Largest LED Vegetable Growing Factory in the World Opened in Japan in 2014

After the Great Earthquake that Japan experienced in 2011, it has repurposed a Sony Corporation semiconductor factory located in the northeast region’s Miyagi Prefecture and turned it into the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs. General Electric reports that they developed the LED fixtures which emit light at wavelengths optimal for plant growth used in the indoor farm.

Another company involved in the project, Mirai Co., based in Tokyo, runs vegetable growing factories. This new growing indoor plant operation is on about 2,300 square meters of land and is able to produce 10,000 heads of lettuce plus other vegetables per day. The produce will be sold to local supermarkets.

The hope is to build more factories similar to this one in other parts of Japan. The LED lights reduce electricity consumption by 40 percent as compared to fluorescent lighting and can use spectrum specific light for optimal growing of the vegetables.

The combined venture further intends to export produce to other nations as well as export the entire growing factory set ups and technology. They have already received requests to do so.

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This Week in Global Agriculture: 6 Photos

A worker picks peaches from a tree during a harvest at the Dry Creek Peach & Produce farm in Healdsburg, California, U.S., on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Scientists at the University of California are trying to decrease the cost of labor on peach farms by decreasing the size of trees in order to eliminate ladders, which would also cut down on worker injuries. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg.

Indian vendor Ajit grillS and sell corn cobs by the roadside in Amritsar on September 2, 2014. Ajit earns about 200 Indian rupees daily selling corn. Photo credit NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images.

Bright green corn fields line Munson Farm off Valmont Rd. in east Boulder. Landscapes are looking a bit greener than usual and creeks are running high for this time of year in many parts of the Colorado region. Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images.

Palestinian farmers clean up their damaged agricultural land which was a target for the Israel’s 51-day offensive in Khan Yunis, Gaza on September 2, 2014. Israel hit agricultural lands as part of its operations in different regions in Gaza. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

Apples in Polish fruit factory Rajpol in Wola Leczyszycka are seen on September 3, 2014. Poland, the world’s leading exporter of apples is in a pickle after Russia slapped a ban on imports of apples from this EU state after Moscow was hit by EU and US trade sactions over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Photo by JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images.

Workers pick apples during the early weeks of the annual harvest season on the Obstbau Willhalm farm near Bodensee Lake on September 1, 2014 near Lindau, Germany. The European Union has announced plans to aid apple farmers across Europe hit by falling prices due to both a bumper crop and the recent embargo by Russia on a wide range of EU imports, including apples. The area around the Bodensee is among the main fruit-growing regions in Germany. Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images.