University of California - Davis
James Thompson; Kurt Kornbluth
Among the most promising disruptive technologies for application to horticulture are those that address the uses of energy in the production, marketing, and processing of horticultural crops. This project proposes to test a range of sustainable energy solutions, and to deploy the most promising at Horticulture CRSP’s Regional Centers of Innovation.
As part of a larger capacity-building effort, this project will integrate activities at the Horticulture CRSP Regional Centers of Innovation in Thailand and Kenya into ongoing work at the UC Davis D-Lab. UC Davis D-Lab faculty mentors and graduate student teams will collaborate with the Regional Centers of Innovation partners through a structured approach for performing feasibility studies, technical and market assessments, and design development on innovative horticulture-focused energy technologies. Through this process, the centers will gain new methods for evaluating and developing horticulture innovations, better enabling them to attract investment and initiate dissemination of these technologies.