FRESH & HEALTHY FOOD TECHNOLOGY FOR CIRCULAR CITIES

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Our unique growing technology brings fresh, flawless produce straight to the heart of the cities, bridging the unnecessary gap between supply and demand. But we do not stop there.

New technologies are moving the food industry forward. This is also the case within GROWx. We are proud to announce that we have developed the first vertical farm in the world that is fully automated, AI-driven, almost completely circular and with a cost price that can compete with regular farms. Our whole concept is simplified and efficient, with a primary focus on plant growth and market demands.

DEFINITION

ABOUT VERTICAL FARMING

Vertical farming is the practice of growing crops in vertically stacked plateaus, in an indoor growing system that is completely climate-controlled using LED lamps. This relatively new agricultural method enables efficient cultivation, in terms of square meters, as production can be stacked vertically instead of horizontally.



WHAT MAKES GROWx UNIQUE?

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ENERGY EFFICIENT

Our efficient cooling system shows us a reduce of 50% relative to other vertical farms.

Using the latest Signify LED technology, we use lights with an extremely low energy consumption. Not only does LED produce less heat, but the advent of LED lights makes it possible to build on multiple layers and to place crops closer together. 

Lamps produce a lot of heat, even though they are LED lamps. At GROWx we are reusing the heat we harvest from the cells.

DATA DRIVEN

Running plants all over the world with the same software gives us enormous data and with AI optimalisation possibilities.

This is a data driven Plant Management system for GROWx vertical farms. It integrates the newest possibilities of data science (collection & analysis), with operating the activities needed to run a farm. All aspects from the plant can be measured with our software.

Continuous improvement based on data analyses for yield, quality and nutritional values.

Each plant (gutters) continuously records a broad spectrum of sensor data, such as weight, intake of water and nutrients, exposure and air quality, but also a photographic representation in visible and infrared light. This data stream is centrally stored and analyzed with the aim of developing optimal cultivation profiles. 

SMALL FOOTPRINT

Our skyscraper farms use minimal surface area so we can make the most of every square meter. We can grow up to 1000kg per year of salad on 1 m2.

Biodiversity is one of the world’s biggest threats, to concentrate food production is a major achievement for ability to restore it.

A city like Singapore can produce 2 salad meals per week for each citizen in just 200x100m. 2,5 soccer fields for the whole city! 

CIRCULAR

We created a closed loop system, where 100% of our own waste is recycled to produce energy, CO₂, water and nutrients.

Developing collection of nutrients from wastewater and producing Nitrogen nutrient from air via plasma technology.

Using rainwater is a way of reducing reliance on mains water. Also, it can save money and help reduce environmental impact. But of course, this is location bound and not applicable in every country. 

We use anaerobic digester for all our waste, the roots and leaf residues together with our growing medium. This results in biogas that we use for heat pumps and CO₂ that we use for the plants.  

LOW COST

With our ‘Farming as a Service’ concept, no investment is needed from local partners.

Vertical farming has been too expensive until now, we achieved a cost price comparable with regular farms. Production cost of salads and herbs can go down to around 10 euro/kg! 

Because of the option to produce locally near the consumer, we can become cheaper compared to existing food chains.

We believe with our data driven model we can achieve even more efficiency in the future.

Human interfaces are only needed for malfunctions and checks. Another additional advantage is that there is no need to keep aisles and room for personnel to move around.  

WATER EFFICIENT

Set the nutrient and pH level of the water to whatever we want. Each plant is individually fed each day of the grow cycle.

Using rainwater is a way of reducing reliance on mains water. Also, it can save money and help reduce environmental impact. But of course, this is location bound and not applicable in every country. 

Our robot delivers the exact water requirements several times a day. With the result that we use 99% less water than your average field farm. 

HEALTHY

By having flexible light schemes we can change for every day of the grow cycle, we can push the plant to produce more vitamins and nutritional values.

Producing local and near the end of the supply chain means always fresh products.

ZERO WASTE

Data connection into the food chain makes production just in time.

Long shelf time of vertical farming products. 

33-50% of the food is wasted, before they reach the consumer. For example: left on the field, damaged during shipping or oversized packaging. Food waste is responsible for huge amount of the CO2.

CLEAN

No need for any pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Like most vertical farms, GROWx uses the hydroponic system. This is a way of growing with water, but without the use of soil. 

By not needing any human hands we work as a clean room facility from seeding till harvesting. No risk for pathogen = safe food.

Production close to end consumer, so tracible and controllable chain. 

AUTOMATED

Through our own ‘custom light recipe’, we can create a tailor-made plant: the length, the color, the taste, size and nutritional content. Those are things we can optimize. 

We have robotized the full system, meaning from seeding until harvesting. This not only makes a huge difference in labor costs and quality of the produce, but also keeps the cell extreme clean. 

Ability to manage worldwide same plant cycles. This gives us a lot more sensoring and data collection possibility.

Optimal plant care, 24/7. Automation gives the real grower and farmer more tools and time to focus on plants. As soon as the plant moves on to the next phase of the growing cycle, the robot can respond automatically. You can think of a different light composition or a different water composition. 

A culture of experimentation is the key to survival. It seems like every day a new technology or experiment is announced that brings us one step closer to accelerate a circular food system. Let’s see what works and doesn’t by actually doing things.

Futuristic experimentation