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”

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”

LIOF is Content Partner for Vertical Farming Conference

LIOF

LIOF is Content Partner for Vertical Farming Conference, which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About LIOF

With over 40 employees, LIOF is the implementation organization of regional economic policy for the province of Limburg. LIOF helps SMEs from ‘start to finish’ with innovations and the development of new business. We finance the start and growth of promising SMEs. LIOF also recruits foreign companies and ensures that their location and development in Limburg is smooth. Finally, LIOF creates the conditions for further development of industry and logistics.Whatever your question, we are waiting for you! www.liof.nl. Continue reading “LIOF is Content Partner for Vertical Farming Conference”

Pieter van Hout & Jacqueline van Oosten, AgriFoodTech Platform, to moderate Vertical Farming Conference

AgriFoodTech Platform

Pieter van Hout & Jacqueline van Oosten, AgriFoodTech Platform, to moderate Vertical Farming Conference, Jun 28, 2017, Villa Flora, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, The Netherlands.

Jacqueline van OostenAbout Jacqueline van Oosten
As Project Manager at FME Jacqueline wants to create awareness of the possibilities of responsible, (technological) innovation for a more sustainable food system. She believes in the strength of mutual inspiration. Bringing different people with additional knowledge and knowhow together contributes to this awareness and inspires people and business developing a better system. One of the ways to fulfill this, is her role as Program Manager of the AgriFoodTech Platform.

 

Pieter van HoutAbout Pieter van Hout
With a background in Human Geography (BSc.) and Climate Studies (MSc.), Pieter focusses on long term international sustainability through a holistic approach. He believes in the combined power of techno-ecologic agriculture. On behalf of LTO Nederland, he is one of the two Program Managers for the AgriFoodTech Platform. He works on facilitating social responsible innovation on the ground and also on influencing the innovation support system.

 

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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”

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

Rene van Haeff

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”

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

marcel kers

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

AgriFoodTech Platform

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”

Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo is Content Partner for Vertical Farming Conference

Brightlands Campus Greenport

Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo is Content Partner for Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo
There are only a few places in the world that truly focus on achieving big, radical change. And Brightlands is one of them. Brightlands is a place in the heart of Europe, in the top-tech triangle between Eindhoven, Leuven and Aachen.

It’s a place where researchers and entrepreneurs tackle global challenges in the fields of materials, health and nutrition.

At Brightlands, leading international companies and institutes work together on healthy, sustainable solutions that crosses scientific, geographical and organizational boundaries. Continue reading “Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo is Content Partner for Vertical Farming Conference”