Ferme d’Hiver designed a water‑cooled light‑emitting diode (LED) light and integrated it into the climate control system. This one‑of‑a‑kind technology has many advantages: it regulates temperature and humidity in a confined space and recovers the heat generated by lighting to heat adjacent spaces such as greenhouses, which are used to produce fruits and vegetables. In this way, Ferme d’Hiver makes particularly interesting efficiency gains.
The energy transferred from the Ferme d’Hiver to the greenhouse helps decrease the use of fossil fuels through the use of clean energy, thereby helping to reduce GHGs by 80%. Also, sharing the consumed energy with an adjacent structure generates higher returns, which stimulates the off-season, local production of fruits and vegetables.
Hydropower: Clean energy for off-season production
Access to clean, affordable energy allows Ferme d’Hiver to ensure the profitability of its controlled production. The energy consumed per kilo produced is 30% less than that of a traditional greenhouse. So much more is produced with less energy, making the use of clean, renewable energy all the more advantageous.