Under terms of the agreement, Biodynamics will construct a 254,528 sq. ft. PV solar glass hydroponic vegetable greenhouse for GH Farms Group, with construction expected to start in the third quarter of 2018. The project, incorporating Biodynamics’ industry-leading fully automated off-grid greenhouse technology, will cultivate vegetables hydroponically using Biodynamics’ proprietary controlled environment agriculture (CEA) growing systems and techniques.
“We welcome this opportunity to show that our greenhouses are the market’s best – climate-controlled by a positive pressure HVAC system with water and nutrients managed by an IBM Watson AI computer-automated irrigation system,” noted Trisha Madden, CEO of Biodynamics.
“We are very pleased to be moving forward with the vegetable-growing sector of our operations,” said Greengro Technologies CEO James Haas. “Our indoor growing technologies have enormous potential across many types of agriculture applications and we expect to become a major competitor in the space.”
Haas noted that Biodynamics’ unique PV solar glass hydroponic greenhouses are an environmentally beneficial and economically lucrative alternative to traditional farming methods that are stressful to the environment and present growers with significant operational and economic challenges.
Separately, Greengro Technologies announced progress with a $25 million project signed in February 2017 with Global Renewable Resources LLC (GRR), Shaker Heights, Ohio. The City of Warren, Ohio’s Mayor William D. Franklin recently committed the needed land to develop the project. “The backers of this project are not shy about their intentions to confront the disturbing trend of population decline in this region,” said Franklin. “With careful attention paid to the realities of our current commercial environment, this project helps to inject new opportunities in the community because it has the capability to create exceptional produce and services for a growing market. I support this development and look forward to working with GRR to realize the full potential of this project through land assembly and other supports.”
GRR is a startup specializing in sustainable technologies and renewable energy. After securing the land for the greenhouse project from the City of Warren, GRR management is currently working on completing the project’s capital raise, expected to be closed by the end of second quarter of 2018.
In other news, Greengro has completed all project planning for the Foodraiser Project in Columbus, Ohio as contracted, and is currently waiting for Foodraiser management to respond with a timeline for the completion of land acquisition and financing.
According to a 2016 report published by Markets and Markets Research, the indoor farming market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 24.8% from 2016 and reach USD $5.80 billion by 2022. Based on detailed analysis of all factors impacting the vertical farming market, expected growth will reach the highest CAGR between 2016 and 2022.
Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is an advanced and intensive form of hydroponic agriculture. Plants are grown within a controlled environment so that best horticultural practices can be implemented. CEA structures optimize the use of resources such as water, energy, space, capital and labor. CEA itself is a combination of engineering, plant science and computer managed greenhouse control technologies used to optimize plant growing systems, plant quality, and production efficiency. CEA systems regulate components such as the temperature, lighting, and CO2, which allow for stable control of the plant environment. CEA also provides separate control of the root-zone environment. CEA provides secure, healthy, and cost-effective year-round production of many premium edible, ornamental, and high-value plant species. CEA agricultural technology enables growers to control a crop’s environment to the desired conditions. CEA technologies include greenhouse, hydroponics, aquaculture and aquaponics. Controlled variables include temperature, humidity, pH balance and nutrient analysis.