30 May '18, 7pm

New System Significantly Reduces Power Consumption of Vertical Farms

New System Significantly Reduces Power Consumption of Vertical Farms

vFarm, by design student Jonny Reader, uses OLEDs – organic light-emitting diodes – and smart automation to significantly reduce the amount of power used in vertical farming. The new system will be unveiled at Made in Brunel in June. “Current agriculture uses 70 percent of the world’s pumped water, and accounts for 70 percent of water contamination and 33 percent of global warming,” according to Reader. “Vertical farming is a way of taking it inside – you use five percent of the water traditional farming uses and don’t need pesticides, because you’re in an enclosed environment.” Current vertical farms use traditional LEDs, however, vFarm uses OLEDs, which produce less heat and have a higher energy efficiency. Importantly, OLED panels are also significantly thinner than their LED equivalents, meaning greater yields can be achieved at shorter heights. While the price of OLED...

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