Norgren has collaborated with Agri-tech startup Singrow, a genome and precision agriculture business, to drive operational efficiencies, including significant energy savings, at its strawberry crop vertical farm facility in Singapore.
As a result of implementing Norgren's control technology, including visualization tools and system connectivity to oversee irrigation, lighting, and ventilation functions, Norgren has delivered a 40% reduction in energy costs for Singrow, helping the business with its cost base while delivering a more sustainable operation.
Dr. Bao Shengjie, CEO, and founder of Singrow, comments: "As an Agri-tech startup with our core technology from plant science, we must work with competent engineering partners who can help us develop our precise agriculture design. Norgren has always acted swiftly and professionally. With its strong engineering team and global network, Norgren not only developed a prototype for us but a solution with new possibilities."
To support Singrow's sustainability aims, Norgren's digital multimedia valve technology, intelligent temperature, and light intensity sensors, as well as data acquisition solutions, provide visualization and connected system control management so Singrow's critical processes, such as energy use and water consumption are continually monitored, controlled, and resource deployment optimized within the growing chambers.
Norgren's control system ensures sustainable and optimized production for Singrow's strawberry crops. The system uses Buschjost solenoid valves to automate irrigation, providing precise water and nutrient delivery at specific times. Additionally, the system automates light delivery and ventilation control to support crop growth.
Real-time data acquisition through sensors allows informed decision-making based on measurements such as heat levels, light intensity, and nutrient levels in the soil. The constant data feedback loop further optimizes crop yield and cost efficiency. Singrow is also able to access and manage Norgren's automated control process remotely via a mobile device, while Norgren's Edge computing capability provides operators with essential data for day-to-day crop management and calculating the cost-to-yield ratio, enhancing production and commercial outcomes.