Vertical farming outfit Intelligent Growth Solutions is looking to complete the construction of its first indoor growth facility James Hutton Institute in Scotland in the next few months. The company then plans to launch a full-scale trial to deliver the UK’s first commercially viable vertical growing environment together with global automation firm Omron.
IGS says it aims to demonstrate that vertical farming is commercially viable by significantly reducing power and labour costs. The initiative is also looking to gain a better understanding of the plant science and types of crops which can be grown best in an indoor farming environment.
“By adopting the principles of Total Controlled Environment Agriculture [a technology-based approach toward food production], a system in which all aspects of the growing environment can be controlled, it is possible to eliminate variations in the growing environment, enabling the grower to produce consistent, high quality crops with minimal wastage, in any location, all year round,” says Henry Aykroyd, CEO of IGS.
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