Greencube, Vertical farm of the future – Presented by Gert-Jan van Staalduinen, Logiqs B.V.

Gert-Jan van Staalduinen

Greencube, Vertical farm of the future – Presented by Gert-Jan van Staalduinen, Logiqs B.V. at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Logiqs B.V.
With more than 40 years of experience and know-how, gained in the field of internal transport and logistics systems for greenhouses, our industry leading solutions help our customers to achieve a higher profitability and a stronger competitive position within the worldwide horticultural marketplace.
We advise, design, produce and install complete logistical systems, manual or completely automated, for growers specialised in: potted plants, cut flowers, tree nurseries, flower bulbs and vegetables. Continue reading “Greencube, Vertical farm of the future – Presented by Gert-Jan van Staalduinen, Logiqs B.V.”

Key success factors in designing Indoor Farms – Presented by Martin Veenstra, Certhon

Martin Veenstra

Key success factors in designing Indoor Farms – Presented by Martin Veenstra, Certhon, at Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

As in the development of “traditional” horticulture, technology plays an important role in growing in Vertical Farms. Thanks to the fully closed nature of the growth environment a holistic approach is required to the entire farming process from seed till harvest. This involves many types of technology like lighting, Climate control, the cultivation system, irrigation and automation. During his presentation Martin will focus on the way Vertical Farming technologies have benefitted from lessons learned in horticulture and the development of recent new technologies and an overview will be given of common pitfalls during the design of Vertical Farms offset against recent technological developments. Continue reading “Key success factors in designing Indoor Farms – Presented by Martin Veenstra, Certhon”

Light recipes enable sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens – Presented by Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting

Celine Nicole

Light recipes enable sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens – Presented by Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. Read the interview

Vertical farming is a technology that controls climate, water, nutrients and light to grow vegetables and soft fruits in a closed environment. This allows them to grow pesticide free and without other contaminants.

Philips Lighting Research investigated how to influence the post-harvest quality of leafy greens by controlling the pre-harvest growth conditions while keeping a high production rate. Several standard LED lighting recipes (red/blue or red/white either with or without far red) are in use in commercial vertical farms.

In this research we used baby leaf spinach and rocket from various cultivars all grown in a vertical farm research facility at Philips Lighting GrowWise Center in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. We used the standard red white LED light recipe as control, while we changed the spectrum with higher blue and/or higher far-red or applied few days of continuous light stimulation just before the harvest (pre-harvest). Quality at harvest and quality loss during postharvest storage was monitored. We observed that light quality affects shelf life of baby leaf spinach and rocket by several days. Continue reading “Light recipes enable sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens – Presented by Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting”

Smart Agriculture for Smart Cities: How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream – Presented by Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting

Henry Gordon-Smith

Smart Agriculture for Smart Cities: How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream – Presented by Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands. Read the interview

All over the globe, cities are turning ‘smart’ and embedding sensors, information management systems, and automation. Unfortunately, most ‘smart cities’ exclude agriculture and food in their dialogue and development. This presentation will ask: “Can a City Really be Smart Without Agriculture”? Henry will bring his knowledge of the spectrum of urban and peri-urban agriculture models and discuss how new scenario analysis tools can help cities understand the potential impact of strategies to make cities smarter through data-driven agriculture planning, management, and distribution. A discussion on lessons learned in working with cities on urban and vertical farming will be discussed as well as best practices for engaging them. Continue reading “Smart Agriculture for Smart Cities: How data and scenario analysis could take vertical farming mainstream – Presented by Henry Gordon-Smith, Agritecture Consulting”

Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming: Here Today – Presented by Lisa Newman, AeroFarms

Lisa Newman

Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming: Here Today – Presented by Lisa Newman, AeroFarms at the Vertical Farming Conference, which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

AeroFarms grows without sun or soil in a fully-controlled indoor environment and has patented aeroponic growing technology for faster harvest cycles, predictable results, and superior food safety with less environmental impact.  Thinking holistically from seed to package, we will share how we have taken a systems approach to biology, horticulture, engineering, environmental controls, automation, food safety, and data science to be able to optimize for taste, texture, color, nutrition, and yield.

About Lisa Newman
An expert in fully-automated plant production and phenomics facilities, Dr. Newman previously served as the Head of the Controlled Environments Department for DuPont Pioneer overseeing greenhouse operations for R&D. She holds a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Oxford. Continue reading “Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming: Here Today – Presented by Lisa Newman, AeroFarms”

Jan Westra, Priva, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference

Jan Westra

Jan Westra, Priva, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference, which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Jan Westra
Dr. Ir. Jan Westra works at Priva Head Quarters in The Netherlands as Strategic business developer, mainly for complex research and development projects at the cutting edge of horticulture and building technology. His focus areas are America and Europe.

