Greenhouse, Apparatus Or Method Patents (Class 47/17)
  • Patent number: 11310976
    Abstract: Modular systems for propagating plants in at least one of a hydroponic environment and an aquaponics environment may include at least one tank configured to hold liquid. A modular drive assembly may be carried by the at least one tank. At least one propagation module may be drivingly engaged for rotation by the modular drive assembly. The at least one propagation module may be configured to support and propagate at least one plant. At least one pump may be disposed in fluid communication with the at least one tank. The at least one pump configured to pump the liquid from the at least one tank through the at least one propagation module. Modular methods for propagating plants in at least one of a hydroponic environment and an aquaponics environment are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: John Thomas Cross
  • Patent number: 11297777
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to agricultural growing apparatuses and methods. More specifically the present invention relates to a dynamic, modular, rotating apparatus, and methods related to the apparatus' use and/or function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: John H. Oberthier
  • Patent number: 11259471
    Abstract: A cover member for an in-store greenhouse is disclosed, with which radiation exiting the in-store greenhouse can be influenced or modified, so that outgoing total radiation has a white color on the Planck curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventors: Guido Angenendt, Timo Bongartz, Norbert Haas
  • Patent number: 11246266
    Abstract: An approach for controlling light exposure of a light sensitive object is described. Aspects of this approach involve using a first set of radiation sources to irradiate the object with visible radiation and infrared radiation. A second set of radiation sources spot irradiate the object in a set of locations with a target ultraviolet radiation having a range of wavelengths. Radiation sensors detect radiation reflected from the object and environment condition sensors detect conditions of the environment in which the object is located during irradiation. A controller controls irradiation of the light sensitive object by the first and second set of radiation sources according to predetermined optimal irradiation settings specified for various environmental conditions. In addition, the controller adjusts irradiation settings of the first and second set of radiation sources as a function of measurements obtained by the various sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Alexander Dobrinsky, Maxim S. Shatalov, Arthur Peter Barber, III
  • Patent number: 11199020
    Abstract: A structure that includes strut tubes that receive and hold within them a granular material—soil, sand, gravel, regolith, or plastic pellets—to which compression is applied after loading. By this means the struts are stiffened to facilitate its use as a durable shelter. The structure is erected by inflating the strut tubes with a fluid which is then displaced with the granular material before compression is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Morgan Gendel
  • Patent number: 11185017
    Abstract: A system for controlling light in a facility may include at least one rail longitudinally affixable to an inner portion of a frame of the facility between a first end and a second end of the facility and at a rail-height above a floor of the facility; and at least one opaque/reflective covering tightly and opaquely affixable to the inner portion of the facility frame at a cover-height above the facility floor in a first plane that faces the facility floor and slidably connectable to the at least one rail, the at least one opaque/reflective covering being extendable along the at least one rail between a first covering position and a second covering position to opaquely cover respective at least one longitudinal section of the facility in the first plane when in the second covering position, without substantially covering the facility walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Palram Applications (1995) Ltd.
    Inventor: Geva Katz
  • Patent number: 11129338
    Abstract: An upward, vertically extending agricultural gas distribution system is disclosed. The gas distribution system is useable for orchards, plantations, and other permanent or semi permanent crops. The gas delivery system includes a gas supply, a flexible tube, and a rigid tube. The gas supply is adapted to be disposed proximate the bottom of a plant. The flexible tube is connected to the gas supply and has a lumen for communication of gas from the gas supply. The flexible tube is adapted to be oriented vertically along the vertical length of the plant. The rigid tube is connected to the flexible tube and also has a lumen for communication of gas from the flexible tube. The rigid tube has at least one gas emitter for release of gas from the rigid tube lumen to the exterior environment. The rigid tube is adapted to be oriented vertically along the vertical length of the plant, above the flexible tube. Tree couplers, gas wands, gas flow indicators, and gas flow control valves are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Stewart E. Erickson
  • Patent number: 11083142
    Abstract: A system for growing a plant (1) in an at least partly conditioned environment includes a cultivation base (11) for receiving a culture substrate (3) with a root system (4) of the plant therein. Root temperature control elements (12) are provided which are able and adapted to impose a predetermined root temperature on the root system, and lighting elements (20,21,22) which are able and adapted to expose leaves of the plant to actinic artificial light. Leaf heating elements are also provided, which are able and adapted to impose on the leaf of the plant a leaf temperature varying from an ambient temperature. In a method for growing the plant a carbon dioxide assimilation management of a leaf system of the plant is thus influenced, and a supply of actinic light, the root temperature and the carbon dioxide assimilation management are adapted to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: PLANTLAB GROEP B.V.
