Published December 28, 2017

Generous crop yields in any climate

Netled’s enclosed multi-layer cultivation system enables the quick growth of abundant crops both in the bitter cold of northern climates and the hot and dry regions of southern climates. The cultivation system follows the principles of the circular economy.

Problem

Climate change has made weather and crop predictions unreliable. While arable farming requires the right kinds of weather conditions, greenhouses use a lot of energy and fresh water. In warmer climates, a great deal of water is spent on just cooling down plants. These problems disrupt the availability of farming products, and the availability of certain food products can be restricted in certain stores.

Solution: vertical farming technology partnerships

Netled creates enclosed multi-layer farming solutions where the cultivation process is conducted in a controlled environment and isolated from the weather. With the help of LED lighting and a high amount of carbon dioxide, the entire growth potential of plants can be harnessed and even achieve a 50 per cent increase in crop yields when compared to traditional greenhouses. Vertical farming also enables a 95 per cent reduction in fresh water use, since the plants no longer need to waste water combating the heat generated by the sun.

Revenue logic and benefits for Netled

Netled sells an integrated vertical farming system for its customers which includes designing, testing, maintaining and servicing the system. The solution is created on the basis of a partnership model, where Netled delivers its technology on a large scale to firms and organisations, such as wholesalers, food supply chains and funds. These partners possess the necessary contacts at the consumers, which lets Netled focus on developing its farming technologies.

Benefits to customers and end users

As the customers’ technological partner, Netled helps to keep the customers’ crops profitable. Enclosed vertical farming can be done close to consumers. This helps to reduce the costs of logistics and end-user prices.

FACTS

Netled in a nutshell

Main business: electrotechnical design; energy-efficient solutions for vegetable production

Established: 2007

Net sales: €1-50 million

Circular economy solution launch year: 2016

Share of the circular economy solution of the total business: 60%

Employees: 1-10

Based: Honkajoki

Website: www.netled.fi

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