The Controlled Environment Agriculture conference was a sell-out event and attracted significant interest from a good mix of people – a big thank you to all our speakers. Sadly we had to turn people away – but we will be producing one of our insight publications for delegates and Agri-Tech East members, so do contact us if you would like to receive this if you’re a member.
One of our members and attendee, Redfox, has produced a vlog about the event; you can watch that opposite:
One of the speakers, Ben Barnes from G’s, touched on the problems of managing humidity and temperature within a controlled environment and the cost of this. This is the subject of a new White Paper from Cambridge Consultants – who were also speaking.
In the paper, Roger Mainwaring-Burton of Cambridge Consultants explains how the requirement for a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system for a vertical farm are very different to that of an office block, and so lighting and HVAC systems need to be developed specifically to address the unique challenges of this type of growing environment.
The white paper looks at the following in detail:
- Sensing – how existing technologies need to developed to enable closed-loop control of a vertical farming system
- Air management – an overview of the unique challenges created by vertical farming including how crops require different temperature and humidity needs
- Manipulation – how a dynamic growing environment requires something something new from robotics?
More information about the Controlled Environment Agriculture conference.
More information about the Cambridge Consultants white paper The Future Of Vertical Farming: The Intelligent Ecosystem
For more information about Agri-Tech East events.
Comments from attendees include:
“Thanks for putting on such an amazing event and getting so many key people organised to turn up on the same date!”
“I appreciated that the relaxed atmosphere, which was conducive to lively interactions among participants, was the outcome of very professional organisation and management of the event”
“Thank you organising the event, it was fantastic. I liked the fact that it was critical in nature, exploring both positives and challenges. The mix was good, businesses and academics”