investments to Enhance Viability of Controlled Environment Agriculture in Metropolitan Areas, will develop a multi-dimensional toolkit to guide the development of metropolitan based CEA. The growth systems, operating guidelines and workforce development programs that will be developed in this research is part of a broad collaboration between LESA and Cornell University exploring the future of advanced CEA systems as part of advancing sustainable urban food supplies. This new INFEWS award augments the systems that will be developed by $5M GLASE consortium led by LESA and Cornell and funded by NYSERDA specifically for reducing the carbon footprint of modern greenhouse systems.

At LESA, this new project will be led by Dr. Tessa Pocock, a global expert on photobiology and relationships between lighting and plant physiology who will work on the effect of LED light programs on water use efficiency and nutrient content of crop plants. In parallel, Professor Marianne Nyman in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer will be developing new methods for assessing plant nutrient content to quantify CEA growth system performance. Together, they will work with the world class team of CEA experts led by Professor Neil Mattson at Cornell on CEA economic modeling, system design and workforce development that will advance the future of metropolitan food production.

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Research Engineer