Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2017 - 7
CENTER FOR LIGHTING
ENABLED SYSTEMS & APPLICATIONS
As consumers demAnd more locAlly sourced vegetAbles
and the farm-to-table movement continues to build
momentum, New York greenhouses are faced with
conflicting tasks focused on producing more quality
vegetables while reducing overall energy consumption.
Now, a newly formed public-private consortium
called GLASE-The Greenhouse Lighting and Systems
Engineering Consortium, led by researchers at
Cornell University and Rensselaer-has been launched
to transform the way greenhouses operate in order to
reduce electricity use by 70 percent.
The seven-year, $5 million project funded by the
New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority will advance New York Governor Andrew
Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard that aims to have
50 percent of electricity come from renewable energy
sources by 2030.
Plant physiology expert Tessa Pocock, who serves
as a senior research scientist at the Center for Lighting
Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA), will lead the
work at Rensselaer. Pocock is fascinated by photosynthesis and has conducted research with plants in
both academic and industry settings. "GLASE has the
potential to create a more sustainable and profitable
greenhouse industry. The systems engineering expertise
at LESA and the agriculture expertise at Cornell
make this an ideal partnership."