    Inventors: John Van Gemert, Martinus Kers, Gerardus Johannes Jozef Maria Meeuws
  • Patent number: 11067524
    Abstract: A system for testing for contaminants in an assembly line grow pod includes a tray moving along a track arranged in an assembly line grow pod, a plurality of cells arranged on the tray and a contaminant sensor. Each cell supports seeds, plants, or both, and a selected cell includes side walls and a base that define a cavity. The contaminant sensor is arranged in the cavity of the selected cell. The contaminant sensor includes a sensing device and a control device. The sensing device directly senses a characteristic of a content present in association with the selected cell. The control device is coupled to the sensing device and operable to receive a signal from the sensing device. The control device may determine a likelihood of contamination based on the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Grow Solutions Tech LLC
    Inventor: Gary Bret Millar
  • Patent number: 11064660
    Abstract: A system can be installed in a cabinet for growing plants. The system has a divider. The divider hermetically separates a plant space of the cabinet from a control space of the cabinet. The divider has a plant side, a control side, and electro-magnetic radiation (EMR) emitters, mounted on the plant side of the divider. The EMR emitters are adapted to EMR frequencies primarily at or near visible light. There is a filtered vent in the divider. The filtered vent has an air filter, a fan for pulling air through the filtered vent, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor controls the fan and the EMR emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Craig Adams, David Orologio
  • Patent number: 11058069
    Abstract: A multilayered polymeric film for covering an agricultural structure or greenhouse is described herein, wherein the film contains adjacent layers that are capable of delamination from one another. A method of covering an agricultural structure or greenhouse with the multilayered polymeric film can comprise inserting gas between adjacent layers of the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Plastika Kritis S.A.
    Inventors: Ioannis Lempidakis, Emmanouil Lempidakis, Michail Lempidakis
  • Patent number: 10993382
    Abstract: A modular greenhouse assembly may include one or more grow containers, each having a plant space, and one or more support containers. The containers may be positioned side by side and stacked on top of each other. By properly, but easily, aligning corresponding ports in the containers, light and air can be conveyed to properly care for the plants in the plant space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Stephen Kee
  • Patent number: 10986789
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, includes computer programs encoded on a storage device, for sensor-assisted indoor gardening. In one aspect, a monitoring system is disclosed that includes a processor and a computer storage media storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include determining that a particular plant type is growing in a zone of a property, determining, based on sensor data generated by one or more sensors installed at the property, whether a current value of an environmental attribute of the zone of the property satisfies a threshold environmental value for the particular plant type, and performing, by the monitoring system, one or more operations configured to instruct a configurable device installed at the property to modify the current value of the environmental attribute of the zone of the property towards the threshold environmental value for the plant type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Aaron Lee Roberts
  • Patent number: 10955098
    Abstract: A light harvester or collector collects solar radiation from an unshaded location adjacent a growing plant. The light harvester can be either imaging (e.g., parabolic reflectors) or non-imaging (e.g., compound parabolic concentrator). The concentrated solar radiation is projected into a light transmitter that conducts the light through the plant's outer canopy and into the inner canopy to a diffuser which disperses and reradiates the light into the inner canopy. The diffused light transforms a non-productive, potentially leafless zone of the plant into a productive zone so that more fruit can be produced per volume of land surface. The system can prevent transmission of infrared into the inner canopy so that the inner canopy zone is not heated and the amount of water lost to transpiration is reduced. The system can also modify other spectral components to affect plant development and to control pests and diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: OPTI-HARVEST, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Farkas, Nicholas Booth, Nadav Ravid
  • Patent number: 10939624
    Abstract: A netting material is knitted from at least two synthetic material yarns of which one is an opaque and the other is a transparent or translucent or different opaque yarn. A knitted netting material comprises a plurality of primary yarns knitted to form a mesh construction having an arrangement of primary apertures defined by yarn intersections and yarn connecting portions between yarn intersections, and a plurality of secondary yarns crossing over the primary apertures to form secondary apertures within the primary apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NINE IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Patent number: 10918022
    Abstract: An automated plant training system and related methods are designed to train medium to tall plants to grow in a height restricted space by adjusting the plant's direction of growth through the use of phototropism. The device can physically control the plant's main stem, branches and foliage from excessive vertical growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Trella Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Aja N. Atwood, Andres Chamorro, III
  • Patent number: 10884327
    Abstract: A light source apparatus includes a plurality of light sources, a heat receiver configured to receive heat from the plurality of light sources, a cooler configured to cool the heat receiver, a first detector configured to detect a temperature near a first light source among the plurality of light sources, a second detector configured to detect a temperature near a second light source among the plurality of light sources; and a controller configured to control the cooler based on detection results of the first detector and the second detector. When the detection result of the first detector cannot be used, the controller controls the cooler based on a value of the detection result of the second detector without using the detection result of the first detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Noda
  • Patent number: 10874064
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of a grow board may include an outer member that may be engaged with an inner member such that a grow media may be positioned therebetween, secured, and/or tightened by the engagement between the inner and outer members. The outer member may have one or more slots formed therein to allow a plant to grow from the grow media through the slots, wherein the root of the plant may be positioned adjacent the inner member. The inner member may be configured with risers along the periphery and interior to provide a sufficient gap between stacked grow boards to allow for improved penetration of light and air into the seeded and stacked grow boards to aid in seed germination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: LIVING GREENS FARM, INC.
