The story of RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting, where innovation is key
In the following interview, ESSMA gained insights from Horst Theisen, CEO at RHENAC GreenTec, about the RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system, which manages to align the technical advantages of LED technology with the essential requirements for healthy grass growth.
The RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system aligns the technical advantages of LED technology with the essential requirements for healthy grass growth. Light plays a different role in every stage of the lifecycle, from germination to growing and maintaining the grass. Moreover, LED technology is known for consuming only a fraction of the energy conventional systems require when attributing to the grass growth.
Theisen, from concept to reality: what were the different research steps that went into creating the RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system?
The first step in designing our system was understanding the pitch itself in terms of climate, wind conditions, the light spectrum and the optimal pitch temperature. After 5-6 years of pitch research, we learned and concluded that there are several quality markers to take into consideration. The next step in the process was putting all that data and information in to our product development process, with the RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system being the end result.
What makes the RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system unique?
What is the purpose of the different LED lighting colours of the RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system?
Why should clubs and stadiums consider using the RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system?
The RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system is adaptable in terms of spectrum and heating. The availability of the daylight spectre with the least amount of heat radiation is a decisive advantage compared with conventional systems. Furthermore, the LED technology is known for consuming less energy resulting in cost savings and contributing to the environment in the long run. The red LEDs ensure a healthy grass growth, while the blue LEDs deliver grass density.
Can you tell us more about the installation at 1. FC Köln and the club’s feedback?
1. FC Köln implemented six mobile rigs, in the winter period of the 2016/17 season at their training centre and are planning to upgrade to a larger RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system.
An ESSMA delegation took part in an experience tour of FC Köln’s Franz-Kremer-Stadium late last year, during which they interviewed Jürgen Zielonka, Head Groundsman of 1. FC Köln Geissbockheim, including the Franz-Kremer-Stadion, about the RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system and the UVC pitch decontamination product:
In addition to the 1. FC Köln project, RSE-RHENAC is working together with FC Schalke 04. Can you tell us which system is being implemented at Schalke 04?
We are deploying a fully automatic pitch system at Schalke 04 with a fixed structure that includes lighting, sprinkler system, IR heating and measuring devices. The system is adaptable in terms of light, heat and water emission. The results of this new system will be showcased during a RSE-RHENAC event in May 2018.
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