On the heels of a number of know-how growth milestones and just lately granted patents, new funding from NASA will speed up the scale-up of UbiGro® quantum dot know-how for greenhouse roofing. Courtesy UbiQD
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UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based superior supplies firm, introduced immediately that it was just lately awarded a brand new small enterprise contract by NASA, the US Nationwide Aeronautics and House Administration, for optimization and scale up of extruded UbiGro greenhouse movies for reinforcing crop yield in each area and terrestrial functions. The brand new NASA contract leverages matching funds that had been offered by personal traders. Moreover, the US Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) has granted the corporate a key patent on its greenhouse know-how.
“Our UbiGro Interior product, which installs below the roof, has been fashionable with growers having proven nice productiveness enhancements, and now our workforce is worked up to roll out a full-cover product, known as UbiGro Cowl,” mentioned Matt Bergren, Chief Product Officer at UbiQD. “The progress that we’re making on extruded movies is enabling a complete new class of merchandise for the managed atmosphere agriculture business.”
UbiGro Cowl makes use of a novel quantum dot (QD) polymer system developed by UbiQD that led to a number of orders of magnitude improved fluorescence daylight sturdiness. Traditionally, nanomaterials have struggled to outlive the excessive temperatures wanted for twin-screw compounding and blown movie extrusion. These QD movies preserve excessive light-conversion effectivity exceeding 90% over 1000’s of hours of accelerated getting old. Plant trials are underway, and the advantages are anticipated to be nearly as good or higher than these seen with UbiGro Interior. The work builds on earlier NASA funding, and might also profit different functions, together with photo voltaic.
How UbiGro Works
UbiGro greenhouse movies convert a portion of the UV and blue photons from the solar’s mild into elevated crimson photons to enhance crop photosynthesis. The movie has been deployed worldwide in over 100 trials in 30+ greenhouses, the place growers produce numerous crop sorts, from vegetative to fruit and flowers. The brand new UbiGro greenhouse movies, Interior-625 and Interior-650, work higher for particular light-level circumstances and goal higher particular person crop sorts. The quantity in every movie product identify corresponds to the colour of every movie, based mostly on the seen mild spectrum.
Moreover, UbiQD patent utility US16/612,344 by Bergren et al and titled, “Luminescent optical components for agricultural functions” (Could 2017 precedence date) has been allowed by the USPTO. A lot of different world patent functions on this discipline are pending for UbiQD.
“We’re grateful to have the continued help of NASA and traders, significantly at a time when our patent portfolio is increasing and the business is urgently needing vitality effectivity,” mentioned Hunter McDaniel, UbiQD Founder and CEO. “Growers have been asking for UbiGro Cowl, and we’re excited to ship.”
About UbiQD, Inc. and UbiGro
UbiQD is a sophisticated supplies firm powering product improvements in agriculture, clear vitality, and safety. Our quantum dots allow business leaders to harness the facility of sunshine. Our first product, UbiGro®, is a layer of sunshine that makes use of fluorescence to create a extra optimum greenhouse spectrum for crops. Headquartered in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the corporate is licensing know-how developed at main analysis establishments, together with Los Alamos Nationwide Laboratory and MIT. To be taught extra, please go to: http://www.ubiqd.com and http://www.ubigro.com.