    Inventors: Dana Anderson, Raymond L. Carriere, Richard Stoner, Daniel Lagro
  • Patent number: 10849281
    Abstract: An agricultural netting material has a construction profile across the width of the netting in which one or more construction elements varies across the width of the netting, a construction element in a first region of at least 20 cm width of the netting being different to the construction element in a second region of at least 20 cm width of the netting, the construction element being one of a yarn thickness, a yarn width, a yarn transmittance, a yarn pigmentation, a yarn reflectance, a yarn absorbance, a netting aperture size, a netting construction pattern and a netting cover factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: NINE IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Patent number: 10842081
    Abstract: An approach for controlling light exposure of a light sensitive object is described. Aspects of this approach involve using a first set of radiation sources to irradiate the object with visible radiation and infrared radiation. A second set of radiation sources spot irradiate the object in a set of locations with a target ultraviolet radiation having a range of wavelengths. Radiation sensors detect radiation reflected from the object and environment condition sensors detect conditions of the environment in which the object is located during irradiation. A controller controls irradiation of the light sensitive object by the first and second set of radiation sources according to predetermined optimal irradiation settings specified for various environmental conditions. In addition, the controller adjusts irradiation settings of the first and second set of radiation sources as a function of measurements obtained by the various sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Alexander Dobrinsky, Maxim S. Shatalov, Arthur Peter Barber, III
  • Patent number: 10806100
    Abstract: An energy efficient system for a grow cabinet that maintains optimum growing conditions by reducing the heat contribution of the lighting and distributing air throughout the cabinet to maintain a set temperature uniformly. The system, using a LED lighting module with a reflective light guide plate, provides cool light uniformly to a plurality of plants in the grow cabinet, thereby reducing the amount of cooling required inside to maintain temperature. The lighting module is separate from the growing area, minimizing heat transfer to a grow chamber within the grow cabinet. The system advantageously dissipates heat through a plurality of metal components and beneficial air flow throughout the lighting module and growing chamber. The grow cabinet in the system provides precision control of the light and temperature while having a small footprint and low vertical clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Mendel Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Trtilek
  • Patent number: 10795253
    Abstract: A projection apparatus including a light source section, a projection section that projects light outputted from the light source section, and a control section that acquires captured image data produced by an imaging section, identifies a region of a projection target contained in the acquired captured image data and an image captured position of the region in the captured image data, determines a projection range over which the projection section projects light and a wavelength band of the light to be projected over the projection range based on the identified region and image captured position, and controls the projection section to cause the projection section to project light in the determined wavelength band over the determined projection range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Miyoshi, Kiichi Hirano
  • Patent number: 10785921
    Abstract: A grow light includes a plurality of cool white LEDs, a plurality of warm white LEDs, and a driver electrically coupled to the cool white LEDs and the warm white LEDs. An intensity level and spectral composition of the radiant energy emitted by the grow light may be tuned or configured by varying a ratio of the quantity of cool white LEDs to the quantity of warm white LEDs, by varying a spatial arrangement among the cool white LEDs and the warm white LEDs, or by varying a level of current provided to some or all of the cool white LEDs and the warm white LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CABATECH, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Vilgiate
  • Patent number: 10785925
    Abstract: Techniques for generating high-yield fungi production are disclosed. In one particular embodiment, the techniques may be realized as a system for generating high-yield fungi production, the system comprising at least one modular container and a growing system housed within the modular container. The growing system may include a substrate preparation system configured to accept substrate and prepare substrate for pasteurization, a pasteurization system configured to pasteurize prepared substrate received from the substrate preparation system, a draining, cooling, and packing system configured to cool and drain pasteurized prepared substrate from the pasteurization system and to pack pasteurized and cooled substrate into at least one growing container, an inoculation system configured to inoculate the pasteurized and cooled substrate, and a plurality of vertical racks coupled to a ceiling of the modular container and configured to hold the at least one growing container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FREIGHT FARMS, INC.
