LettUs Grow, a technology company, has developed Aeroponic Rolling Benches in partnership with Crop Health & Protection Ltd. and Stockbridge Technology Centre. This technology combines ultrasonic aeroponic irrigation with rolling bench systems to improve crop production on a large scale. The Aeroponic Rolling Benches were tested alongside hydroponic systems to confirm their viability and effectiveness. The company held an event to unveil the technology and gather feedback from industry professionals. The feedback received was positive and the team will continue to develop the technology in the next round of testing with CHAP in 2023 with the goal of meeting the needs of growers and horticulture engineering providers, helping them to improve operational and environmental efficiencies, particularly in light of rising commodity prices and net-zero targets.
Since the summer of 2022, LettUs Grow, a technology firm, has been working with partners Crop Health & Protection Ltd. (CHAP) and Stockbridge Technology Centre to trial an innovation called Aeroponic Rolling Benches. This technology combines ultrasonic aeroponic irrigation with the practicality of rolling bench systems. By using this technology, large-scale greenhouse growers and vertical farmers can optimize crop production and operate aeroponics on a hectare scale. The Aeroponic Rolling Benches were tested alongside hydroponic versions within CHAP’s Vertical Farming Development Centre, to compare performance and confirm their viability in the large-scale growing arena.
To gather feedback from industry professionals, LettUs Grow hosted an exclusive showcase event to unveil the technology. This offered a unique opportunity for the engineering team to take comments and observations through to the next stages of development. The Lead Project Engineer, Temi Odanye, led the technology development and installation at Stockbridge Technology Centre. The team was encouraged by the feedback they received from guests. They will be taking the learnings from the trials to the next round of testing with CHAP in 2023.
The goal of the Aeroponic Rolling Benches is to meet the needs of growers and horticulture engineering providers and help them achieve continuous improvement in their operational and environmental efficiencies. Dr. Harry Langford, Innovation Lead at CHAP, who oversaw the validation trials within the Vertical Farming Development Centre, commented that this project is timely in setting out to meet the challenge of rising commodity prices and to reach Net Zero targets.
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