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

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.

What drives you?
Having the opportunity to make a difference in the way food is produced in a safe and healthy way, especially at locations where this was previously impossible.

What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
My wife and both my children

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Increasing efficiency of lighting systems and plant growth automation

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
This will improve the economic viability of Vertical Farming even further.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Failing projects which damage the trust in this emerging method of food production. Especially since many of the mistakes made are preventable.

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
The takeaways from this presentation will provide the attendees some tools for making better informed decisions regarding the appropriate level of technologies needed for their Vertical Farming project.

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
Certhon is one of the leading Dutch horticulture solutions providers in the world, with over 120 years of experience and all disciplines in-house to support innovative projects. Perfectly integrated greenhouse, indoor farm, and systems realizing profitable horticulture projects with our ROI-key philosophy. That is the Certhon guarantee. For food. For flowers. For sure.

About Agrifood Innovation Event
The Agrifood Innovation Event is a dedicated and focused business and research platform, unique in bringing together European and global companies from the entire food industry chain: supply chain with customers, producers, retailers and researchers.

The Agrifood Innovation Event is a two-day Event (June 27-28, 2018) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an expo.

Day 1: June 27, 2018 Day 2: June 28, 2018
Healthy Nutrition Conference Vertical Farming Conference 3D Food Printing Conference Smart Farming Conference
  • Smart & Healthy Ingredients
  • Sustainable Food Manufacturing
  • Protein Transition (e.g. insects and seaweed)
  • Food design
  • Innovative technologies for Healthy Nutrition
  • Available technologies – LED lighting, sensors, AI
  • From traditional farmer to vertical farmer
  • Robotics
  • Improved resource-use efficiency
  • Sustainable Buildings (design, green roof, energy)
  • Technologies for 3D Food Printing
  • Ingredients for 3D Food Printing
  • Patent issues
  • Legal issues
  • Regulatory issues
  • Investment opportunities
  • Research and development
  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0 – drones, sensors, Internet of Things, Robotics, etc
  • Precision agriculture
  • Precision Livestock Farming
  • Plant and crop science for improved resource-use
  • Investment in R&D
  • Cross disciplinary themes
Networking dinner

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