    Inventors: Brad McNamara, Jon Friedman
  • Patent number: 10743477
    Abstract: An irrigation method for hanging plants in a hanging plant carousel system that includes a frame and a measuring assembly. The frame is fixedly coupled to a substantially stationary structure, such as the building or a portion of a truss system supporting the carousel system. The measuring assembly includes a movable arm, a sensor and a controller. The movable arm has a contact surface with a measuring start and end point, which extends into the path of the basket hook coupled to the cable of the carousel system. The movable arm is displaceable by at least one of the basket hook or a plant pot structure coupled thereto. The sensor coupled to the movable arm and is configured to provide data from which the weight of a plant pot structure can be determined. The controller is configured to control a watering system to provide water to the plant pot structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Control Dekk
    Inventor: Leonard Logsdon
  • Patent number: 10681877
    Abstract: A plant growing system configured to facilitate the growing of plants in an indoor environment. The plant growing system includes a reservoir fluidly coupled to a plurality of plant buckets by a pipe network. The pipe network has additionally operably coupled thereto a water temperature controller, an ozonator and a controller wherein the controller is configured to transfer water from the reservoir into the plurality of plant buckets. Each of the plant buckets has a float valve operably coupled to the pipe network which function to maintain the water level inside of the plant buckets. A plant support member is configured to be superposed the plant buckets and is operable to have a plant disposed therein. A metering pump and nutrient container are further provided so as to introduced contents disposed within the nutrient container into the reservoir. The pipe network includes a plurality of air vent lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10674680
    Abstract: A fan coil apparatus for a closed greenhouse that recirculates are within the greenhouse includes a housing with an intake and an outtake further including a filter that filters recirculating air that enters the intake, cooling coils that cool the recirculating air and condense water therefrom, heating coils that heat the recirculating air, a sterilization system that kills and prevents the spread of airborne pathogens, and a fan that directs the recirculating air through the outtake outside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Horticultural Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Shane Hutto
  • Patent number: 10667472
    Abstract: A system for mixing gases affecting the growth of plants (such as carbon dioxide) with returned extracted gases, refrigerating and introducing the mixed gases (via an air-moving device) into a space containing cultivated plants, and maintaining movement the mixed gases over the plants and then away from them is provided. As the mixed gases move over the plants, the mixture interacts with the plants, gathering emitted gaseous and vapor photosynthesis products from the plants. The movement of the mixed gases, which can be assisted by additional devices, transports emitted photosynthesis products away from the plants and towards a region of the spatial volume where these can be removed for subsequent processing, reintroduction, and/or storage. Processing can include moisture capture and liquid/gas separation. In an embodiment, separated mixed gases can be re-introduced into the spatial volume by the air-moving device, and separated liquid can be provided to the plants for nutrition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Mankaew Muanchart
  • Patent number: 10624273
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a treatment temperature from a user device; positioning a tree within a treatment region of a canopy; flowing a fluid from a hot fluid generating system to the canopy; spraying the fluid from the hot fluid generating system into the treatment region of the canopy; and selectively enabling and disabling a fluid flow from the hot fluid generating system to the canopy to maintain the treatment temperature within the treatment region of the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Skavis Corporation
    Inventors: Randall James Davis, Charles Francis Noll, Jr., Tom Wallis Airhart, James Seth Niece, Brian Lee Kelley, Matthew Phillip Vogel
  • Patent number: 10602677
    Abstract: Provided is a plant growth apparatus including: an apparatus main body having a growth space configured to grow a plant therein; an illumination device configured to irradiate light to the plant; and air conditioning device configured to control the internal air of the growth space. The illumination device includes a plurality of light source units provided separately from the apparatus main body. The air conditioning device includes a plurality of air conditioners provided separately from the apparatus main body. One of the plurality of light source units and/or one of the plurality of air conditioners is/are selected and connected to the apparatus main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masato Gomi
  • Patent number: 10595473
