A vertical farm is a fully controlled facility where vegetables and herbs are grown in stacked layers without the use of daylight. Growing conditions are controlled carefully using tailored growth recipes. They provide everything to grow high-quality plants: the right light recipe, the ideal temperature, amount of water, CO2 and the best growing medium. This farming method leads to cleaner, pesticide-free crops with a consistently great taste and maximum nutrition. Growers achieve higher yields and less waste thanks to the strictly-controlled, growing environment.
“Increasingly, Japanese consumers are interested in a diverse variety of foods that have superior taste, are safe and nutritious as well as being offered at a reasonable price, said Udo van Slooten, business leader for Philips Lighting’s Horticulture business. “Vertical farms are an ideal way to meet this growing demand for safe, fresh food especially in a country with highly-urbanized areas where space is at a premium.” Philips’ first commercial vertical farming project was opened at Osaka University in Japan in 2014. Now, Japan is one of the fastest growing markets for our horticultural LED systems. Our collaboration with Japanese growers and partners has helped us further refine our LED installations and light recipes to better meet the requirement of the Japanese market.”
After a trial starting in March 2015 at its Fuji Farm with a total floor area of 1,851 m2, Innovatus, from a standing start, now produces 12,000 heads of lettuce a day. This is one of the largest completely closed-environment, vertical farms in the world using horticultural LED lighting.
In October 2015, Delicious Cook created a new city farm in Narashino City in the Chiba Prefecture of the urbanized Kanto region of Japan. During a 10 month trial led by Philips Lighting business partner, CCS, Delicious Cook has used Philips GreenPower LED production module in three layers in a total cultivation area of roughly 80 m2 on a footprint of 80 m2 to grow relatively uncommon herbs. These include edible chrysanthemums and coriander for the company’s processed foods. The Philips GreenPower LED production module gives Delicious Cook the flexibility to try out horticultural LED light recipes, opening up new possibilities for them to differentiate crop taste and increase yield.
Daniel Bausor, Global Integrated Communications
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Philips Horticulture LED Solutions
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Since different crops, flowers, and plants require different light/temperature situations (alongside other climatic conditions) for optimal growth, Philips has invented specific light recipes for specific crops to help growers further enhance their crop results. A recipe combines the following elements: light spectrum, intensity, illumination moment, uniformity, and positioning. Using a recipe, a grower can steer specific plant characteristics, from compactness, color intensity, and branch development to flowering and more to improve results. Philips light recipe knowledge has been developed over many years of cooperation with growers, university, and research sites to enhance growth. Results from growers using Philips light recipes can be found here: www.philips.com/horti
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