Fluence, a global leader in energy-saving LED lighting for commercial cannabis and food production, is supporting a massive expansion of pharmaceutical grade cannabis operations in Portugal.
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Fluence LEDs in action at Key Leaves in Portugal (Photo: Business Wire)
Portugal’s cannabis legislation is one of the most progressive in the world, and its licensing system is ahead of most other European countries. Portugal decriminalized the personal use of cannabis in 2001 and legalized its medical use in 2018. Since then, 20 official licenses have been issued for the production, processing, import, export of medical cannabis, or a combination of categories, and Fluence has been selected to provide coverage for more than half of them.
Key Leaves, the leader in the medical cannabis market in Portugal, is one of the 20 companies that have received a medical cannabis license from the Portuguese government. The company is focused on providing the highest quality medical cannabis products that comply with Good Agricultural and Harvest Practices and Good Distribution Practices, as well as all applicable Portuguese regulations.
The success of Key Leaves, a fully enclosed research and development facility, relies on single source lighting and has completed over 20 complete grow cycles using Fluence LED technology. Fluence LEDs have helped Key Leaves optimize production and grow light cycles, increase yields, improve uniformity and reduce energy consumption.
“To achieve our business goals with the most efficient and effective manufacturing processes, we have invested in the best technology and partnerships,” says Alessandro Radici, CEO of Key Leaves. “Fluence’s market-leading LED technology and the continued support of its R&D and horticultural teams enable us to grow crops at peak efficiency, deliver a highly standardized product, and ensure consistent supply for our customers. »
Fluence supplies LED lighting solutions to ten other licensed Portuguese medical cannabis growers, including Bathera, Curaleaf International and Clever Leaves and AceCann (under pre-licensing), as well as a number of other companies currently seeking a license. German Bathera recently started producing its own medical marijuana and decided to build an indoor grow and production site near Lisbon. There are 6,000 square meters of cultivation area and 3,000 square meters of ancillary areas under construction, such as a GMP area, six drying rooms, and a manual cutting and packaging area.
“Thanks to the wonderful Portuguese climate, outdoor cultivation is of course possible. We have done rigorous research and analysis for each building solution, and after exploring the various options, we have decided that growing indoors is the only way to guarantee consistent, quality products,” says Boris Aghababov, Founder and CEO of Bathera.
Curaleaf International is working to promote the therapeutic value of cannabis used for medical purposes in order to develop products that meet the needs of patients across Europe. The company’s commitment to accessibility, research and data-driven product improvement led it to Fluence when it needed to find a lighting partner for its operations in Portugal.
“The goal of Fluence is to help our customers become smarter and create effective economies of scale,” says Jörg Meyer-Brenken, Cannabis EMEA Senior Account Manager at Fluence. “We are driven by science, and the collaborative approach we take to provide our partners with personalized lighting solutions, knowledge and experience has proven invaluable, especially for players in emerging markets for medicinal cannabis. »
Portugal-born André Lagareiro, Fluence Portugal Dedicated Account Manager, works closely with Fluence’s Portuguese clients to help them identify the right lighting solutions to optimize site development and operations.
“Helping companies innovate and promote medical cannabis operations in the Portuguese legal environment requires a deep understanding of cannabis culture and European regulatory standards,” says Lagareiro. “The unrivaled products, experience and quality of services provided by Fluence’s in-house R&D team are the decisive factor that has led many Portuguese cannabis companies to choose Fluence as their lighting technology partner. »
For more information about Fluence, visit www.fluence.science.
Fluence Bioengineering, Inc. (Fluence) creates powerful and energy efficient LED solutions for commercial horticulture and scientific research. Fluence, the leading supplier of LED lighting to the global cannabis market, is on a mission to grow crops more efficiently for the benefit of the world’s best vertical farms and greenhouses. Fluence is headquartered in Austin, Texas and the company’s EMEA headquarters is in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Fluence operates as a business unit within Signify’s Digital Solutions division. To learn more about Fluence, visit www.fluence.science.
AceCann is a Portuguese medical cannabis company with a profitable, scalable, high quality organic growing and extraction facility near Lisbon. AceCann is focused on developing new forms of medical cannabis delivery, joining forces with local and international universities, and developing a flexible structure capable of making quick decisions in accordance with the requirements and needs of the markets.
About Key Leaves
Key Leaves is a Portuguese company established in 2015 and licensed by Infarmed to grow, import and export cannabis products. With a multinational and diverse international team, Key Leaves is proud to work with some of the most renowned medical cannabis professionals and experts.
Bathera is a vertically integrated medical cannabis company operating in Germany and Portugal. In addition to its state-of-the-art medical cannabis growing site in Portugal, Bathera operates through two independent medical cannabis wholesalers and importers in Germany.
Curaleaf International (formerly EMMAC Life Sciences Group) is Europe’s largest vertically integrated cannabis company, combining pioneering scientific and research capabilities with state-of-the-art cultivation, extraction and production technologies. With a unique supply and distribution network across Europe, Curaleaf International is committed to bringing the life-affirming potential of cannabis to the people who need it. EMMAC Life Sciences was acquired by Curaleaf Holdings in March 2021. For more information about Curaleaf International, visit www.curaleafinternational.com.
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