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Growth Towers

IGS’ vertical farming solution enables 24/7/365 cultivation of crops in a precisely controlled indoor environment.

December 2021
Gallery Growth Towers 1
Gallery Growth Towers 1
01.

Identification

Think of a 300m2 sized field (for example, 50m X 60m). Then cut the field up into 50 full-size snooker table size sections (6m2 area). These sections, or Growth Trays with Lights (GTLs), are stacked around 250mm apart in two racking systems and placed inside a superstructure to create a Growth Tower (GT). This superstructure is built to IGS’ specifications and designed to be built on structurally sound locations worldwide. Each GT houses IGS’ patented lighting, ventilation, and irrigation systems. The GT is controlled and monitored, on-site or remotely, using IGS’ cloud software. GTs are available in 6m, 9m and 12m heights. One 9m GT, for example, has a 40m2 footprint and a growing area of around 320m2. With 12 crop cycles per annum for crops like Basil, two 9m GTs can grow enough Basil to fill a football pitch. Two 12m GTs can fill one hectare. Our solution can also grow field ready starter plants like broccoli in 15 days compared to six weeks using traditional methods.

Application

Label Date December 2021
From United Kingdom
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Partners, Credibility

Sectors - Value chain - Application

Sectors
Applications
Design, Power & Produce
Package & Distribute
Use & Efficiency
Valorize & Restore
Value Chain Steps
02.

The environmental benefits

  • Our solution can operate in climates between -40°C and +50°C (from Finland to the UAE).
  • Two 12 m Growth Towers require a footprint that is just one hundredth of a hectare of land to achieve one hectare of cultivation area.
  • 60% of the cultivation process is automated (level four, adaptive automation). Growth Towers are one of the few systems with 60% automation (adaptive automation). Many alternative vertical farming systems have an automation level of 40% or 20%.
  • By growing crops closer to the point of production or consumption our solution can reduce food transport miles by 96%.
  • 94% less water (compared to greenhouse production). All water that is not used in the crops can be recycled and re-used.
  • 0 (zero) pesticides, fungicides or herbicides are used in our solution.
03.

The Financial benefits

  • Grow high quality crops 24/7 365 with total control of climate variables for consistent and predictable results.
  • Reduce growth cycles by 30-50% compared to glasshouse and open field farming. For example, Micro leaf 3 to 8 days; Baby leaf 14 to 30 days; Herb 13 to 38 days; Lettuce (head) 49 days.
  • Significantly reduce food waste in the food supply chain which currently contributes 30% of all GHG emissions. Eg, 95% of strawberry seedlings grown in UK are imported and contain pests and disease.
04.

Activity Region

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Australia

Australia,

  • Headquarters
  • Activity
05.

Company Profile

Intelligent Growth Solutions

IGS takes Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) a step further with Total Controlled Environment Agriculture.

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Headquarters Semple St, Edinburgh EH3 8BL, UK
06.

Networking Partner

European Union

The EU, through its funding programmes, supports the development of innovations and technologies that help combat climate change, protect the environment and ensure a sustainable development and growth.

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