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Food Autonomy teamed up with GreeenTech to help set up remotely controlled urban farms

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The customer

GreeenTech is a Prague-based Czech company that specializes in the research and development of hydroponic technologies to be used in container farms and vertical farms set up in buildings. The aim of their business is to enable people to grow agricultural crops anytime and anywhere in the world. They are involved in developing innovative solutions for the local production of leafy vegetables, herbs and small fruits through their own hydroponic cultivation technology complete with an IOT control system created in cooperation with Siemens. The uniqueness of the solution provided by GreeenTech lies in the development of a tailor-made hydroponic farming technology.

The expectations

Given that crops are not exposed to natural light on the hydroponic farms, selecting the right lighting solution was at utmost importance to GreeenTech. On top of that, GreeenTech also wished to purchase a product that can be controlled by their own PLC system for the convenience of the end users. Other factors, like easy installation and variable spectrum, which is a rather unique offering in the market were in their expectations as well.

The solution

GreeenTech’s quest for the best lighting solution provider led them to Food Autonomy, whose variable spectrum LED luminaries proved to be the perfect match as the light sources have been designed and created only for the purposes of a growing container. The solution included a variable customized four-channel spectrum LED vertical farming lightbar, which offer the highest performance in their category and are extremely easy to install. The luminaries are controlled remotely and allow users to adjust the colour spectrum and light intensity independently for each growing rack, which is a game-changer for large-scale urban farms.

In addition to the lights, Food Autonomy also provided a tailor-made lighting design with the help of the company’s engineers and designers. Variable spectrum luminaries are a powerful tool for growers in terms of adopting a “dynamic light recipe approach,” which is a rather unique offering in the market.

“Another factor that weighed heavily in favour of Food Autonomy was the fact that the lighting solution developed together with them was compatible with the software and system we already had in place,” said Milan Souček, CTO at GreeenTech.

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“We were searching for a lighting solution, and we realized that Food Autonomy luminaries and the automation solutions provided by them are ideal for our needs because they are well suited for research purpose. Using variable spectrum luminaries allows us to grow a wide range of plants. In addition, customers have a high degree of flexibility in deciding what kind of plants they want to grow or in switching from one crop to the other,” said Milan Souček, CTO at GreeenTech.

The result

From the initial experiments, using the Food Autonomy lightbars brought excellent results to GreeenTech. Through a dynamic recipe the Czech company is able to save on energy costs and they are customizing the spectrum to their particular needs from time to time.

GreeenTech used the luminaries at the expo in Dubai, which was running for 6 months. The cultivation container was set up in a restaurant and the plants were at great use in there. As part of a cooperation with the Technical University in Prague, Food Autonomy lights were installed at small hydroponic farm set up by GreeenTech where student were able to conduct research and testing.

If you have any questions, please contact our specialist:

Vaclav Kubes
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+420 774487870

Prague, Czech Republic

The product

Indoor Vertical Farming lightbars

Indoor Vertical Farming lightbars

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