Heliospectra (OTCQB: HLSPY, FIRSTNORTH: HELIO), a world leader in intelligent lighting technology for plant research and greenhouse cultivation, has had its European patent application approved by the European Patent Office. This marks the seventh region to approve the company’s core patent, as Europe joins the U.S., Russia, China, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong.
The patent concerns methods in optimizing LED (light emitting diode) lighting for plants as well as to make working processes more efficient in greenhouse environments of the future. Heliospectra’s core technology involves systems for quality control and light optimization in greenhouses based on the different qualities of plants. One result is that the appearance, color and taste of the final product can be influenced. Produce can be grown with greater quality yet with lower energy consumption and a simple adaptation of optimum lighting for different types of greenhouses in different environments. This innovation provides growers with a tool for creating new opportunities to offer a broader and better selection of produce available much closer to their markets.
What makes Heliospectra technology unique is that based on Internet of Things (IoT) technology, it combines sensors – which monitor the condition of plants and how they use the light – with state-of-the-art software that controls the lighting. This complete biofeedback system is protected by a portfolio of patents and patents pending.
Heliospectra’s premier product is its patented, energy-efficient LX60 Series LED system. The LX60 is the most sophisticated, modular LED lamp available for commercial and R&D grow operations worldwide. The LX60 is wi-fi enabled, allowing for online monitoring, scheduling and control. Among other features, external sensors and software can be added to the system.
In July, the company announced that it has successfully sold one of the largest LED cultivation installations in the world to a Las Vegas, NV cannabis licensee. Phase I of this contract represents over 672K USD (5.7 million SEK) in revenue for Heliospectra’s LX601C lamps and is to be installed during Q4 2015. American Cannabis, Heliospectra and the operator have designed a cutting edge facility that will deliver high quality end product at lower cost, with a substantially lower carbon footprint, than the current HID or HPS lamps used in similar operations.