The Delphy Team Vertical Farming focuses on developing and implementing cultivation knowledge for commercial Vertical Farms. In this way, Team VF is responding to the knowledge demand that arises from the fully indoor cultivation of crops. Due to the absence of natural factors that determine production in conventional crops, known cultivation knowledge for Vertical Farms must be adapted and partly redeveloped. The Team VF fulfills a bridging function in this between fundamental research on the one hand and practice on the other.
Research in our own Vertical Farms
In the Improvement Centre in Bleiswijk (Netherlands) Delphy’s Vertical Farm research centre is located. In addition to the existing research cells, we are currently building our new high-tech, practice-oriented research cells. A large (> 80m2) climate cell is being built for the fully indoor cultivation of tall crops such as tomatoes and a multi-layer cell with four layers for the cultivation of lower crops such as leafy greens or young plant material. The chosen technology in these cells (including the air treatment and the homogenity of the air flow) make the results of the tests scalable to commercial format and of high quality.
This project is made possible in part by the European Fund for Regional Development of the European Union and a contribution from the Province of South Holland.
When designing a new vertical farm facility, it is important that the crop is included in the design phase from the start. Delphy’s Team Vertical Farming provides functional design for a variety of different crops. Just like the functional designs that Delphy draws up for greenhouse cultivation, the functional design of Team VF describes in detail the exact cultivation specifications of the crop such as desired climate, irrigation and light strategy and other cultivation-related parameters. A functional design thus provides the cultivation-related information that serves as input for the technical (engineering) design.
Training & Education
Team Vertical Farming provides online courses and on-site training on crop production in a vertical farm. On the one hand, there is a focus on practical treatment of the theory that determines cultivation strategy. In addition, practical aspects are discussed: what is practical when growing crops in a vertical farm?
Advice on cultivation strategy
Delphy provides cultivation advice to Vertical Farm growers and improves their cultivation methods in a holistic way. The crop is central and the focus of the advice is on understanding the direct interaction between the crop and the technical installation. Crop production is improved by jointly analyzing and optimizing these. This advice includes the use of different crop and climate sensors. In addition to collecting data, we also support customers in the interpretation and processing of this data. In this way we offer (remote) cultivation support to commercial Vertical Farms, both small and large, worldwide.