March 21, 2022
- Signify will provide GreenPower LED technology for Iceland’s first vertical farm
- Iceland’s climate and rocky landscape pose obvious challenges for traditional agriculture
- VAXA’s partnership with Signify’s horticultural lighting experts extends beyond the provision of hardware
Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, is providing GreenPower LED technology for VAXA, Iceland’s first vertical farm. Vertical farming is where agriculture is carried out in controlled indoor conditions, where crops are grown under LED lighting in systems of stacked trays. With its cold climate and rocky, volcanic landscape, Iceland poses obvious challenges for traditional methods of farming, making it an ideal environment to explore the possibilities of vertical agriculture.
Showing how challenges can stimulate human inventiveness, Andri Bjorn Gunnarsson, founder and CEO of VAXA, initiated his country’s first and only vertical farm in 2017. Gunnarsson started VAXA, located outside Reykjavik, having worked in finance in the UK and Switzerland. His childhood friend, Andri Gudmundsson, joined a little later as his co-founder and partner. Trained as a physicist, Gudmundsson had also worked in finance, in Stockholm. “Like pretty much all good ideas, this started over a beer,” Gunnarsson says with a smile. “I always had the dream of starting my own company.”