(PRWEB) January 26, 2015 -- A London based producer of leafy greens has selected Valoya’s LED lights for the initial phase of its multi-layer, underground production facility. Growing Underground will start production of leafy greens, such as lettuce, cress, herbs and a variety of micro-greens 33 meters under South London. The production space is located in a disused air-raid shelter in Clapham North.
The plants are grown hydroponically in a system of shelves stacked on top of each other utilizing LED light in the absence of natural light. Growing Underground required the light to be energy efficient and to drive the natural features and taste of their produce. After extensive testing, Growing Underground selected Valoya’s LEDs, as they proved to provide best overall performance across a variety of plants.
“The light by Valoya, proved very efficient in driving growth of our micro and leafy greens, as well as in leafy biomass, taste and visual appearance. We have gained significant experience of different lights over the past two years and have selected Valoya for their versatility in our initial phase”, says Richard Ballard, co-founder and CEO of Growing Underground.
Lars Aikala, CEO of Valoya comments: “This is a milestone in the history of both vertical and urban growing. Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, the founders of Growing Underground are realizing a vision many have had but so far have been unable to put into action. We are very happy and honored to be chosen for this exciting business.”
About Growing Underground:
We pride ourselves on being a carbon neutral company – our hydroponics system uses 70% less water than traditional open-field farming, and because all the nutrients are kept within the closed-loop system we run no risk of contributing to agricultural run-off.
Richard Ballard, Co-founder and CEO: tel. +44 (0)7789 120837
About Valoya Oy
Valoya is a provider of energy efficient LED grow lights for professional use. Valoya LED -lights have been developed using Valoya's proprietary LED technology and extensive plant photobiology research. Valoya's customer base includes numerous greenhouses and research institutions all over the world.
Lars Aikala, CEO Valoya Oy: tel: +358 (0)40 546 6639
Lars Aikala, Valoya Oy, http://www.valoya.com, +358 102350300, [email protected]
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