Largest ever LED-lit glasshouse "part of domestically-grown trend"

The world's largest LED-lit glasshouse is to be build in central Russia to grow tomatoes and cucumbers for the domestic market.

Image: Philips
Image: Philips

Philips Lighting said it would provide Moscow-based Agro-Invest with LED grow lights for the project, covering an area of more than 25 hectares in Lyudinovo, Kaluga region, to enable year-round growing.

Philips says the 65,000 1.25m long Philips GreenPower LED toplights and 57,000 2.5m long Philips GreenPower LED interlights would stretch 223 km if laid end to end.

Working with Dutch partner Agrolux and a Russian installer, it aims to complete the installation over the next three months.

Agro-Invest general director Irina Meshkova said: "Thanks to this technology we will be able to increase yields in the darker months of the year, and significantly reduce our energy usage."

Philips Lighting’s horticultural lighting business leader Udo van Slooten added: "The project highlights a growing international trend to replace imports with domestically grown produce, reducing food miles and ensuring freshness."


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