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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The story of Planet Farms is one of friendship, innovation, extraordinary people, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Planet Farms was born of the founders’ shared eagerness and mission to revolutionize traditional agriculture and help the world grow. And naturally, from their love of high-quality and outstanding flavor, rooted in their Italian culture. Planet Farms inverts the historical role of technology in agriculture from defensive to preventive. The aim is no longer to check the natural environment but safeguard it by creating the ideal conditions for plant growth.
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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”