Vertical Farm - save our land - grow with vertical farm - grow it far away from urban areas.
Here are the reasons why people are talking about vertical farming: vertical farms use 90% less of water, use 90% less land and produces 90% more fruit and vegetables. Vertical Farms also brings fressher vegetables to the town and vertical farming will increase efficiencies in rural farming, even to the extend that it would prevent rural folks from migrating to the urban areas to seek job as there are a lot of spin-off industries like energy production including the new field of green hydrogen. Although vertical farming is intended for the urban areas, it nevertheless will transform rural farming into a new industry worthy of the attention of the authorities!
The Vertical Farm model as espoused by Iskandar Project is different from the conventional in that it is an enclosed entity in order to prevent the ingress of worms and pest. It is also Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) enabled as critical elements leading to plant growth is measured and controlled. With CEA, there will be efficient dosing of nutrients, lighting and water. As it is, there is no need to spray insecticide so its production is safe for consumption. Further more, the model also incorporates energy production and water harvesting from the atmosphere. It is thus self contained, and even more it is able to operate on a semi-automatic model with remote monitoring and activation thrown in.
The first of its kind Self Sustaining Vertical Farm - with water and electrical power
You can now do vertical farming in far remote places where electrical power and water is not available. Remote rural areas come to mind. Vertical Farms are designed with their own power system and it also has its own system of water capture to be environmentally friendly. Electric power is obtained from from its solar panels and water is captured from the air. The system is also designed with automation as it is endowed with sensors to enable remote sensing. Embedded actuators will allow remote dosing of water and nutrients. Furthermore, the system is also endowed with temperature control so that you can grow exotic crops that require a cool climate.
The vertical farming technique espoused by Iskandar Project is very scalable. As most of its vital parts are positioned at the top, it is designed in such a way that the upper layers (solar and water harvesting) can be expanded and also connected to each other to form a strong framework such that it will be able to withstand strong winds. And because there is a lot of connections, elements like IoT and Actuators can be embedded to help automation of the system. So if it is installed in the rural areas, the automation system will allow less manpower usage which is criticle to rural farming. This is a new perspective for governments to explore in their planings to prevent people from migrating to the urban centers to seek jobs.
Advantages of self sustaining vertical farm.
* Generates its own Renewable Energy
Iskandar's Vertical Farm module is a self sustainable agrarian ecosystem that is capable of generating its own energy from the sun. It obtains its energy via a series of solar panels hung from above the structure and together with a electrical accumulator, powers the system needs. In certain circumstances, wind power may also be utilised as mini wind turbines may be added into the system. But nedless to say, when electrical power is available, the system will be able to be installed in remote places where grid power is not available. Thus, the system is designed with the environment in mind having not to require the burning of fossil fuel to sustain its activities.
What are the reasons for Vertical Farm?
Well, one of the main reason is because there is not sufficient land to plant crops. This is especially so in poor rural areas where villagers often can only afford to own (or lease) small plots of land. So elevating the planting above the ground looks like a logical step although it will come with a cost. Another reason is that due to overcroping the land is often infertile as there is very little fertilizer to be sowed due again to being too poor. Now, when we can elevate the planting, we can also use hydroponics to model our planting which will afford plenty of control:control of nutrients and water. When we use a protective shading to cover the vertical farm framework, then we will also have the power to ward off insect pest and that give us the ability to grow vegetables without the use of insecticides. That in a way will help us increase our outputs. And for the poor farmer, that is a big bonus and not forgeting that it is less prone of being flooded.
Iskandar's Vertical Farm System is endowed with water catchment capability: it is able to catch water in two ways, one from a patented water catchment from morning air and the other from rain. When water is available, there is nothing that you cannot grow so the system is suitable for far remote places where water is normally not available. Thus, the system is also suitable for arid regions where rain does not come often. Where arid regions are concerned, the system comes with an underground water storage system together with a pumping system powered from the sun. Water is life!
* Expandable to huge vertical farm without sacrifycing on land use
Iskandar's Vertical Farm is easily expanded by additional of vertical stags anchored to the core pile which could be more than 30 meters high. Furthermore, these vertical stags can be easily lowered for maintainance purposes. Additionally, these individual cores can be connected into each other to form a strong structural system covering a wide acreage forming an estate for economies of scale.
Iskandar's Vertical Farms can be semi or fully automatic depending on the requirements. It is capable of being run on automation because it has its own power system.
* Very Small foot print
Iskandar's Vertical Farms only requires a small footprint as it is installed above existing food crops. There is no need for land clearings.
* Remote control
Iskandar's Vertical Farming is designed with Industry 4.0 elelments to afford remote sensing and control.
* Environmental control - emits little CO2
Iskandar's Vertical Farm are designed with their own environmental controls like suitable temperature for exotic fruit crops; grapes and strawberry.
One of the reasons for vertical farming is to bring its products nearer to the urban centers because buyers come from the cities. Thus when you have farms nearer to the town centers or even right in town, you will need less transportation and therefor cost less. But there are consequances though for example rural farmers might find themselves out of a job! Foreseeing such a dilemma, Iskandar Project people has thought out a better idea which is to incorporate other business besides just farming. As the model espoused by Iskandar Project also produces its own energy, it goes to say that farmers using such a model will be able to also produce energy. In other words they can diversify into a sunrise industry like the production of hydrogen. Now, hydrogen is a sunrise industry because you have many countries trying their hand in replacing the use of fossil fuel with hydrogen. Future cars, trains, industries and even air planes will be switching to hydrogen and that is a given. Not only that, it also harvest water from the atmosphere! So there is both power and water available:that you can do many things.
One of the bright spot for vertical farm model by Iskandar Project is that of the production of fertilizer. How is it so? Well, as vertical farm model also produce electrical energy, it could be used for the production of hydrogen which will form the feedstock for the production of ammonia. Amonia is itself a form of energy storage as its liquidfied form can be transported. Production of fertilizers will form the bulk of the activity of farmers practicing the Iskandar Project's Vertical Farm model.
The very versatile Iskandar Project's Vertical Farm Model capable of producing vegetables, fish, prawn, electricity, water, hydrogen, ammonia, plastics, textiles and explosives.
The very versatile Iskandar Project's Vertical Farm model is designed for the inteprid farmer who have faced all sorts of disasters like flood, storms, no rain and many others. Farmers both small and big also have to face with low prices and over production issues. The vertical farm as espoused by Iskandar Project is to help farmers ride over all these disasters by way of diversification. Farmers now will be food and energy producers:something that everyone should take notice. The decentralising of energy production will in a way help bring back people to the rural areas as there is plenty of jobs around. There will be a shift in economic activities to the one centered around the rural regions. There will result in less pollution, less traffic jams and less demand in urban housing thus bringing about a reverse in industrialisation of urban settings.