Indoor Vertical Farms
No other farming solution can compete with an indoor vertical farm's ability to optimize plant growth and harvest yields.
Set up inside climate controlled structures, these farms create the perfect environment for plants, by accurately providing plants with the ideal amount of light, water, nutrients, CO2, warmth, and humidity.
Advantages and disadvantages of indoor vertical farms
Advantage: Full control
The absence of external factors such as temperature, sunshine, and humidity allows farmers to accurately set the perfect amount of nutrients, sunlight, water, CO2, warmth, and humidity
Automated controllers react to data gathered by IoT sensors in real time
Advantage: Small footprint
Growing vertically means that the yield per m2 of floor space is multiplied by the number of layers
The result is a yield per m2 of often more than 100kg
This makes indoor vertical farms particularly suitable for urban environments with high real estate prices
While indoor vertical farms can be highly profitable, the initial setup cost for the building and the hydroponic system is expensive
Utility costs for cooling and running LED lights are comparatively higher than in other hydroponic farm setups
Disadvantage: Crop variety
While indoor vertical farms are called "plant factories" due to their high productivity, there are limitations for the crops they can grow
The crops most suitable for indoor vertical farms are lettuces, micro greens, herbs, and strawberries, while larger crops such as tomatoes, capsicum, eggplants, etc are not viable
Left: Container farms are indoor vertical farms set up inside a 40ft shipping container. Fully insulated, and equipped to provide the perfect growing environment, these container farms can often generate over 6 tons of yield using only 3,500 planting spots.
Right: Indoor vertical farms do not only grow using horizontal benches. Tower farms offer a more flexible and mobile solution to growing vertically.