Comparison of traditional trusses, greenhouses and vertical enclosed trusses
Methods of vertical farming
Hydroponics refers to the technique of growing plants without soil. In hydroponic systems, plant roots are immersed in liquid solutions containing macronutrients (such as nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, potassium, calcium and magnesium) and trace elements (including iron, chlorine, manganese, boron, zinc, copper and molybdenum). Inert (chemically inactive) media such as gravel, sand, and sawdust are also used as soil substitutes to provide root support.
Aquaponics, unlike hydroponics, takes it one step further by integrating the production of terrestrial plants with that of aquatic organisms in a closed system that mimics the biosphere. Nutrient-rich wastewater from aquariums is filtered by a particulate removal unit and then sent to a biofilter, where toxic ammonia is converted into nutrient nitrate. By absorbing the nutrients, the plants then purify the waste water, which is returned back to the aquariums
Unlike conventional hydroponics and aquaponics, aeroponics requires no liquid or solid growing medium. Instead, a liquid solution with nutrients is misted into air chambers where the plants are suspended. Aeroponics is the most promising technology for growing without soil because it uses up to 90% less water than the most efficient conventional hydroponic systems and does not requireбует замены питательной среды.
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How to make vertical farming profitable
Vertical farming is the future. It solves so many problems that traditional agriculture has faced for centuries. But one problem still exists, and it scares agribusinesses and technology companies away from going vertical: It’s not easy to implement vertical greenhouse farming technology to make it profitable at scale.
Vertical farming requires a lot of upfront investment and high ongoing costs for electricity, building rent and computing power.
This makes the final price of vertical farming products higher than the average cost on the market. For example, if you grow wheat and want to replace the traditional field method of growing on an indoor farm, the final price of a loaf of bread could be around $11.
Even if you sell this bread as local, organic and of exceptional quality, the price will bite for regular consumers.
To make a vertical farm business profitable, you must consider several factors that affect your return on investment: market size, crop diversity, the scalability of the internal system, and the level of technology implemented. When building a vertical farm, you should focus on areas as your target markets.
The main advantage of vertical farming is the ability to produce fresh produce, which means delivery times need to be as short as possible to get them to customers’ tables. However, this also makes it difficult to scale a vertical farming business.
You have to establish a local presence in target areas close to your customers. Scalable technology can be expensive if you need to build your own IT infrastructure to run software and implement AI, machine learning, big data or the Internet of Things in agriculture. Often, when you buy an off-the-shelf vertical farm solution, you’ll overpay for scaling it to new farms.
SaaS business models that offer access to software on a subscription basis can save a lot of money. With SaaS solutions, you pay only for the technology you need, rather than buying the entire toolkit. This means you can exclude, for example, agricultural drone data interpretation if it’s not applicable to your business.
Custom vertical software development and custom software design are often seen as costly options.
But by investing in your own vertical farming solution, you will be the one who chooses which functionality to implement.
Ultimately, you can later market your solution at scale to provide other farmers with the right set of technologies. In theory, vertical farming can be used to grow any crop.
However, there are a few types of produce most suitable for growing indoors: leafy greens, climate-dependent fruits and herbs. Some high-calorie crops, including rice, wheat and vegetables such as potatoes, will still be grown conventionally.
Food is a commodity that is always in demand. Higher prices for food grown indoors can be offset by a well-defined strategy, customer focus and advanced technology. Do you have a vertical farming project and need advice or expertise in consulting, management and engineering scalability and advanced technology? Choose Marrbery as your partner and we can help you meet your challenges.
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