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17 Reasons To Use UbiGro In Your Greenhouse

Hey greenhouse growers, builders, and designers! Today’s article is all about the ‘why.’ Why use UbiGro, the industry’s only greenhouse film that utilizes quantum dots to shift the color of sunlight? Understanding these reasons can positively impact the profitability, efficiency, sustainability of your greenhouse operations, enhance plant growth, increase crop yield enhancement, and offer sustainable farming solutions.

17 Reasons To Use UbiGro In Your Greenhouse

1. Optimize Sunlight

The UbiGro greenhouse film optimizes your sunlight with red-shifting quantum dots that are efficient in manipulating colors of light. Read more about the benefits of red-shifting sunlight for crop growth in our White Paper.

2. Make Use Of Underutilized Colors Of Sunlight

Blue light makes up about 30% of sunlight, but that’s more than is needed for most crops. UV light does not contribute to photosynthesis at all. So, passively red-shifting these underutilized portions of sunlight improves the solar spectrum’s efficiency when driving crop yields.

3. Boost Crop Yields

By increasing photosynthetic efficiency and radiation capture, the application of UbiGro results in heavier crops for the same sunlight exposure. Check out our Case Studies for specific examples of these yield enhancements.

17 Reasons To Use UbiGro In Your Greenhouse

4. Hasten Crop Cycle Times With Faster Growth Rates

Sometimes yield isn’t the driving metric for a grower; cycle time is the motivating metric, especially for crops such as ornamentals, potted plants, herbs, and leafy greens. UbiGro has shown faster and fuller flowering in floriculture and a faster time to maturity in leafy greens.

5. Evenly Distribute Light By Diffusion

A secondary benefit of UbiGro is the light diffusion it applies to the incoming sunlight, spreading light evenly throughout the canopy, leading to better light penetration and full-canopy production.

17 Reasons To Use UbiGro In Your Greenhouse

6. Improve Revenues And Profits

Harvesting larger yields or harvesting more frequently while using the same amount of electricity significantly impacts profitability. Payback times for UbiGro are in the 1-2 year range for high-value veggies and in the 1-2 harvest (3-6 month) range for cannabis.

7. Increase Average Gross Margin

An increase in production with little to no extra operational expense means that production costs are spread over more crop production units, effectively increasing the average gross margin of the greenhouse.

8. Reduce Waste

By eliminating hot spots in the greenhouse and giving plants a tailored spectrum, some of our pilot trials have shown that the red-shifted and diffuse glow of UbiGro has resulted in reduced waste. For example, in tomatoes, we’ve seen a lower frequency of skin splitting; in cucumbers, we’ve seen fewer rejected fruits due to excess curling; and in cannabis, we’ve seen small increases in terpene and cannabinoid content.

9. Avoid Expensive Electrical Lighting

UbiGro can tailor the spectrum of light that your crops are receiving without implementing expensive lighting. This gives off-grid growers a spectrum-control option and alternatively allows on-grid growers to keep expenses down so they can thrive in today’s competitive markets.

10. Increase Sustainability

Greenhouses can become more sustainable by increasing their grams/Watt figure of merit and by using fewer fossil fuel inputs to generate larger yields. Grow more and make the best use of your one free resource – sunlight.

11. Harvest Glancing Angle Sunlight

UbiGro redirects low-angle sunlight into an overhead glow, making the best use of the sun even in the early mornings and evenings.

12. Mimic The Late Summer Sun In All Seasons

UbiGro helps greenhouse crops experience a consistent spectrum in all seasons. Many growers have noticed the similarity of UbiGro’s red-shifted spectrum to that of the late summer, a redder range that typically coincides with the best seasonal crop production.

13. Transform Sunlight Into An HPS-Like Spectrum

UbiGro’s emission centers in the amber (orange-red) region, around 600 nm. We engineered this spectrum partially because of legacy indoor growers’ success with HPS lamps, which also peak in this region and contain just a threshold amount of blue light.

17 Reasons To Use UbiGro In Your Greenhouse

14. High PAR Transmission

Compared to filters or dye films, UbiGro maintains a higher PAR intensity inside the greenhouse so that you don’t have to sacrifice quantity for quality – your plants can have both!

15. UbiGro Maintains The Green Light

While chlorophyll absorbs green light less efficiently than blue or red light, enhancing plant growth requires a spectrum that reaches deep into plant tissue and dense canopies. Green light, with its higher reflectance and lower absorptance, is crucial for driving photosynthesis effectively in these conditions, making it an essential component for crop yield enhancement. Unlike competing dye films that may alter the natural spectrum, UbiGro is designed to maintain sunlight’s green light fraction, ensuring almost no absorption in the green region of the spectrum. This approach not only supports sustainable farming solutions by preserving the quality of natural sunlight but also strategically modifies the light spectrum. By removing some UV and blue light, UbiGro increases the red/orange light fraction, which is known to boost growth rates and enhance crop yields, aligning with sustainable agricultural practices and enhancing plant growth efficiently.

