Osram acquires stake in plantCube developer

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

Osram has acquired a stake in Munich-based start-up agrilution. The lighting group holds a strategic minority interest in the company via its venture capital arm Fluxunit.

The start-up has developed a smart indoor growing box, plantCube, that serves as a salad, vegetable and herb garden for the home. Even users without any gardening expertise are now able to greatly increase yield due to a specially optimised LED technology and other innovations.

“Osram, with its lighting and horticultural expertise, can help to improve and enhance agrilution,” said Ulrich Eisele, head of Osram’s Fluxunit.

For horticultural applications, Osram supplies lighting solutions that can stimulate and manage plant growth and are designed for cultivating plants in greenhouses or indoor spaces. Osram’s LED technology is also used in the plantCube developed by the Munich start-up. The smart home appliance identifies the seeds that have been planted and provides an optimal growing environment by automatically regulating temperature, watering and lighting conditions. This makes it possible to grow herbs, salad and vegetables regardless of weather and climate.

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