IGS Whitepaper

Optimising Crop Production and Guaranteeing Consistent Supply with IGS's Growth Tower Technology    

A guide to help determine the size of your vertical farm based on how many plants you want to grow, how much space you have available, and how you plan to sell your produce.

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Total Controlled Environment Agriculture

Unpredictable weather patterns caused by climate change make traditional agriculture increasingly challenging. Intelligent Growth Solutions’ (IGS) Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA) enables predictable, consistent, and efficient cultivation of a diverse range of crops in any location, globally. We are currently deploying our vertical farms (we call them Growth Towers) across four continents, empowering our customers to grow high-quality, profitable, and nutritious food sustainably.

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) has its place, but it can leave growers dependent on seasons and weather to ensure a profitable harvest.

IGS takes CEA further with Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA). CEA is reactive and yields inconsistent results, while TCEA enables predictable and consistent cultivation in any suitable location.

With TCEA you can

Guarantee a consistent crop supply through automated, ideal growing environments.

Reduce operating costs with modular, scalable and efficient use of resources.

Precisely control every environmental parameter to remove dependence on weather.

Introducing Total Controlled Environment Agriculture (TCEA) from IGS

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) has its place, but it can leave growers dependent on seasons and weather to ensure a profitable harvest.

Total Controlled Environment Agriculture
(TCEA) from IGS creates a fully-controllable growing environment to give power back to growers.

Want to learn more about TCEA?

Take an in-depth tour of one of our Growth Towers.

Optimising Plant Growth with IGS technology

Grow to meet market demands

  • Starter plants
  • Salads, herbs and leafy greens
  • Root and fruit crops
  • Flowers

30-50% faster growth cycles

  • Micro herbs: Grown in 8 days
  • Baby leaf: Grown in 14 to 30 days
  • Herb: Grown in 13 to 38 days
  • Lettuce (head): Grown in 30-50 days

Grow more crops with less land

Average amount of baby leaf lettuce grown per square metre each year in kg:

  • Open field 3.9 kg
  • Greenhouse 41 kg
  • IGS vertical farm 82 kg

An IGS Growth Tower gives you up to 530m2 growing area from a farm with a 41m2 footprint

What you can grow in an IGS Growth Tower

Seed to Harvest Crops

  • Basil (including lemon and Thai)
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Kale
  • Pea shoots
  • Rocket
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Pak choi
  • Sorrel
  • Mint
  • Violas

Propagation Plants

  • Strawberry plants
  • Seed potatoes
  • Brocoli
  • Tree plants

IGS Growth Towers reduce impact on the environment

How our vertical farming technology stacks up against open field and green house farming

Water needed to grow lettuce per kg:

  • Open field: 250 litres
  • Smart greenhouse: 11 litres
  • IGS vertical farm: 3 litres

Average distance your food travels:

  • Open field: 2,000 km
  • Greenhouse: 500-1,000 km
  • Vertical farming: 43 km

kWh of energy used per kg
of crop:

  • Other vertical farms: 38.8kWh  
  • Smart greenhouse: 5.4kWh
  • IGS vertical farm: 11.8kWh

We have developed our own Grower Model to allow us to help you build a business case on the profitability of a vertical farm based on the crop you want to grow. Complete the form below to get your personalised business case.