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.’