Using remote, centralized drivers or power supplies for LED lighting in controlled environment agriculture offers lower CAPEX and OPEX and can simplify the LED fixture design over the traditional approach of having a driver mounted to each lighting fixture. It inherently delivers a level of control, but new digital technologies enhance the control and monitoring capabilities of centralized driver systems to the point where a traditional 0-10V control system (often based on an expensive PLC) may no longer be required. In this session, Nate will share Advanced Energy’s experience with more than 40 centralized driver installations and introduce the myriad control options available to growers, including the latest software innovations. Case studies and examples with validated financial models will demonstrate the financial, environmental and production yield advantages of the remote, centralized driver approach.

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