Signify is expanding its collaboration with Planet Farms, a leading European operator of vertical farms. As a result, Europe’s largest vertical farm will boost the quality and yield of the crops using the Philips GreenPower LED production module managed by the Philips GrowWise Control System. This will enable Planet Farms to produce the tastiest aromatic herbs and lettuce all year round for its customers in Italy.
Signify has also reached an agreement to provide horticultural LED grow lights to an additional five vertical farms that Planet Farms is planning in the coming years, including locations in Switzerland and the UK.
Planet Farms operates an innovative integrated growth process that starts with the seeds and ends with packaged products. The production process is entirely automated, meaning that consumers are the first humans to touch the crops.
“We started working with Signify five years ago because of the company’s knowledge and expertise of horticultural LEDs and light recipes,” said Luca Travaglini, co-founder and co-CEO of Planet Farms (above). “Thanks to the collaboration we’re able to grow high-quality crops all year round and that’s why we’re now expanding our collaboration. The GrowWise Control System helps us easily adjust light recipes and continuously enhance the taste of our crops, which is crucial for us.”
The Philips GreenPower LED production module, Signify’s latest horticultural LED innovation for vertical farming, helps growers optimise multilayer crop cultivation. By managing the lights with Philips GrowWise Control System, growers can easily create and run custom light recipes on dimmable and colour-controllable modules to meet the needs of different crops and growth phases. This gives growers the ability and flexibility to create and control their own time-based light recipes and improve crop results and operational efficiency in closed, climate-controlled cultivation facilities.
Europe’s largest vertical farm in Cavenago, just north of Milan, is due to be completed later this year; it will cover more than 9,000 m2, the equivalent size of 45 tennis courts.
“We’re proud to provide Europe’s largest vertical farm with our innovative lighting products and knowledge and expertise of light recipes,” said Udo van Slooten, Business Leader Horticulture lighting at Signify. “This next step in our collaboration shows that we can really help vertical farmers around the globe to improve the quality, yield and taste of their produce.
“The plans to build another five farms across Europe shows that vertical farming is rapidly growing and evolving. It’s a thrilling time to be involved in vertical farming, and we’re excited to help shape its future.”