AKKA collaborates with Futura Gaia on developing vertical farms solutions

"Expertise in robotics in the aeronautics field have been instrumental in technical set-up"

AKKA Technologies, a European engineering consulting and R&D company, is proud to collaborate with Futura Gaïa, a French start-up that designs and develops indoor vertical farms combining agronomy and precision technology for the agricultural world. 

Since the end of 2019, AKKA has leveraged its cross-sectorial expertise in the field of automotive and aeronautics to accompany Futura Gaïa in the robotization of the cultivation process. One example is the development of a tailored automated guided vehicle (AGV) solution to moving the systems between the production racks and the harvesting area. This AGV helps to perform the extraction and insertion of containers GiGrow machines in their rack by a robotic arm, at a height of six meters and a total payload above 800 kilograms.

Jean-Franck Ricci, AKKA’s Group Managing Director in charge of business development and sales, commented: “We are extremely pleased to work alongside Futura Gaïa on these innovative vertical agricultural solutions. For more than 18 months our expertise in robotics and automatics in the aeronautics and automotive field have been instrumental in the set-up technical solutions. This project demonstrates AKKA’s ability to leverage cross-sectorial knowledge and expertise and to propose transversal solutions, injecting an innovational drive to any business.”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Futura Gaïa to partner with a worldwide company like AKKA. The last 18th months were crucial for us with the design and setup of our first farm. Thanks to AKKA robotic expertise we had design, select, and start the robotization in less than a year with 3 lockdowns. Now, we have our first robot active and totally autonomous in our farm in the south of France.” said Pascal Thomas, President, and CEO of Futura Gaïa Technologies.

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