Can Vertical Farming be profitable? Understanding Business Models.

Vertical Farming is an exciting growing technique. More an more innovators and growers deploy vertical farming methods in their operations but some struggle to be profitable. Is it not possible to run a profitable vertical farm? In this presentation we will discuss different business models and key drivers of the vertical farming business case in regards to CAPEX, OPEX and revenue. We will put the consumer in the center of the discussion and elaborate with consumer in mind different vertical farming use cases.

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Farm Tech Society is industry partner of the Vertical Farming Conference

The Farm Tech Society (FTS) is an international non-profit industry association that unites and supports the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry, seeking to strengthen the sector through the development and implementation of resilient and future proof methods and technologies for indoor growing.

The Vertical Farming Conference is part of the Agrifood Innovation Event.

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Kalera is silver sponsor of the Vertical Farming Conference

Kalera is a vertical farming company headquartered in Orlando, Florida and a branch offices in Munich, Kuwait and Singapore. Kalera uses technology to ensure that more people around the world have access to the freshest, most nutritious, and cleanest products available. It has spent several years optimizing plant nutrient formulas and developing an advanced automation and data acquisition system with Internet of Things, cloud, big data analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities.

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Fluence Bioengineering is silver sponsor of the Vertical Farming Conference

Fluence Bioengineering, Inc. (Fluence) creates powerful and energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial crop production and research applications. Since the company’s earliest days, its mission has been to improve the interaction between light and life to yield a healthier and more sustainable world. Ask anyone at the company: Fluence doesn’t just manufacture lights. Fluence delivers state-of-the-art, science-backed lighting solutions and facility design best practices backed by an impressive pedigree of cultivation expertise.

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Vertical farming: How to bring a dream to reality

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Expanding cities across the world rely increasingly on the global food network, but should they? Population growth, urbanisation and climate change place pressure on this network, bringing its resilience into question. For decades urban agriculture has been discussed in popular media and academia as a potential solution to improve food security, quality and sustainability. The new idol in this discussion is the vertical farm: A fully closed system for crop production.

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Scaling up plant production in vertical farms

Lisanne Meulendijks

One of VF’s advantages often mentioned is that crops can be produced anywhere around the globe, irrespective of the local growing conditions. Once the perfect indoor “growing recipe” is found for a specific crop, this recipe can potentially be copied anywhere. Practical experience however shows that reality is more complex. One and the same growing recipe set in different technical systems of different scales can create very different crops results.

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The colourful life of plants in a vertical farm

Leo Marcelis

In vertical farms all the production factors can be precisely controlled, making that we can precisely control the growth, development and quality of the crops. LEDs play a crucial role in this control. A number of examples will be presented on how to use different light spectra and intensities to control the growth, development and quality of plants and harvested products.

Optimization of light should be balanced with optimization of all other growth factors (e.g. temperature, CO2, humidity, plant spacing, water, nutrients, etc). Sensors, simulation models and artificial intelligence play an important role in optimizing the production systems and can ultimately be used to realise autonomous production systems.

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