Philips and U.S.-based GreenTech Agro (GTA) signed a letter of intent at the GreenTech trade show in Amsterdam last week to formalize their cooperation in the field of City Farming using the Growtainer container developed by GTA. The business’ intent is to cooperate in further development and marketing of the Growtainer containers and Growracks equipped with Philips LED lighting.
The Growtainer is a highly engineered modular and mobile vertical production environment in a 20-or 40-foot shipping container that has been modified to provide an optimum controlled environment for growing a wide range of crops in all environments and climates.
This allows for a significantly higher yield in a shorter time than conventional production methods. The Growtainers will be equipped with the most advanced low-energy consumption LED lighting from Philips. In addition, they make use of a water-conserving hydroponic system, crop-specific vertical shelving, a state-of-the-art HVAC and Environmental system, including a CO2 enriched atmosphere, all controlled by an advanced PC-based system, The Growtroller. With a Growtainer, fresh vegetables can be grown almost anywhere.
Growtainers will soon be opening up close to consumers and Growracks will find their way into schools, hospitals and restaurants. These facilities will achieve a higher production level with a known harvest date and a product that can be controlled in terms of its appearance, taste and nutritional value. Cultivation takes place without the use of pesticides and reduces water consumption by at least 90 percent, compared to traditional cultivation methods with the multilayer technology, allowing for an efficient use of space.
Philips has been developing light sources for horticulture for many years and continues to invest heavily in horticultural lighting. In research and development for LED, a dedicated team of engineers works full time to improve existing concepts and develop new lighting systems for the horticulture industry. Specialists such as plant physiologists and technical engineers have been trained in the key horticultural countries to provide full support to growers and breeders. Working with research institutes, universities, growers and partners, Philips is able to meet a grower’s unique needs.
Visit the GreenTech Agro website to learn more.
Source: GreenTech Agro