The Real Leaders Eco-Innovation Awards is an annual global ranking of companies that strive to make a greater sustainable impact in prominent sectors of the world’s economy. Honoring companies applying innovative environmental solutions for a brighter future and aligned with the UN SDG’s. This year, two CEA companies have been classified among the top 50 companies.
AeroFarms & CubicFarm Systems Awarded:
In the 19th position of this year’s Real Leaders eco-innovation award, we find Aerofarms. The Newark-based indoor farming company has been one of the precursors in the indoor vertical farming industry, developing efficient technologies in order to use 95% less water than field-farmed food and up to 99% less land with no pesticide use. The company has a global presence with its research facility expected to open in Abu Dhabi in due course and is capable of growing various varieties of greens and plants.
The other controlled environment agriculture company awarded this year is CubicFarm Systems (40th position). The company has constantly researched methods to reduce energy consumption within its modules and has a partnership with Deloitte for a carbon program. Its vertical pasture division also enables farmers to grow fresh, nutritious livestock feed year-round. The company has already an important presence in North America, signing important deals as well as expanding its production capacity to meet the demand for its products.
Companies Providing Solutions For CEA Operators
Other companies involved in the controlled environment agriculture industry have been recognized in this year’s real leaders award, Including:
- Moleaer 10th position: The company designed the latest patented nanobubble system to treat and optimize irrigation water, promote plant growth, and reduce water and chemical usage. The company recently announced the launch of Lotus™, Moleaer’s nanobubble systems utilize a highly efficient gas-injection technology that converts bulk oxygen into nanobubbles and supersaturates irrigation water with elevated levels of dissolved oxygen, leading to healthier and more robust crops. The company recently announced the closing of its $40 million Series C financing round led by funds managed by Apollo (NYSE: APO) and joined by Husqvarna, a strategic partner, and existing investors.
- EcoLogic Solutions 44th position: EcoLogic Solutions’ Electro-Chemically Activated (ECA) cleaning and disinfection technology is an alternative to everyday products that are polluting, toxic, and mass-used across many market verticals–from indoor hydroponic farms to cruise ships, food production to healthcare.
- Scale Microgrid Solutions 30th position: Scale Microgrid Solutions’ proprietary modular microgrid system, the Rapid Response Modular Microgrid, facilitates rapid access to cheaper, resilient, and sustainable energy by reducing project development times. In 2019, Scale worked with Bowery Farming, a prominent vertical farming company in Kearny, New Jersey, to develop a more reliable renewable energy solution for its state-of-the-art facility, reducing their carbon dioxide equivalents by over 450,000 lbs per year.