    Abstract: Described is a reflective ground cover sheet material (1) in which longitudinally extending opposite side margins (A) of the sheet material are stronger than a longitudinally extending center section between the side margins of the material. Also described is a reflective ground cover sheet material (1) having longitudinally extending opposite side margins (A) of the sheet material of lower porosity than a longitudinally extending center section between the side margins of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NINE IP LIMITED
    Inventor: Jonathan Dallas Toye
  • Patent number: 10575473
    Abstract: A greenhouse framework (22) is assembled out of a framework material (24) such as typical pipes and the like, and the outer periphery of the greenhouse framework (22) is covered by a sheet outer surface member (30) formed from a plastic sheet; a sheet inner surface member (32) is formed on the inner side of the greenhouse framework (22) in a manner of being spaced by intervals to a certain extent from the sheet outer surface member (30) by using a heat shield sheet such that all of a floor surface (32a), a wall surface (32b), and a ceiling surface (32c) are substantially in a sealed state; and an air conditioning device (40) is installed. Thus, a desirable thermal insulation property is achieved between the inside of the greenhouse and the outside of the greenhouse, and air conditioning can be implemented with high energy efficiency. In other words, a greenhouse for plant cultivation that has a simple configuration and can be air conditioned with high energy efficiency can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: The University of Tokyo, Plants Laboratory Inc.
    Inventors: Saneyuki Kawabata, Atsuyuki Yukawa, Shinji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10551005
    Abstract: An inflatable structure for gas storage includes an inner bladder containing a gas for storage and an outer wall spaced from the inner bladder. An intermediate space between the bladder and the outer wall is pressurized with a gas (such as air) other than the storage gas so that the structure is protected from environmental conditions such as wind and snow loading. The bladder and outer wall may be flexible fabric membranes and may be provided with lightweight support frames. The structures may be combined in a network of like structures for large scale storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Waldemar Ptaszek
  • Patent number: 10524426
    Abstract: A method of stimulating plant growth in a controlled environment that includes providing a lighting assembly having a network of lighting elements such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) that provide light at a color tailored for an individual plant. The lighting assembly is positioned adjacent a plant such that the light produced is received by the plant. The lighting assembly additionally has a control assembly that includes driving circuitry that modulates the lighting elements to controllably provide predetermined periods of light and dark to stimulate continuous growth of the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Zdenko Grajcar
  • Patent number: 10519901
    Abstract: An Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Valve is disclosed including a housing having a first side configured to be coupled with a fresh air inlet, a second side configured to be coupled with an outlet, and an exhaust-gas inlet defined at a bottom of the housing. The housing may include one or more inner surfaces defining at least one path to direct a condensate, when present at any point on a bottom surface of an inside of the housing, to a low point within the housing directed by gravity. The outlet may be configured to be fluidically coupled with a turbo compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Kuske, Franz Arnd Sommerhoff, Joerg Kemmerling, Hanno Friederichs, Vanco Smiljanovski, Helmut Matthias Kindl, Daniel Roettger, Christian Winge Vigild
  • Patent number: 10477783
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the environment controlled multi span structured greenhouses equipped with the modules Z1 to Z7 and plurality of sensors. Z1 comprises a capture manifold, a compressor, tanks T1, T2, Ta, and a release manifold, Z2 comprises an earth tube heat exchanger for very low cost heating and cooling of greenhouses in respective cold and hot locations, substantially reducing fossil fuel use, Z3 maintains greenhouse air relative humidity at a defined set point, Z4 harnesses bio-thermal energy, Z5 reduces global warming by preventing greenhouse carbon dioxide from being released into atmospheres, Z6 uses activated nutrients solutions substantially reducing input cost in drip and foliar dozing, Z7 comprises a film fixed to the greenhouse roof and to the four external sides' and automated 0 to 100% roll on and roll off thermal shading curtains wherein the greenhouse does not comprise gutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Sat Parkash Gupta
  • Patent number: 10477780
    Abstract: A multiple cell horticulture propagation tray arranged in rows of star-shaped cells forming a substantially rectangular shaped tray having the cells formed therein, combined with inserted cylindrically shaped growing media plugs comprising primarily of peat moss with an amount of biochar, and enveloped to retain moisture within the growing media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HGCI, Inc.