Graduated at the TU Delft in 1985, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Refrigeration and Indoor Air control.

Subsequently did PhD research at the same department, culminating in a thesis in 1990 on the topic: Advanced Absorption Heat Transformer. A thermal device to transform to low grade heat without adding energy flows other than auxiliary power to high grade heat.

After TU Delft Jan Westra worked for more than five years at HE Consultants in Rotterdam, “technical installations in the build environment.” Most of his work involved recommendations for solving the problems with poorly performing HVAC installationa as well as designing systems for special applications (like museums) or in specific climate zones, such as the construction of the Dutch Embassy in Suriname at that time. Continue reading “Jan Westra, Priva, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference”

Martin Veenstra, Certhon Build, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference 2017

Martin Veenstra

Martin Veenstra, Certhon Build B.V., will speak at Vertical Farming Conference 2017, which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Martin Veenstra
Martin is responsible for the sales engineering of Certhon’s growth chamber projects. With a background in Optical engineering and climate control systems, Martin is specialized in (LED) lighting systems and growth chamber design. Certhon has an extensive experience in turn-key realization of growth chambers for the commercial production of vegetables and flowers as well as specialized chambers for plant research.

About Certhon Build B.V.
Certhon is a Dutch company active as worldwide turn-key developer and installer of technical installations for horticultural solutions for greenhouses, growth chambers and indoor farms. Our innovative focus enables us to fully integrate all systems for year-round, efficient and optimal production of food, flowers and many more, anywhere in the world. This is Certhon 365 PlantyFood.
There is great know-how and expertise available at Certhon. This goes all the way back to 1896, so our family company experienced all developments in international horticulture over more than a century.
In the past years, we developed the technology for year-round indoor growing of leafy greens, plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables under LED lights. 365 PlantyFood is developed for maximal performance combined with optimal efficiency and minimal resources for global food & health security, always and everywhere. Continue reading “Martin Veenstra, Certhon Build, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference 2017”

Stiina Kotiranta, Valoya, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference 2017

Stiina Kotiranta

Stiina Kotiranta, Valoya, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference 2017 about “Quality of light matters in vertical farming”. The conference takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Valoya is a Finnish LED light provider for the horticulture industry. Our core business is providing good quality light solutions for closed environments. When choosing the lighting for a vertical farm, one should optimize the light spectrum, light intensity, and photoperiod. The light spectrum affects plant morphology, metabolism, and therefore crop quality. By adjusting the light intensity to the plants’ developmental stage, one can save in equipment and energy costs. All plants need light, but the optimal photoperiod is dependent on the cultivated crop. When designing a vertical farm, one should consider the different aspects of lighting and specify their growth targets; are you looking for maximum yield, color, or perhaps shelf life?

About Stiina Kotiranta
I have been working at Valoya Plant R&D from 2011. My background is in Horticulture (BSc) and in Plant Production Science (Msc). I have also practical work experience from a large scale hydroponic lettuce greenhouse, thus my passion is in food production and of course vertical farming.

About Valoya
Valoya is a provider of LED light for biotech and horticultural purposes. Valoya LED-lights have been developed using Valoya’s proprietary LED technology and extensive plant photobiological research. The wide, patented light spectra offer quality light for plants in an energy efficient way. Valoya spectra enhance photosynthesis and allow control of plant morphology and metabolites. Continue reading “Stiina Kotiranta, Valoya, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference 2017”

Technology in a Vertical Farm/BrightBox – Presented by Peter Korsten, Botany

Peter Korsten

Technology in a Vertical Farm/BrightBox – Presented by Peter Korsten, Botany B.V. at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

The BrightBox is a research facility specialized on testing out different technical and practical applications surrounding vertical farming. The facility was designed and developed with four partners: Botany BV, Philips, HAS University for Applied Sciences and Province Limburg. This presentation will give quick glimpse inside a real-world vertical farm facility, where we explain all the ins-and-outs surrounding light, climate, nutrition solution and crop growth.

About Peter Korsten  
Peter is one of the founding partners of Botany B.V. which started out in 2003 as a horticulture research facility. Together with a dedicated team has Botany accumulated years of expertise in product development for the agriculture. Botany was among the first pioneers in vertical farming in the Netherlands.

About Botany B.V.
Botany’s experience has enabled it to evolve into a professional player with extensive knowhow and expertise in cultivation and research. We concentrate on testing and supervising product development. Our company focuses on the horticultural sector. Our activities include carrying out research for producers of crop protection products and horticultural suppliers. Continue reading “Technology in a Vertical Farm/BrightBox – Presented by Peter Korsten, Botany”

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

Daniel Podmirseg

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”