Sometimes it makes perfect sense to eliminate changing climatic conditions completely by creating the perfect combination of heat, light, humidity, CO2, water and fertiliser within a building or enclosure.
This has always been true in research situations, but more and more the concept of a totally controlled environment is taking hold in the commercial world, by enabling production in regions where the local climate is too challenging, urban farming in towns or cities where open space is unavailable, or simply by giving the grower a more reliable tool for consistent quality and increased output.
CMW partner organisation Certhon is already a leader in the field. Certhon have developed packaged growth chambers which provide the optimum combination of cooling, heating, humidity control, irrigation, lighting and CO2 for perfect crop production. Furthermore, everything can be built in to a portable unit ( such as a 20' or 40' container) which can be placed virtually anywhere providing power and water are available and, with Certhon’s Phytotron control system, monitoring and control can be carried out remotely in real time.
Multi layer growth chambers make high output at propagation achievable from a relatively small chamber footprint, and automation of the transport of growing crops means that manual labour is reduced or sometimes eliminated.
- Research Arid or arctic regions
- Industrial buildings
- Intensive lettuce and herb production
- Plant propagation
- Urban farming