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Total Indoor Farming Concepts for Large-Scale Production

  • Marc Kreuger
  • Lianne Meeuws
  • Gertjan Meeuws
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Abstract

Indoor farming can contribute to the world food production in the coming decades. Indoor growing would greatly reduce the need for water and pesticides to grow crops and enable the production of safe, clean, nutritious, and affordable food. However, to realize the yields needed, some of the plant’s requirements must be met. For this a climate system was designed where light, temperature, and evaporation are controlled independently. In the modular system, a laminar airflow controls evaporation, independent of light levels and without impact of infrared light. Together with crop models, calculations and predictions of yields can be made, which are necessary to define commercial success in advance.

The Plant Balance Model allows to further increase yields and quality by fine-tuning the specific effects of temperature, evaporation, light, and crop management.

In the modular indoor farm, a large variety of crops can be grown. It can consist of a single-layer growing area dedicated for vine crops like tomato, cucumber, and pepper. Alternatively, a multilayer area can produce herbs, lettuce, and other small crops.

Keywords

Plant balance Tomato Vine crops Indoor farming 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Kreuger
    • 1
  • Lianne Meeuws
    • 1
  • Gertjan Meeuws
    • 1
  1. 1.Seven Steps To Heaven B.VEindhovenThe Netherlands

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