UbiQD launched its retrofit greenhouse film product called UbiGro on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.
Greenhouse Technology Engineer Damon Hebert checks on a tomato study grown under UbiGro films at the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) greenhouse in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.
- The company has garnered EPA approval to manufacture its first commercial product, a luminescent film called UbiGro that improves crop quality and yield
UbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has launched its first commercial quantum dot (QD)-containing product, the UbiGro™ greenhouse film.
“We developed a safer, cheaper, more reliable quantum dot technology and are applying it in greenhouse films in order to red-shift the sun’s spectrum year-round, regardless of location,” said Dr. Matt Bergren, Chief of Product at UbiQD. “In our successful commercial pilot program, these films have demonstrated boosts in crop yields in excess of 10% for various plants, improvements in crop quality, and grower feedback has been positive.”
The first-ever product of its kind, UbiGro is a retrofit luminescent film that hangs over crops and can be quickly installed and tested in a portion of an existing greenhouse. The film is currently installed in five commercial greenhouses across New Mexico, Oregon and Colorado.
Crops grown beneath UbiGro films have demonstrated improved crop yields, faster growth rates, and improved crop quality. Photo credit UbiQD, Inc.
Bergren explained that while almost every aspect of greenhouse agriculture is optimized and controlled precisely, sunlight can vary in color and intensity depending on the season and climate. Today, the only way to control the light spectrum in a greenhouse is with expensive supplemental lighting. The UbiGro film contains safe, copper-based quantum dots that tailor the spectrum of sunlight for optimized crop growth by converting portions of ultraviolet, blue, and green sunlight into an orange glow above the plants. This November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted UbiQD approval to start large-scale commercial production of its dots.
Chief of Product Matt Bergren tending to cucumbers grown under films at the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) greenhouse. Photo credit UbiQD, Inc.
“The EPA-approval of our pre-manufacturing notice puts us into an elite group of nanotechnology companies approved to go beyond R&D production into commercial supply,” UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel said. “We are excited to be enhancing both the environmental and economic sustainability of the greenhouse industry, working with growers throughout the world to facilitate the most efficient greenhouse environments.”
UbiGro retrofit films are fitted with grommets every two feet to maximize customization in greenhouses. Photo credit UbiQD, Inc.
For more information about the UbiGro greenhouse films, visit www.UbiGro.com.
About UbiQD, Inc.
UbiQD is a nanotechnology company based in Los Alamos, New Mexico that manufactures high-performance, cadmium-free quantum dots and composite materials. The company uniquely focuses on applications that utilize its nanomaterials to manipulate sunlight, enabling solar windows and spectrum-controlled greenhouses. Spun out of technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, and Western Washington University, UbiQD envisions a future where quantum dots are ubiquitous in a wide spectrum of applications. For more information visit UbiQD.com or UbiQD.shop.