    Inventor: Rod Davis
  • Patent number: 10455777
    Abstract: The environmentally-controlled security enclosure for plant material is adapted for use with a plant. The environmentally-controlled security enclosure for plant material is an environmentally-controlled space within which a plant may be grown, stored, and secured. The environmentally-controlled security enclosure for plant material comprises an inner housing, an environmental system, an internal frame, an outer frame, and a control system. The plant is maintained within the inner housing. The environmental system controls the environmental conditions within the inner housing. The internal frame is a framework upon which the inner housing, the environmental system, and the control system are mounted. The outer frame is an exterior shell within which the internal frame, the inner housing, the environmental system and the control system are contained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Deman Dennison
  • Patent number: 10448582
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for agriculture field clustering and ecological forecasting. The present application provides a method and system for agriculture field clustering and ecological forecasting based on the clustered agriculture fields, comprises capturing an absolute ground data representing a plurality of field measurements of the agriculture fields; capturing a plurality of weather conditions of the agriculture fields; generating a feature set comprising of said absolute ground data and weather data of the agriculture fields; adaptively clustering the plurality of agriculture fields based on the feature set to generate a cluster; generating a generic forecasting model for ecological forecasting comprising of common features of the feature set in said cluster; selecting at least one feature out of the feature set for generating a plurality of adaptive forecasting model based for ecological forecasting and recommending control measures to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Bhushan Jagyasi, Sandika Biswas, Jayantrao Mohite
  • Patent number: 10433492
    Abstract: A method for increasing the yield of a flowering plant includes positioning a lighting device with respect to a lower minor height of the flowering plant, i.e., at a height of less than half of the plant's total height. The method includes irradiating the lower minor height of the plant with light in a predetermined range of the electromagnetic spectrum for a duration of a flowering stage of a life cycle of the flowering plant. The lighting device may be an annular clamshell design that circumscribes a stalk of the flowering plant. Such a design may be clamped to the stalk via a spring force of a pair of spring-loaded clamps. The lighting device may include a plurality of ref LEDs arranged in an arcuate manner. At least 80 percent of the light from the lighting device is in the predetermined range of 580 nm to 780 nm, and may be in the range of 600 nm to 700 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Sulejmani Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Memet Sulejmani
  • Patent number: 10390496
    Abstract: A system for regulating the supply of conditioned gases to an environmentally controlled enclosure. A greenhouse or warehouse in which plants are grown are supplied with gases having a controlled absolute humidity, temperature, and carbon dioxide content. The properties of exhaust gas from the environmentally controlled enclosure are measured, and the mass of bone dry gas provided, the absolute humidity, temperature, and carbon dioxide content in the enclosure are maintained, and the transpiration rate of plants in the enclosure is measured by comparing properties of conditioned gas at the inlet with exhaust gas exhausted from the enclosure, in order to enhance transpiration of the plants in the enclosure, to allow the grower to maximize growth or other selected properties of the plants under cultivation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: William D Carson
  • Patent number: 10383287
    Abstract: A vertical planter for growing plants includes a frame, a plurality of support planes each having a support surface for supporting at least one plant, wherein the plurality support planes are supported by the frame and a nutrient supply system including a nutrient distribution feature for delivering liquid nutrient to the support surface of a uppermost support plane, a nutrient conducting arrangement for conducting liquid nutrient from the uppermost support plane to a lowermost support plane via the support surface of intermediate support planes, and nutrient receiving feature for receiving liquid nutrient from the support surface of the lowermost support plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: 3GREN OY
    Inventors: Tuukka Kingelin, Markus Nilsson
  • Patent number: 10330353
    Abstract: Cold storage unit apparatuses designed for high energy efficiency are provided, which may include: a refrigeration system; a box enclosing an interior space, the box formed by a plurality of insulated sides; an entry into the interior space including a plurality of openable barriers facilitating preventing entry of heat or moisture into the interior space; and a power system connected to the refrigeration system, the power system facilitating independent operation of the refrigeration system when not connected to a power grid, and further facilitating a net energy use of zero from a power grid when connected to a power grid. Cold storage units may further include systems for using the refrigerant of the refrigeration system to defrost one or more components of the cold storage unit, and for using the refrigerant to facilitate maintaining a desired internal temperature of the interior space of the cold storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ZEROENERGY BUILDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: K. George Keleshian, Suresh Krishnaji Bhate
  • Patent number: 10292340
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system for illuminating plants in an indoor site, comprising a plurality of illumination units for emitting light in intermittent pulses; a central unit connected to the plurality of illumination units for synchronizing the operation of the plurality of illumination units, such that two or more plants clusters receive light in intermittent pulses emitted in the same time. The illumination units may contain wireless communication units and are synchronized wirelessly. The present invention also discloses adjusting an illumination plan of plants according to information of various types from a central server and adjusting the height of the illumination units accordingly. The system adjusts illumination plans according to information received from one or more sites, and predicts problematic situations from a series of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FLORA FOTONICA LTD.
