Fluence collaboration with Dutch propagator WPK creates immediate improvements in plant quality and uniformity

AUSTIN, Texas and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–Fluence, a leading global provider of energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial cannabis and food production, today announced its collaboration with Westlandse Plantenkwekerij (WPK), a large Dutch propagator specializing in the cultivation of young plants for greenhouse horticulture in Europe.

Originally founded in the 1930s by Arie van der Arend, WPK is a multigenerational family business now run by van der Arend descendants Erik and Eviek. As a propagator, WPK oversees the seed-to-plant process for vegetables and tray plants for growers across Europe. The company’s scientific approach to farming has led to decades of success, ultimately leading WPK to enlist Fluence’s help to install research-backed LED lighting for the first time at its ‘s-Gravenzande facility, jointly owned with Plantenkwekerij P. van Geest.

WPK introduced Fluence’s VYPR Series overhead lights alongside existing legacy high-pressure sodium (HPS) luminaires to take advantage of the unique control offered by a hybrid lighting approach to optimizing environmental factors, including ambient heat control. The hybrid lighting model at the WPK facility has led to better management of seasonal growing conditions and significant energy savings.

“After installing Fluence’s LED lighting solutions, we learned that young plants thrive in LED-lit environments,” said Erik van der Arend, CEO of WPK. “This has allowed us the flexibility to grow a wide range of crops in the same environment and under the same lighting conditions, reducing nuisance and improving our energy costs. The transition to Fluence has helped improve plant quality and development speed, ensuring our customers get a consistent product that is consistently great.”

In collaboration with Fluence’s horticultural lighting experts, WPK adjusted the LED spectra to optimize operating costs and maintain superior quality for the grower’s tomato, cucumber, pepper and flower crops. Early results show that WPK is achieving an estimated 40-50% electricity savings by using two-thirds Fluence LED luminaires and one-third HPS in the greenhouse. Additionally, WPK increased overall light levels by 30% due to the overall efficiency of LED technology. Post-installation harvests produced more compact, generative and vigorous plants that were darker or richer in color.

“What’s interesting about Fluence’s lighting technology is the right degree of cooling: the luminaire doesn’t get very hot,” added van der Arend. “Also, the spectrum is widely applicable.”

“When you work with Fluence, you’re not just buying a stand-alone LED light. You are accessing a network of leading lighting and horticultural experts who can help you create the right conditions to optimize your growing environment,” said Timo Bongartz, general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa at Fluence. “That’s why we love working with propagators like WPK, who share our passion for developing innovative lighting and environmental control strategies.”

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About Creep

Fluence Bioengineering, Inc. (Fluence) creates powerful, energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial crop production and research applications. Fluence is a leading provider of LED lighting to the global cannabis market and is committed to enabling more efficient crop production with the world’s best vertical farms and greenhouse growers. Fluence’s global headquarters is in Austin, Texas, with its EMEA headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fluence operates as a business unit within Signify’s digital solutions division. To learn more about Fluence, visit www.fluence.science.

About WPK

Westlandse Plantenkwekerij (WPK) is a specialist in growing vegetables for professional greenhouse horticulture in Europe. WPK was established in the 1930s and currently has four cultivation facilities: two in ‘s-Gravenzande (South Holland) and two in Made (North Brabant). WPK makes the world a little greener by growing vegetable plants (such as tomato, pepper, and cucumber), tray plants, and potted flowering plants.

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