Dutch Future Crops has taken a step further off the grid by switching to 100 percent renewable energy for its vertical farm.
By utilizing the natural green powers of solar and wind energy, the company is also overcoming the primary impediment to the industry becoming significantly more carbon-neutral, all while furthering its sustainability goals.
Vertical farms have been popping up as a creative way to boost food resilience and bring food sources closer to home over the last decade. Multistory indoor farming makes the most of available space by growing food from the ground up in designated horticultural regions or even within densely populated areas. However, growing crops in a controlled indoor environment requires a lot of energy.
Future Crops has a multilevel indoor vertical farm in ABC Westland, the Netherlands, which is Europe’s greenhouse capital. Pesticide-free leafy green vegetables and herbs are grown in this facility. The scale-up developed a unique, proprietary soil substrate in which to grow crops, bringing the vertical farm concept closer to nature and the earth. While many such facilities rely on hydroponics, the scale-up developed a unique, proprietary soil substrate in which to grow crops, bringing the vertical farm concept closer to nature and the earth.
Future Crops started operations in 2018 with the zealous goal of “greening” the entire process and achieving zero carbon emissions. This prompted the company to select a location that already boasted an impressive structure of 18,000 solar panels, allowing it to significantly reduce its reliance on traditional fossil fuel sources of energy.
Future Crops was given the final approval to connect in 2019. This year, the company began utilizing wind energy, bringing its total reliance on renewable energy to 100%. A recent projection-based analysis confirmed the effectiveness of these measures.
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