Eden Towers contracted its system integration partner in Western Australia (WA), Bon Electrics, to build a controlled environment agriculture (CEA) mushroom farm in WA. The resulting technology is a joint effort by Eden Towers’ and Bon Electrics’ engineering teams. It will provide the basis for the roll-out of a series of specialized mushroom farms for Eden Towers in the future.
“Mushrooms are an important diversification crop for Eden Towers. Not only are they a great ‘ready to eat’ food crop, but they also allow us to develop more downstream products and further our research into pharmaceuticals and health products,” said Christian Prokscha, Co-Founder of Eden Towers.
According to the company, the initial production from the new facility will be up to 6 tonnes per year and will focus on growing a variety of specialty mushroom crops for the wholesale and HORECA markets across Western Australia.
“The existing specialty mushroom market in Western Australia cannot meet demand, so there a lot is imported into WA every week. Working with our partners, we see an opportunity to scale the business very quickly and meet growing demand from wholesale, HORECA, and grocery stores,” said Mr. Prokscha.
The facility design has been completed with modularity in mind. It will allow Eden Towers to provide fresh, clean, and ready-to-eat mushrooms using a local approach and to scale with ease across different geographic locations.
With its diverse skills in agriculture and agritech, Bon Electrics have assisted Eden Towers in developing a solution that is ultra-efficient and solves for a range of challenges observed by other growers. The product achieves improvements in automation, climate control, sterility of the environment, and yield management across different species of mushrooms.
“Engineering a facility like this for Eden Towers combined our experience across different agriculture types. Our mission was to support Eden Towers in developing a scalable farm that is modular and can be deployed quickly at a cost basis that can support their profitable growth,” said Ben Bonomi, Technical Director at Bon Electrics.
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