Scotland’s world-leading knowledge of plant sciences will result in first economically viable vertical indoor farm


At Invergowrie near Dundee, the James Hutton Institute are building the facility with a view to running before the end of this year. The plant will be highly efficient with a relatively small footprint because of its vertical nature and using only the exact amount of energy and water required to produce the crop. Despite this the crop will be of the highest quality.

Here’s what the Hutton report had to say about the advantages of their new system:

‘Vertical farming allows us to provide the exact environmental conditions necessary for optimal plant growth. By adopting the principles of Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA), a system in which all aspects of the growing environment can be controlled, it is possible to eliminate variations in the growing environment, enabling the grower to produce consistent, high quality crops with minimal wastage, in any location, all year round.’


5 thoughts on “Scotland’s world-leading knowledge of plant sciences will result in first economically viable vertical indoor farm

  1. Contrary July 3, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I have been curious about vertical farms since I first heard about it a few months ago, but still haven’t investigated it. The article linked to is too much of a puff piece for me to figure out how it works – but I guess with a patent in the offing they won’t be giving anything away!

    This is a curious thing, from the guardian

    The anonymous blogger, a NHS Scotland manager, says he is no fan of the SNP, repeatedly, but they are doing everything right as far as managing the healthcare system in Scotland is concerned. He is comparing it to the English NHS as well, saying that NHS Scotland is… superior. Gasp, shock. What possessed the guardian to publish this?

    A bit sad that he/she felt the need to remain anonymous while praising the system, and even then still felt the need to keep emphasising that they did not support the SNP – as though what they were saying was in some way toxic. Can society be that backward that singing hate songs in the streets is acceptable, but praising the government is not?


  2. johnrobertson834 July 3, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Puff piece does it for my ;little mind. I shared the Guardian peice but did wonder why she’s not therefore a fan of the SNP.


  3. Contrary July 4, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Thank you for he link Joe, that article was distinctly less puffy. Battery lettuces! Very good point about not having to use pesticides, even though I felt some sympathy for those poor little baby lettuces having no opportunity to see the great outdoors.

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