Impressive vertical farming project
Recently a message was published in the newsletter of ”topsector Tuinbouw & Uitgangsmaterialen”. Part of this newsletter is devoted to the Greencube 2.0 project. Induct B.V. is closely involved in this project and that is why we publish this message on our website as well.
In vertical farming, crops are sometimes grown at a height of about twenty meters, which can cause large differences in the climate. Our company, together with Logiqs B.V. and Luminaid received a subsidy of € 268,086 for an MIT R&D collaboration project to develop an integrated solution for vertical farming in which light, climate and internal transport come together.
Jeffry van Noord and Ruud Tijs from Logiqs: “We want to develop a modular system with an adjustable microclimate per cultivation container, whereby light, nutrition, watering, carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity can be controlled per cultivation unit, precisely adjusted to the growth phase of a crop.”
The cultivation tables can be moved from top to bottom by an internal transport system. Smart sensors and cameras monitor the plants closely and ensure the optimal growing conditions for each cultivation table. With this system, vertical farming can also be used for fruit-bearing crops, food and ornamental crops, according to Jeffry. “Harvesting is a lot easier with the Greencube 2.0 because of the movable tables. The plants come to you. ”
The microclimate cultivation unit has now been tested at Botany in Venlo and the results are promising. “The system works: we see that the harvest per square meter of cultivation area is increasing. The total energy consumption decreases because the lighting is an integral part of the climate control. We see many more useful appliances that we can add to this system, but our first step is to look at the demand in the market. ”