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Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences Opens New Indoor Farm

At Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, a new indoor farm opens. Seasonless farming is made possible by six indoor rooms and a greenhouse on the top. Dr. Andreas Ulbrich, a professor, will work on the indoor farm to create fresh, climate-independent cultivating techniques for urban vegetable production. The concept includes six indoor farm chambers, a greenhouse with a glass roof, and an innovative energy circulation system. Grown plants include pepper and vanilla plants that have already reached heights of several meters. Plant cultivation enables effective use of height (so-called vertical farming).

Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences opened a new indoor farm to grow Vanilla and Pepper otherwise imported to Europe. The university now can leverage a concept including six indoor farm chambers, a greenhouse with a glass roof, and an innovative energy circulation system.

At the launch, the president of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, professor dr. Andres Bertram emphasized the significance of the new structure: “It is a showcase project because we are researching critical issues for our society and the future. On the other hand, the method we use for our teaching and research assignment is exemplary: lecturers and students collaborate closely with practice in order to draw ideas from it. This demonstrates how, as an applied sciences institution, we offer value.”

The concept for the building was created around six years ago by Andreas Ulbrich, a professor of vegetable production and processing at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, along with Sebastian Deck, a research assistant, and the group from the “Growing Knowledge” research group. He will work on the indoor farm to create novel, climatic-independent farming techniques for growing vegetables in cities. Seasonless farming is made possible by six indoor rooms and a greenhouse on the top. Vertical farming makes effective use of vertical space (so-called vertical farming). Vanilla and pepper plants that have already reached heights of several meters are among the plants growing in the research facility. Just two of the numerous crops that will be cultivated here in the future are pepper and vanilla.

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