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Vertical farm moves to 100% renewable energy

06 June 2022

Future Crops has taken its vertical farm off the grid by shifting to a reliance on 100% renewable energy. This move also sees the company solving the primary hurdle to bringing the industry to a greater carbon-neutral position. 

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Over the past decade, vertical farms have been offering a creative method of boosting food resilience and bringing food sources closer to home. However growing crops in a controlled indoor environment can be energy intensive. 

Future Crops operates a state-of-the art, multilevel indoor vertical farm in ABC Westland, Netherlands. The facility grows pesticide-free leafy green vegetables and herbs in a unique, proprietary soil substrate.

Future Crops began operations in 2018 with ambitions to reach zero carbon emissions. This spurred the company to choose a site that was already crowned with a structure of 18,000 solar panels that could limit its reliance on conventional fossil fuel forms of energy. 

This year the company also started exploiting wind energy generated by local farming communities, bringing reliance on renewable energy to 100%.

All of the company‚Äôs resources are reused and recycled, including 97% of the water. Soil substrate that has undergone several growth cycles is sold to other growers who treat and reuse it. 

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