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Present and future in vertical farming

19th September 2023
Sheryl Miles

Coming soon to VertiFarm, the international trade fair for Next Level Farming and New Food Systems, Würth Elektronik will be showing how modern electronic components and expertise in food production can make innovations possible.

At booth 4.D24, the manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components, together with lighting specialist ENGEL LIGHTING, will present concepts and technologies for vertical farming.

From 26—28 September 2023, experts and decision-makers from all over the world will come to Dortmund to find innovative ideas, high-tech innovations, and products and services for a sustainable food supply. The focus of the exhibition is on controlled cultivation systems for plants, along with solutions for fish, algae, and insect farming, and the production of mushrooms and cell-based or cell-cultured meat.

Connected vertical farming

At the trade fair, Würth Elektronik will demonstrate how vertical farming with LEDs, or smart farming with control via IoT, works. The focus will be on plant-optimised lighting with horticulture LEDs, as well as real-time monitoring and remote control of sensors and actuators via wireless connectivity.

Vertical farming in practice

The economic aspects of vertical farming will be the subject of a presentation, ‘Vertical Farming: profitable or not? – It all depends on the application,’ by Johann Waldherr, Business Development Manager Electronic Power and Lightning Solutions at Würth Elektronik eiSos, on 27th September. Waldherr will present various use cases, as well as research projects for increasing efficiency.

Show what works

"In view of the growing population, advancing climate change, and rising transport costs, we need to make our food production more effective, environmentally friendly, and closer to the consumer, both now and in the future. In this context, vertical farming is a sensible and necessary complement to traditional agriculture," explains Alexander Gerfer, CTO at Würth Elektronik eiSos. "Here at VertiFarm, we are showing what is possible, what can already be implemented today – with concepts that we helped develop, with components that we can deliver immediately from stock, even in large quantities. We support our customers with free laboratory samples and know-how. The result is mature products like those presented by lighting specialist ENGEL LIGHTING at our joint booth."

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