Innovator Spotlight: Franklin BioScience
Las Vegas, Nevada
Like many cannabis cultivators, historically Franklin BioScience has had success growing under high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps. However, after being awarded a cultivation license in Las Vegas, Nevada, Franklin BioScience started to explore other cultivation practices and lighting technologies to address cultivation challenges unique to Las Vegas. Prime real estate in Las Vegas is limited and expensive, and with unbearably hot temperatures, it is costly (and sometimes impossible) to maintain optimal climate control for indoor growing. Franklin launched a research trial in its Denver facility to evaluate several different vendors in the LED space, Fluence and two others. “We ran a controlled study across multiple harvests comparing HPS with LED lights side-by-side, and Fluence outperformed the others significantly,” said Farudi.
After the trial, Franklin BioScience worked with the Fluence team to design their Las Vegas facility. The vision was to transform both the propagation/vegetative and flower space into a state-of-the-art vertical farm, building upon the method proven successful in their Denver research lab. Their new vertical farm deploys Fluence SPYDRx PLUS on the bottom layer and Fluence VYPRx PLUS on the top layer of rolling-rack systems from Greenhaus Industries in flower, and Fluence SPYDRx and Fluence RAZRx in vegetative. The rolling rack systems outweigh traditional tables by decreasing the amount of static aisles, and the vertical racks increase cultivation real estate/canopy square footage in each room by 2-3x. The rolling racks also enable the cultivation team to move in and out of the canopy space with ease. The unique cohesive partnership between the Fluence lighting systems and the rolling racks allowed Franklin BioScience to more than double their production in the same real estate square footage as compared to traditional HPS grow techniques.
Franklin BioScience has proven the value in researching and deploying an array of innovative cultivation techniques and technologies, including Fluence lighting solutions. By maximizing their real estate, increasing their light intensity and increasing their energy efficiency, Franklin BioScience has achieved their goals across the board with an increase in yield and potency, and a decrease in overall energy costs.