Vertical Farming: Towards a new building typology – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute

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Vertical Farming: Towards a new building typology – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Food demand will continue to grow. State of the art in detailed analysis of adequately developed new building typologies for Vertical farms indicate potentials to increase the overall energy efficiency of cities if new design parameters for the building typology have been taken into account. In addition the Vertical Farm is a promising typus for urban food supply, it drastically reduces land use – and makes the urban food system independent from hydrocarbon energy. Synergy potentials are expectable not only on an energetic, but also on an economic and social level. Food production could become part of urban daily life again. Continue reading “Vertical Farming: Towards a new building typology – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute”

Vertical home farm innovation from FIBONACCI

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Vertical home farm innovation from company Fibonacci

The company FIBONACCI enters the market of home appliances with an innovative offer – urban farms for the house.

Fibonacci is an innovative brand of urban farms that can revolutionize your understanding of healthy nutrition and plant growing. City farms Fibonacci are many years’ experience and the highest quality, reliability and confidence in the future.

As the owner of the farm Fibonacci, you become part of a special world of like-minded people. The world, which is ruled by brilliant engineering and design developments, selfless search and finding of truly environmentally friendly solutions, a choice in favor of healthy eating and thinking, enthusiasm and hard work. Thanks to all this, Fibonacci specialists have created an innovative product, the purpose of which is to provide you and your family with fresh and tasty, juicy and nutritious vegetables, berries and salads throughout the year.

The refined design of Fibonacci gives rise to aesthetic pleasure and affirms the high-tech of domestic farms. The elegance of the form, strict lines, elegant color solutions, variability of the set – all this allows to harmoniously build the Fibonacci technique into a modern interior. Noble materials of external fasing of the body and internal equipment create an atmosphere of well-being and comfort. Continue reading “Vertical home farm innovation from FIBONACCI”

Osram is showcasing LED prototype to promote healthy plant growth

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Osram is showcasing LED prototype to promote healthy plant growth

At this year’s Lightfair in Philadelphia (USA), Osram Opto Semiconductors is showcasing an LED prototype to promote healthy plant growth: the Oslon Square Hyper Red. This third-generation 2 watt LED features improved emission characteristics, higher optical output and impressive corrosion resistance, so plant lighting systems based on the Oslon Square Hyper Red can be made particularly economical.

Plants essentially need water and light in order to grow. By using light emitting diodes (LEDs) with different wavelengths, commercial growers are now able to control each individual stage of plant growth. With a wavelength of 660 nanometers (nm) the prototype of the Oslon Square Hyper Red, for example, can control the growth of blossom. Together with the deep blue (450 nm) and far red (730 nm) versions, the Oslon family from Osram Opto Semiconductors perfectly covers the entire spectrum of plant growth. Continue reading “Osram is showcasing LED prototype to promote healthy plant growth”

City Farming: Cultivation on a net – Presented by Rene van Haeff, Light4Food

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City Farming: Cultivation on a net – Presented by Rene van Haeff, Light4Food at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

The cultivation of leafy vegetables on a ‘net’, without any additives such as potting soil or rock wool mats makes the system revolutionary and unique. Hereby, the only necessities which have been used are the ‘naked’ seeds which are sown on a ‘net’. Under the ‘net’ is water where the nutrients are offered to the leafy vegetables. Furthermore, the irrigation is conducted with an ebb and flood system. With the LED lighting, the desired light spectrum and intensity for the plant will be given. This is a different approach in cultivating leafy vegetables such as Lettuce baby leaf, Lolo Rosso, and Spinach. It is also possible to grow Herbs as Basel, Arugula, Parsley and Coriander.

About Rene van Haeff
Rene van Haeff is an entrepreneur, who can set ideas into reality, looking carefully to the financial feasibility of the system. With 25 years of experience in the Mushroom growing sector, Rene van Haeff and his partners in Light4Food saw possibilities in growing vegetables in City Farms by using LED lights. Continue reading “City Farming: Cultivation on a net – Presented by Rene van Haeff, Light4Food”

A revolution in food production enabled by LED lighting – Presented by Céline NICOLE, Philips Lighting

