Fully automated vertical farming

An indoor ecosystem where plants thrive through automatically generated and applied recipes of weather.

Limitations of current indoor farming systems on the market

Current models of vertical farms struggle to grow a wide enough range of high quality crops profitably and at scale.

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Stacking growing space requires power-hungry automation and mechanics.

Power costs are driven up by a combination of inefficient lighting and weak ventilation.

Monocultures breed pests and require tight, balanced environmental control or pesticides.

The industry has generated lots of attention and investment but profitability remains elusive.

IGS has solved all these challenges

Welcome to the starting gate.

Total Controlled Environment Agriculture

We’ve built the world’s finest TCEA platform that truly represents the future of indoor farming. Each element of the system interacts with our platform and proven off-the-shelf components. Our patented technology means you can control environmental elements, including lighting, watering and nutrient delivery. We’ve designed it with economy and simplicity in mind, so we’ve minimised the electronics and completely removed computers and cabling.

The platform also interacts with external energy sources to deliver optimised power usage day and night, with the ability to alternate between power sources to ensure energy costs are as low as possible.

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Benefits and capabilities

Benefits

  • Manages light, temperature, water, nutrients and gases
  • Fully automated Growth Tray systems support all these variables
  • 100% robotic handling if required
  • IoT enabled remote monitoring and control of all systems
  • Controls enabled at farm/tower/tray/LED strip level 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Dynamic lighting utilised on each LED strip
  • Full closed-loop watering control
  • Full closed-loop air sterilisation and conditioning control
  • Humidity harvested from air
  • CO2 / O2 continuously balanced
  • Data capture direct to SaaS platform

Capabilities

  • Radical cost savings: power, installation, maintenance
  • Supports LED dimming, pulsing and colour-mixing to impact crop growth and quality
  • No loss of efficiency
  • Significantly greater productivity: yield, quality, consistency
  • In-tray Ventilation delivers +/-1.5°c variation across the crop
  • Artificial Intelligence enables recipe experimentation and optimisation
  • Designed to operate anywhere, globally
  • No pesticides, no crop washing required
  • Plants monitored for reaction to recipe changes
  • Grow multiple crops or varieties per tray
  • 30-50% faster crop cycles
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A growth-focused partner

All of our systems are modular and built with your business growth in mind. We supply the kit to your location, the construction and assembly partners. We can help with your financial planning and advise on the infrastructure services (energy, water, web) that you’ll need.

We also partner with the James Hutton Institute https://www.hutton.ac.uk/ to provide you with world class crop science, plant breeding and varietal selection advise.

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Each tray supports plants in plugs or pots and is irrigated by an independent crane-based lift. Cameras monitor growth activity recording time-lapse photography and we use Google images to estimate crop age so the system can determine plant needs. 

Underneath each tray, ventilated LED light strips illuminate on the growth tray below. There are approximately 1100 LEDs per tray.

We’ve built drains into the trays that circulate water back into the irrigation system. The tower ecosystem, in concert with the facility’s HVAC controls, is calibrated achieve ideal humidity for plant growth and helps to further reduce water usage. Humidity is condensed, captured, cleaned and recycled.

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Interested in learning more about our systems?

Get in touch and we'd be delighted to tell you more.