16. Install Easily

Using versatile and customizable hardware, UbiGro can be customized to fit into any greenhouse type, size, shape, and façade material.

17. Maintain Low OpEx

With little to no maintenance required and a 4-6 year lifetime, you can ‘set it and forget it.’ UbiGro will passively convert sunlight for years after the initial installation.

To get started with a custom quote, contact us today [email protected].

17 Reasons To Use UbiGro In Your Greenhouse

Dr. Damon Hebert

Dr. Damon Hebert serves as Director of Agriculture Research for UbiQD, Inc., with a background in solar materials and controlled environment cannabis cultivation. He is an advocate for the use of advanced materials to further the industry’s push towards sustainable farming practices. He can be reached at [email protected].

17 Reasons To Use UbiGro In Your Greenhouse

Dr. Damon Hebert

Dr. Damon Hebert serves as Director of Agriculture Research for UbiQD, Inc., with a background in solar materials and controlled environment cannabis cultivation. He is an advocate for the use of advanced materials to further the industry’s push towards sustainable farming practices. He can be reached at [email protected].


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Hunter McDaniel CEO & Founder UbiGro

Hunter McDaniel, PhD

Founder & CEO

 Hunter earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before joining Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Chemistry Division. Ultimately the value proposition of UbiGro is about boosting crop yields and quality without the cost or energy impact of lighting. Hunter has more than fifty publications and patents, and more than 2000 total citations, h-index: 20. Hunter fundamentally believes that novel materials underpin every significant technology advancement, and he is focused on leveraging new materials to have a lasting and sustainable impact.

Meet The Team

Damon Hebert, PhD

Director of Agriculture

Damon brings a wide range of experience in agriculture, materials science, spectroscopy, and small business. During his time in Prof. Angus Rockett’s research group at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Hebert authored a doctoral thesis and multiple papers on the materials science of CIGS semiconductor materials, which is closely related to the materials developed at UbiQD. He also served as a consultant to Nanosolar, a CIGS nanocrystal solar cell manufacturing company. Hebert has industry experience having co-founded Dr. Jolly’s, a leading cultivation and distribution operation in Bend, OR.

Meet The Team

Tania Lafaille

Sales Representative

Tania is a UbiGro Sales Representative, with over 7 years of experience in product sales (specifically berries and avocados) covering all of North America and parts of South America. While in agriculture, Tania has cultivated strong relationships with growers and distributors, granting her a unique insight into both perspectives. That understanding, paired with her fierce dedication to results, drives her fun and fiery commitment to her craft. Tania is based in Gilroy, CA.

Meet The Team

Tyler Veyna

Sales Representative​

Tyler brings 15 years of experience in Greenhouse production and facility management of a wide range of crops in multiple states to the UbiGro team. Based in Salinas, California. “Being a fourth-generation farmer, I look to improve and empower the grower, and with UbiGro, we can do just that.”

Meet The Team

Jim Gideon

Sales Manager

Jim Gideon is an UbiGro Sales Manager, with over 25 years of greenhouse industry sales experience covering all of North America. Previously Jim has worked for Green Tek, Plazit-Polygal, Texel, Cherry Creek, and Nexus. He is based in Montgomery, AL, and Jim believes that “light is everything to the grower.”

Meet The Team

Eric Moody

Director of Sales

Eric Moody is UbiQD’s Director of UbiGro Sales. Eric has more than 6 years of experience in horticulture lighting industry, building relationships with greenhouse growers of all sizes and crops on optimal lighting for their growing operation, and most recently managed a North American sales team for PL Light Systems. Overall, Eric has been in sales leadership positions for more than 13 years. Eric brings with him a great understanding of the market and available technologies for growers, greenhouse facilities, and sales leadership. Reach Eric by phone at 541-490-6421 or by email at [email protected].

Meet The Team

Mike Burrows, PhD

VP of Business Development

Dr. Michael Burrows is UbiQd’s Vice President of Business Development. His educational background includes a Materials Science doctorate from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business. His career has specialized in the commercialization of novel electronic materials in venture-run programs for different industries including solar, biosensors, and the automotive industry. In both start-up and corporate environments, he has extensive experience in global market development, foraging supply chain partnerships, productization, and brand building. He is currently leading UbiQD’s partnership efforts in luminescent greenhouse technology, smart windows, and security ventures.