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that growers will be familiar with. Hyperion lighting can help growers improve their yields while cutting operational costs, thanks to 40 per cent lower power consumption, reduced maintenance requirements and significantly longer lifespans.

What do the next 12 months hold for Plessey?

ranging from micron-sized (for micro- displays) to super-sized LEDs.

Since Plessey’s relaunch, what’s been your most successful product?

Our Orion modules have been a big hit and won multiple awards. It’s a product line that showcases our GaN-on-silicon tech, primarily for directional lighting, where Orion’s slimline form factor differentiates it from the chip-on-board (COB) solutions that are currently available. The COB approach has intrinsic problems with heat dissipation, which Orion overcomes. And because Orion modules are not constrained by big heatsinks or reflectors, you end up with a luminaire fixture that’s just a few centimetres thick. If you go for a competitor offering, you’re looking at 15 cm or more. This smaller size unleashes

new opportunities for architects – or indeed anyone designing or installing lighting. One of the other attractions of Orion is that it cuts the cost of a typical downlight by over 50 per cent.

Plessey’s new Hyperion high- power LED product range is aimed at horticulture – tell us about the benefits for growers using them.

We are seeing increasing numbers of crops being grown in greenhouses across the North of Europe, including in the UK. For retailers, greenhouse cultivation means they can sell what would otherwise be seasonal produce throughout the year, while still sourcing it locally. This type of greenhouse typically uses inefficient, high- pressure sodium lighting. Plessey’s unique Hyperion products offer a direct equivalent to the 600W or 1000W sodium lamps

We are focusing on scaling up production to meet the demand being forecast. To achieve this, we are planning to invest a further £60 million, part of which will cover the move to eight-inch silicon wafer production. Doing so will enable us to almost double the number of LED dies we can make per wafer, for about the same

cost. Consequently, we will be able to achieve the economies of scale that are common in the semiconductor industry and boost our competitive advantage. This approach will also enable us to add more functionality to each LED die, adding things like sensors or drivers. On top of this, we will continue developing new product families and expanding existing ones, including the 7070 i2LED high-power LED lighting range. These demonstrate Plessey’s ability to apply GaN-on-silicon to large-area, elevated-output LED emitters. Already, they give you over 30 per cent better light output performance than existing solutions.

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