ties, including the fact that frozen groundduring winter is no longer an obstacle,”the company says on its website.
The result is healthy crops that thriveunder the perfect balance of light, air,humidity, and nutrition. Its products areamong the safest and healthiest offered toconsumers. Its products require 95% lesswater and shipping, and 99% less land.Residents in the Midwest can purchaseproducts at Whole Foods, Walmart, andmany other grocery stores.
The most critical component to LivingGreens’ method is a patented travelingcarriage system. The system allows theplants to receive a consistent supply of nutrient-rich water. Living Greens received apatent in 2016 for its irrigation system. Thesystem developed over more than a decadeof research and development.
“Living Greens Farm was a science andengineering operation for many yearswhile we worked to make our proprietaryaeroponic grow systems commerciallyviable,” Klingler said. “There were manychallenges along the way. Many differentversions of the systems were developed,tried, scrapped, or refined. That went onfor years.”
The traverse system used by LivingGreens includes a 16-ft energy chain manufactured by igus, the Germany-basedmanufacturer of motion plastics. The company runs its North American operationsout of Providence, R.I.
The H4-32 energy chain from igus isfrequently used in applications that require high speeds and/or accelerations,quiet operation, and long travels. It isalso used in applications where high fillweights are needed, such as the case withLiving Greens.
A water line is set into the energy chain,and the system runs 24 hours a day and 7days a week throughout the year. LivingGreens has 74 traverse systems in placeat its Minnesota location, and 12 more ata sister farm. Klingler said the companyis also working to license its technologyto people interested in starting their ownfarms in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Each energy chain disperses 130,000 gallons of water each day, about 5,417 gallons per hour.
“With the world population rapidly expand- ing and the land required for farming rapidly diminishing, vertical farming isexpected to grow significantly over the next few years.”
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