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The optimal

growing formula

BrightBox Research Center,


Collaborating in the search for the optimal growing formula.
BrightBox Research Center

This state-of-the art
cultivation system

is the perfect learning environment for growers of the future."


- Frans van Leijden, HAS University of Applied Sciences

BrightBox City Farming
BrightBox City Farming

The challenge


Researchers predict that by 2050 as much as 70% more food will be needed. This can only be achieved with new, efficient and sustainable production methods that do not involve chemical pesticides. We can make a significant contribution by combining green fingers with high-tech solutions.

BrightBox City Farming

The right lighting


The BrightBox Research Center makes high-tech research in the field of knowledge and implementation of daylight-free multi-layer cultivation systems affordable for a broad target group. “For many parties it is still unclear what effect daylight-free cultivation has on their crops. With BrightBox we are making representative research on a practical scale accessible to everyone at an affordable price,” says Roel Janssen, Project Manager City Farming at Philips.

BrightBox consists of climate chambers for research and production. Two cells, each with a surface area of 46 m2, have been specially fitted out for research. Janssen says: “We can set the light above each table independently. This makes it possible to test 24 cultivation formulas at a time.” The light configuration makes it possible for the entire spectrum to be tested.


In addition, one climate chamber with a surface area of 192 m2 is set aside purely for production. Here the emphasis is on being able to demonstrate the financial viability of a specific crop on the basis of the ideal growing formula. BrightBox also performs the business-economic analyses that accompany these cultivation systems.

BrightBox is training the growers of the future and providing training courses on how to manage a vertical farm. “BrightBox is a perfect way to speed up this worldwide innovation.” Peter Korsten, Director of Botany.

Philips GreenPower LED prodution module

Philips GreenPower LED prodution module


The production module is developed for multilayer cultivation in conditioned environments with little or no daylight.

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