Developing viable, sustainable and autonomous farming technologies
Smart Farms that are self-sufficient plant factories that use artificial intelligence, IoT, big data, analytics, and cloud/edge technologies to produce clean, safe, healthy, and nutritious food.
Controlled Environment Agriculture
Controlled Environment Agriculture is the process of growing produce in a closed ecosystem while managing a number of variables. The goal of this method is to reduce disease and pest threats, maximize efficiency, increase sustainability and yield, and reduce overall operating costs. CEA frequently employs automation techniques to gain greater control over a variety of farming factors. Automation of humidity, light, carbon dioxide levels, temperature, and nutrition is included.
Automatic monitoring and control of air temperature, humidity, CO2 and Air Quality within precise tolerances for optimal growth of the produce
Automated monitoring and control of lighting to render specific lighting pattern recipes, giving the plants the intensity, and frequency they need for photosynthesis
Automatic dosing system continuously measures the pH and EC values, to make precise adjustments to stay within the limits as per the plant growing recipes
Automated water and nutrient
irrigation control ensures that
the plants get the exact amount
of nutrient water, while also
recycling and purifying
In a CEA system, plants are grown throughout the year by controlling the key parameters of air temperature, relative humidity, VPD, evapotranspiration, carbon dioxide concentrations and light availability. CEA ensures higher food production vis-a-vis efforts required and enables cultivation even in areas with degraded soil. Vertical farming is an environmentally suitable solution to increase productivity per area as stacked layers of planting can be configured to suit the scale of the grow operation.
- CEA helps to grow a steady and consistent supply of produce throughout the year.
- Whereas outdoor farmers face lots of risks because they are dependent on unreliable weather conditions, CEA controls the inputs making sure the plants have all the conditions that they need to grow to maturity- without any of the risks of volatile weather.
Why Container Based farming?
- Container farms are complete growing systems in a box, meaning farmers can get growing as soon as they are delivered and perform every farm-related task from seeding to harvesting and packaging right inside the container.
- Aeroponic technology powers Cenuara’s container farms. This is a soil-free system that irrigates crops with a nutrient-dense mist, increasing oxygen levels and encouraging healthy root stock.
- Our container farms were also built with the grower in mind. Our Container Farms have a separate preparation area, giving the grower plenty of room to do their job. Our farms are also designed to be easy to navigate and check on your crops.
Why Plant Factory?
- Plant Factory aims to bring about the necessary change in agricultural production by establishing environmentally friendly technological lands that will enable urban production and feed our society with healthy, nutritious, and delicious plants.
The Plant Factory, re-engineered shipping containers, are modular and portable vertical production environments for growing a diverse range of greens in
all weather conditions. The Plant Factory enables growers to achieve year-round consistent vegetable production. To ensure quality and consistency,
the Plant Factory uses artificial control of light, temperature, moisture, and carbon dioxide concentrations. The Plant Factory is an excellent choice for implementing Smart Agriculture techniques. The Plant Factory ensures higher food production in relation to the effort required, and it makes production possible even in difficult or impossible areas. Crop selection, lighting selection, and design are important factors in the success of a plant factory. Plant factories are becoming more viable as technology advances.
With controlled-environment agriculture systems one can control variables such as: lighting (light spectrum and intensity), temperature, humidity, Co2 concentration, airflow, irrigation rate, and fertilizer composition and distribution.
These components vary slightly depending on what type of farming method is being used. The most common vertical farming method used in integration with controlled-environment agriculture is hydroponic farming, whereby produce is grown inside of a water-based system.
Aeroponics, whereby produce is grown with the help of mist, has also been steadily growing over the past several years. While less common, geoponic farming- which is soil-based (such as Vertical Field or greenhouses)
can also be integrated with controlled-environment agriculture technology.
Vertical farm software, such as sensors, monitors, and other data information systems are an important component of controlled-environment agriculture technology, as they enable vertical farm companies to analyze their effectivity, minimize energy and waste, and increase yields.