Vertical farming promises a step change in production density, providing significant efficiency savings with the additional benefit of improved product quality. Vertical farming also presents the only viable option for growing crops within urban environments where geographic footprint is limited and demand for just-in-time delivery of produce ever increasing. However while capital investment in large vertical farms delivers economies of scale, operating costs dominate the total cost of ownership.
In a new whitepaper, Roger Mainwaring-Burton of Cambridge Consultants explores real time crop sensing, air management and crop manipulation, showing how the use of off-the-shelf systems designed for other purposes don’t always provide a long-term solution. Treating a vertical farm as a complete ecosystem allows for a more efficient, cost effective and connected solution to be constructed, further enhancing crop production per square foot.