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Institute Seeks Experts to Advise on Controlled Environment Agriculture Methods

Oct. 1, 2021
Input by HVAC engineering, controls, and mechanical professionals is included in the request from Resource Innovation Institute.

Portland, Ore. (September 22, 2021)-- Resource Innovation Institute (RII), is currently recruiting for the following Technical Advisory Council working groups to support its USDA project titled Data-Driven Market Transformation for Efficient, Sustainable Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). RII is a non-profit organization whose mission is to measure, verify and celebrate the world’s most efficient agricultural ideas. RII’s Technical Advisory Council is the leading multidisciplinary body aggregating knowledge to support producers and other stakeholders with objective and peer-reviewed data and curriculum on CEA resource efficiency and productivity.  

Working group members will advise on the development of CEA Best Practices Guides that will be distributed by USDA, thereby providing recognition for contributing organizations.

  • Facility Design & Construction - Architecture, Construction (mechanical and electrical contractors, equipment distributors, controls contractors), Engineering (mechanical and electrical, lighting designers), Manufacturing (greenhouse, HVAC, lighting controls), Energy supply (electric, gas microgrid, renewables, back-up, battery storge, energy as a service), Commissioning (mechanical, envelope), Design Review Boards, Cultivation. 

  • Lighting - Engineering, Manufacturing, Cultivation, Controls & Automation, Research. 

  • HVAC - Engineering, Manufacturing, Cultivation, Controls & Automation, Research.

  • Irrigation & Water Reuse - Engineering, Manufacturing, Controls & Automation, Research.

Market actors are welcome to join global category leaders like Grodan, Fluence, Priva, Schneider Electric, Svensson, Signify and others in bringing peer-reviewed guidance on resource efficient cultivation practices to CEA producers.  

Participants will be expected to:

  • Commit to 4-8 well-facilitated, enjoyable one-hour meetings over a compressed period of roughly 3-4 months + ~2 hours of peer review on their own time

  • Willing to provide required matching funds.

For more information on the Technical Advisory Council Working Groups, please visit: THIS LINK

Qualified parties are encouraged to express interest by Oct. 11 to Hamza Bahri, Communications & Community Manager, at [email protected]. Please include qualifications, references and relevant project information.