    Inventor: Gennadiy Berinsky
  • Patent number: 10285337
    Abstract: The present invention is a compact plant enclosure intended for use in locations with peripheral space restrictions. The top and one side of the enclosure form a continuous curved face which consists of multiple translucent flexible access panels that can be slid along guide channels incorporated into the sides of the curved frame components on either side of the flexible panels. The guide channels and flexible panel edges may incorporate retention features that limit the lateral movement of the flexible access panels. The opposing wall may include a single translucent vertical panel or multiple vertical access panels. The remaining two vertical sides of the plant enclosure each consist of a fixed, translucent rigid panel. In another embodiment of the present invention, multiple distinct intermediate segments of the enclosure are defined by interstitial curved and vertical frame components supporting adjacent sets of flexible access and opposing vertical panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher Garrison Wark
  • Patent number: 10278337
    Abstract: A greenhouse is disclosed that generally comprises an enclosed growing section with an enclosed end gable adjacent to the growing section. The end gable is arranged to flow air into the growing section. Air distribution tubes are included within the growing section with the tubes arranged to provide for substantially uniform air flow into the growing section. The air tubes can also be arranged to compensate for heat differential between the air in the tubes and in the growing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GLASS INVESTMENTS PROJECTS, INC.
    Inventor: Casey Houweling
  • Patent number: 10278338
    Abstract: A greenhouse is disclosed that generally comprises an enclosed growing section with an enclosed end gable adjacent to the growing section. The end gable is arranged to flow air into the growing section. Air distribution tubes are included within the growing section with the tubes arranged to provide for substantially uniform air flow into the growing section. The air tubes can also be arranged to compensate for heat differential between the air in the tubes and in the growing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GLASS INVESTMENTS PROJECTS, INC.
    Inventor: Casey Houweling
  • Patent number: 10219446
    Abstract: A plant growing apparatus including a chamber for growing plants. The chamber includes a base for receiving the plants, a lid movably mounted in relation to the base having an outer face and an opposite inner face, and a collapsible screen having an inner surface and being mounted between the base and the lid for closing the chamber. The collapsible screen is operable between an extended configuration and a collapsed configuration. The collapsible screen is configured to collapse upon approaching the lid towards the base and to extend, upon distancing the lid away from the base. The plant growing apparatus also includes a horticultural lamp mounted on the inner face of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Carl Paquette
  • Patent number: 10206336
    Abstract: A greenhouse having glass panels that is designed to capture and retain warmth in the colder months may be totally unsuitable for use in the warmer months as the conditions inside may be too hot. And conversely, for a structure designed to keep plants cooler during hot weather. This invention provides a building or structure that can easily be modified to provide improved growing conditions for plants in a range of seasons. This is made possible by a construction that facilitates easy removal and replacement of the major panels of the building, for example glass panels can quickly be replaced with shade panels when the seasons change from cold to hot. The top rails of the structure include a removal section providing access to remove both side wall panels and roofing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: John Martin Herrick
  • Patent number: 10172294
    Abstract: A plant-cultivating method is provided which comprises a red light irradiation step (A) and a blue light irradiation step (B), wherein the step (A) and the step (B) are independently carried out for a predetermined period of time under cultivation conditions such that the concentration of carbon dioxide in a cultivation atmosphere at the step (B) is higher than that at the step (A). Preferably the concentrations of carbon dioxide at the step (B) and the step (A) are 1000-2500 ppm and 700-1500 ppm, respectively. The concentration of carbon dioxide at the step (B) is preferably at least 200 ppm higher than that at the step (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SHOWA DENKO K.K.
    Inventor: Ryouichi Takeuchi