Josh Smith Founder and CEO of Modular Greenhouses, located in Reno, Nevada, has developed a new and innovative structure in the greenhouse glass business. Meanwhile, researchers have created a method of growing greenhouse plants plus the added benefit of gathering the energy of the sun at the same time by altering the color of the roof glass.
It can be costly to operate a greenhouse because the buildings need to have constant environmental monitoring, including lighting, water distribution and temperature, in order to effectively grow the plants. When growing year-round plants this cost to run the power is even greater due to less sunlight and lower temperatures.
Carbon emissions is also a growing concern with the new network of greenhouses. A study performed by Cornell University discovered that approximately four acres of greenhouses produced more than 9 million pounds of the emissions.
But a new roof glass is specially tinted to a pink hue. This pink glass proved to generate the solar power needed to control the temperatures and effectively take the greenhouse off the grid. Unplugging the greenhouses from the grid will have an impact on the carbon emissions and the cost, which in turn could greatly impact the environment and food producing potential of some communities.
The Wavelength Selective Photovoltaic Systems uses a luminescent dye that is magenta in color. This dye in infused in the glass panels. Research is still being done at the Reno, Nevada facility to calculate the products overall sustainability but Josh Smith and his team see it as progress to a food producing greenhouse system that is unplugged, more cost effective, and better for the earth.
Modular Greenhouses is Joshua Smith’s company where he mentors a knowledgeable team of employees that all have liked minded visions of a future fueled with greenhouses. Being based in Reno, Nevada has given Smith the opportunity to work on programs in the Washoe County school system to incorporate education, greenhouses and gardening programs.
Modular Greenhouses, along with Josh Smith, strive to bring sustainable ways for communities and organizations around the world to grow food and help put an end to hunger.