LED or HPS: Which Supplemental Lighting Option Should You Choose For Your Greenhouse?

For the second installation of our greenhouse lighting series, we will be discussing the difference between the two most commonly used artificial lights in commercial greenhouse operations - HPS (high-pressure sodium) and LED (light-emitting diode).    A Brief Introduction HPS bulbs create light by sending electricity back and forth through an “arc tube”. An external…

Light Harvesting Advantages of Passive Solar Design

The Relationship Between Greenhouse Design and Supplemental Lighting  The benefit of growing in a greenhouse, rather than growing indoors, is the ability to utilize free energy from the sun. The sun’s energy is more powerful and effective than any artificial light available. The downside is it’s not consistent. Sunlight intensity will fluctuate depending on a…

4 Benefits of an Automated Controller in a Vented Greenhouse

Why a master controller is better than a thermostat for your greenhouse operation. Ceres’ patented solar design and innovative climate control technologies enable us to build year round greenhouses in any climate. Depending on geographic location, crop application, and specific client needs our greenhouses might operate with different types of ventilation, HVAC and other greenhouse…

Introducing the EcoLoop™:  Ceres Most Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling System Yet 

At Ceres we are challenging the idea that “high tech” means “expensive” when it comes to greenhouse design. Between our patented passive solar structural design and our Ground to Air Heat Transfer (GAHT™) System, innovation is at our core and we aim to provide growers with the most energy-efficient growing solutions. We help our growers…

2019 Global CEA Census Findings

A survey was conducted in the Summer of 2019 to gather information on the current state of the CEA (controlled environment agriculture) industry. The survey was sponsored by Agritecture, an urban agriculture consulting company and Autogrow, an agricultural automation company. 316 participants from 54 different companies responded to the survey’s 45 questions, and the results…

Calculate Your Energy Savings! About Ceres’ New Greenhouse Energy Calculator

Our data engineers have developed a comprehensive online tool that compares the energy savings of a Ceres sealed greenhouse against a traditional greenhouse design and an indoor grow room. The purpose of the tool is for users to see a breakdown of power consumption and CO2 emission data from those three types of facilities, for…

What is Agritech and Why Should You Care?

“Agritech” is the fusion of Agriculture and Technology. More specifically, it is the use of technology in agriculture to maximize yields and efficiency. In order to achieve these aims, agritech uses technologies that include comprehensive data collection, robotics, and artificial intelligence.   Why should you care?   Potential for the future of agriculture   The…

How Can I Keep My Residential Greenhouse From Overheating?

By Paige Schavey   As summer approaches and the outside temperatures begin to rise, the temperature inside your greenhouse will begin to rise with it.  How do you combat overheating inside your greenhouse? Here are four things you can do to keep those temps down.   Passive Ventilation  Open any windows and doors and leave…

An Introduction to Vapor Pressure Deficit

How well do you understand temperature and relative humidity? By Harry Connor Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) is used by growers to assess how dry the air is at a given moment. If the air is too dry, photosynthesis will stop in order to protect the plant from exhaustion. Photosynthesis is the process of converting sunlight,…

How to Reduce Heat in Your Greenhouse with Shade Paint

Summer is almost here! As outdoor temperatures begin to rise, greenhouse temperatures rise as well. Luckily, there are a few methods for reducing the amount of heat that enters your greenhouse. Here at Ceres, we think that shade paint is a great way to reduce greenhouse temperatures. Shade paint can be applied once your greenhouse…