Innovation From Reno Entrepreneur Josh Smith Could Help Feed Families in Need

The greenhouse-grown food industry has grown tremendously in the last 20 years. In fact, the industry has become twenty times to what it was 20 years ago. Currently, the land under greenhouses is estimated to be about nine million acres.

While greenhouses can be useful for growing year-round crops, they can also be expensive to maintain due to the high energy costs. Greenhouses require constant monitoring and regulation of temperatures and moisture to provide optimum conditions for plant growth. Josh Smith founded Modular Greenhouses in Reno, Nevada, in 2012, and he has transformed the company into one of the most significant suppliers of modern and energy efficient greenhouses in the country. He hopes that a combination of new technologies will allow individuals the ability to grow their own healthy and sustainable food.

Cornell University researched their greenhouses that cover a total of four acres and found out that they consume approximately 18 million kWh for lighting and heating annually. Besides the massive energy consumption, the greenhouses also produce over nine million pounds of carbon emissions annually. These greenhouse emissions are responsible for the current climatic change that is being witnessed in different parts of the globe.

Researchers and entrepreneurs alike, have put a lot of effort to come up with innovations that will transform the industry leading to cutting down on energy costs and reducing the amount greenhouse gas emissions. The new greenhouse technology is known as Wavelength Selective Photovoltaic Systems.

The new technology comprises of pink panels with embedded magenta luminescent dye. The pink panels are strategically placed on the roof of the greenhouses to absorb specific light wavelengths and enhance others.

The working of the pink greenhouse panels is simple. It is based on the fact that growing plants have receptors that detects the quality, quantity, duration, and direction of sunlight. The pink panels have a dye that absorbs the blue and green wavelengths of light and allow the red light wavelength to pass through. The blue and green light wavelengths are directed to photovoltaic receptors where they generate energy that is used to regulate temperatures inside the greenhouse.

Josh Smith, CEO of the Reno-based Modular Greenhouses, and driving force behind the HomeGardeningRevolution is among the most skilled entrepreneurs in the country. He has been in the industry for more than 15 years where he has established several successful business ventures.

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