The company has installed a prototype inside a cylindrical steel tank at its headquarters in Milagro. This installation has 312 square metres of useful cultivation surface area spread over twenty-four levels. The ‘Life Farmitank’ project, led by the firm Parcitank, also involves CNTA, Floréale and Hermanos Torres Cornago.
The ‘Life Farmitank’ project, which was launched in September 2021, has entered a new phase of trials and cultivation tests. Thus, over the next year, Florette will analyse the advantages and opportunities that vertical farming represents thanks to the prototype that it has installed at its headquarters in Milagro.
To this end, the company has equipped itself with an innovative installation located inside a cylindrical steel tank. It has 312 square metres of useful cultivation surface area spread over twenty-four levels. In addition, the research team also has a storage and planting room next to an entrance hall and an irrigation room. The research carried out in this prototype will last for a year and will focus on the cultivation of lettuce, aromatic herbs and micro-sprouts.
It is a turnkey system, “modular, scalable and dismountable, with a minimum land occupation and with the possibility of integrating up to thirty levels of cultivation”, according to the promoters of this initiative. Inside, the lighting, climate and irrigation conditions are fully controlled thanks to the control software developed as part of this project. Thanks to this system, it will be possible to carry out life cycle analyses of the products and control the carbon footprint associated with the production process.
In ‘Life Farmitank’, led by the firm Parcitank, CNTA, Floréale and Hermanos Torres Cornago are also participating in addition to the aforementioned Florette.