Launches Vertical Sunning, an innovation project to produce Km0 food vertically.
It is estimated that in the coming years, 70% of the world's population will live in megacities. In urban environments, a new super-informed consumer profile is emerging, who not only seeks to eat healthy, but also cares about responsible production methods. Faced with the growing demand for healthy food production and proximity, Novagric in collaboration with Tecnalia, develops a new production model in Vertical Agriculture without artificial lighting.
Vertical Sunning is a CDTI Individual R&D project that will adapt to the requirements of urban agriculture, providing means to ensure food security without resorting to massive imports of products, and achieving a production model with a significant reduction of the carbon footprint compared to other systems currently in place. The overall objective of the project is the development of a production system, through an architectural solution that prioritizes the access and distribution of solar radiation to the interior, equipped with a low energy consumption air conditioning system using water and sunlight as the basis. This R&D project also aims to provide a new solution to the critical points of the technology of Vertical Farming systems currently in use, mainly the high energy cost due to artificial lighting installations. Vertical Sunning is in its first stage of development: It has already started its study phase, conceptualization and design of the system structure by using passive solar design, so that solar radiation reaches specific areas of the interior, where the plants are located. The architectural model is defined so that it can capture the optimum PAR radiation, and homogenize its distribution to the crops that will be located in different positions.
Novagric is committed to the objective of offering farmers innovative solutions that allow them to increase the productivity of their crops and save on energy and water resources, while at the same time carrying out environmentally friendly agriculture. Project funded by CDTI (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial) and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
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