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A revolution in food production enabled by LED lighting – Presented by Céline NICOLE, Philips Lighting at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Vertical farming technology has been introduced in Japan and in the USA for growing vegetables and soft fruits. Soon the first commercial farm in Europe will open. With a well-controlled environment, new health benefits, food safety, pesticides free, optimized nutrients and increased shelf-life can be offered to consumers. With the progress of LED lighting efficiency and the knowledge of light-plant interaction, a better quality control can now be achieved together with improved energy efficiency.  Growth strategies combining crop quality attributes (e.g. color, nutrients, shelf life) with efficient growth are key for economic viability of plant factories. Continue reading “A revolution in food production enabled by LED lighting – Presented by Céline NICOLE, Philips Lighting”

PlantLab, the Next Generation of Growing – Presented by Marcel Kers, PlantLab Group

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PlantLab, the Next Generation of Growing – Presented by Marcel Kers, PlantLab Group at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

A view of the development of ‘PlantLab’ through the last 10 years in the field of Vertical Farming and the strategy of the company in the field of Closed growing environment.

About Marcel Kers
Marcel is one of the founders of PlantLab and member of the Management Team of the company. With a focus on the plant related research with partners in all different fields. He likes to puzzle with plants and to apply there scientific, as well practical plant balance, approach to get the most out of it en transfer that into feasible applications. Continue reading “PlantLab, the Next Generation of Growing – Presented by Marcel Kers, PlantLab Group”

Textiles: key in next generation farming? – Presented by Pieter Heyse, Centexbel

Pieter Heyse

Textiles: key in next generation farming? – Presented by Pieter Heyse, Centexbel at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

While the demand for high quality, low impact food is rising; arable land close to market is declining. Novel farming techniques are implemented such as closed loop irrigation and LED lighting, though one seems to rely on traditional horticulture substrates. Water retention, quality consistency, recyclability and ecological footprint are downsides of today’s substrates and we feel the textiles may offer new solutions for next generation farming. Textile-, building-, environmental- and ornamental plants research groups in Belgium have joined forces to evaluate textile alternatives for plant substrates for green walls, but the developed materials may well be adoptable in agriculture. Continue reading “Textiles: key in next generation farming? – Presented by Pieter Heyse, Centexbel”

AgriFoodTech Platform is Media Partner of Vertical Farming Conference

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AgriFoodTech Platform is Media Partner of Vertical Farming Conference, which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About AgriFoodTech Platform
Moore’s Law is well-known amongst everyone with the slightest bit of interest in technology and technological advancement. Technology will develop and progression will be made and it will be fast. But can society cope with this pace and do new technologies actually enter the market and get adopted to really become a disruptive innovation? When combining technology with food production, one enters a domain where different laws apply. Society, e.g. the general public, has a stronger opinion about agriculture, horticulture, food processing and the retail landscape than they have on football. Therefore, having an open dialogue on AgriFoodTech is important to increase awareness and public support for these advancements. The AgriFoodTech Platform has the goal to facilitate the dialogue between society, NGO’s, business, research, education and the government. Bringing these parties together improves mutual understanding for each point of view. It can help businesses to understand the needs of society, in such that shared value is created. As a very important bycatch, these cross-overs between sectors and different organisations sparks new ideas for innovation. Continue reading “AgriFoodTech Platform is Media Partner of Vertical Farming Conference”

Japan’s Panasonic moves into vertical farming in Singapore

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Japan’s Panasonic moves into vertical farming in Singapore

Japan’s Panasonic Corp, best known for its television sets and home theater systems, wants to feed Singaporeans its radishes and lettuce.

A unit of the electronics conglomerate last week started selling to a chain of Japanese restaurants in Singapore fresh produce grown in what it says is the first licensed indoor vegetable farm in the island state.

The move ties Panasonic’s deeper push into farming technology with land-scarce Singapore’s ambition to reduce its near-total reliance on food imports. Continue reading “Japan’s Panasonic moves into vertical farming in Singapore”

Staay, Philips, Rijk Zwaan to build “first of its kind” vertical farm in Europe

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Staay, Philips, Rijk Zwaan to build “first of its kind” vertical farm in Europe

Philips Lighting today announced that Staay Food Group is building the first of its kind vertical farm in Europe, in Dronten, the Netherlands, which will use Philips GreenPower LED horticultural lighting. The facility will serve one of Europe’s biggest supermarket chains and will be used for testing, and optimizing processes for future, large vertical farms.

Ahead of new legislation
The 900m2 indoor vertical farm will have over 3,000m2 of growing space and produce pesticide-free lettuce. With upcoming stricter regulations on the residual pesticide levels in a bag or bowl of lettuce, retailers will need to provide exceedingly high quality, pesticide-free lettuce. Continue reading “Staay, Philips, Rijk Zwaan to build “first of its kind” vertical farm in Europe”