Our new container farm, the Plant Factory, is a one of a kind container farm built to the highest standard. By pushing the growable area to the next level inside our vertical farm shipping container, the Plant Factory can grow 6,000-11,000 crops per month!
The Plant Factory is a plug and play - shipping container based - farm. By using an insulated shipping container and creating an indoor climate, in the Plant Factory you can grow year round under the same climatic conditions.
Developing this product, we focused on maximum efficiency which have brought us a lot of difficulties but eventually resulted in a unique product. To maximise grow area and reduce labour, the containerfarm is equiped with high quality growing installations to take care of climate, irrigation, day- night, etc. The only activities left for you is seeding, planting, harvesting and small maintenance.
In the Plant Factory you can grow:
days per year
kg of crop per day
hours of work per day
Aeroponics - the use of mist as irrigation - is used inside the Plant Factory to keep a clean and optimal growing environment. Pressure-regulated nozzles form the ideal amount of mist for roots to absorb water and nutrients. A series of sensors precision-measure the EC and PH level for the computer to regulate the amount of added A-, B nutrients and acid to the pre-set values so no human action is needed in this delicate process. Residual water is recirculated in to the irrigation unit to minimize water usage and disposal of valuable ingredients.
Our self-developed grow towers form the solution to the 6,000-11,000 crops/month growing capacity of the Plant Factory. These towers are double sided so the maximum growing surface is used. Each tower contains 20 plug-holders which hold the crops in place, but most importantly, make the absorption of water and nutrients by the roots as effective as possible by holding them in a position which maximizes the surface for water collection. The simple but yet efficient design brings maintenance and replacements to a minimum.
In the cultivation area of the Plant Factory, the grow towers are hanged in an automated “first in, first out” (FIFO) system. During the grow time this system automatically increases the distance between the towers when the crops need more space to grow. Also, the distance to the lights will increase during the growing process. No pathway is needed to collect the otherwise stationary growing towers. By doing so, we were able to fit 2 carrousels inside the 40’ container, which equals 4 rows of double sided growing towers.
Recreating the sun for an optimal indoor growing environment, that’s what the powerful LED lights inside the Plant Factory do. Each LED chip radiates a full spectrum (350-800nm) color composition, similar to a mid-summer sun, which gives a high quality lighting environment for plants to grow. Plants have, however, evolved through it.
365 perfect days, that’s what the Plant Factory creates with its climate control system. The HVAC unit treats the air to the perfect conditions by filtering, adding CO2, cooling and dehumidifying it. The cold air is injected between the plants and recirculated every 1,5 minutes (3000m3/h) to balance the heat from the LED lights, prevent stale air and eliminate temperature differences. By doing so, the climate control system creates an even temperature for your crops to grow, anywhere on earth!
The fully computer-regulated internal systems work together specified to the applied settings like EC, PH, temperature, CO2, day- night schedule etc. Set it once and the computer takes care of the rest. Something’s off? The computer will give an alarm so you know what is going on.