"Some of the commentary I have seen in recent months on vertical farming is very short-sighted. There is no denying that the weather challenges of climate change, the need to improve the sustainability of farming, increase the amount of food produced in the UK, and consumer demand for year-round local produce, mean we must look for new solutions to feed an ever-growing population," says Nick Bateman, Chairman of GrowPura, a UK company.
"The vertical farming industry is evolving and adapting all the time - we have developed a patented growing system that enables vertical farming organizations to create vastly improved quality and yield from their operation whilst reducing costs at the same time. It really is the next generation of vertical farming."
GrowPura is a technology business that is driven by creating advanced solutions for vertical farming companies. The company aims to provide technology that improves efficiencies and increases output whilst operating at a lower cost and with a lower carbon footprint.
Saving on resources
GrowPura's system has been independently verified to be two years ahead of current vertical farming methods. "Using an automated, moving conveyor system that operates in a patented 'Clean Room' environment, GrowPura technology improves the environmental impact of vertical farming, the quality of food produced, and its economic benefits," Nick explains.
"Unlike traditional vertical farming, the Growpura solution 'puts the plants to bed.' For a number of hours each day, plants are taken to their 'bedroom', this not only mimics traditional growing methods, thus improving the quality of produce, but it also saves on lighting costs."
50% fewer LEDs used
As the company claims, GrowPura's system uses 50% less LED lighting and 50-75% fewer space requirements, which results in 100-300% more output. According to Nick, the system only requires 67% less light than other systems and has a dimming function linked to multiple sensors, ensuring that all plants receive the optimum light for growth while also optimizing energy efficiency.
Nick continues, "Energy prices will eventually go down, but the growing population and the negative impact of climate change on traditional farming will not. We need to start embracing and supporting new farming solutions that will deliver positive change for food production in the UK."
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Nick Bateman, Chairman