&ever to set up global R&D center in Singapore
Following the recent funding award under the Singapore Food Agency (SFA)’s ‘30x30 Express’ Grant to build its next mega-farm in Singapore by Q4 2021; &ever is pleased to announce that its Global R&D Center will be located in Singapore with the support from the Economic Development Board. &ever has entered into collaboration with Signify and plans to work with A*STAR and local academic institutes to explore research collaborations, whereby multiple research activities will focus on reducing energy consumption and optimizing yield in &ever’s indoor vertical farms. The first project will focus on hybrid lighting systems, a sustainable smart combination of sunlight capturing systems with next-generation LED grow lights.
Singapore – November 2020 – &ever today at the Asia-Pacific Agri Food Innovation Summit, a virtual industry event, announced the setup of its global R&D center in Singapore. The facility will be co-located with &ever’s new mega-farm in Changi, which will go live in Q4 2021.
In order to employ and refine sustainable practices, indoor vertical farms must make use of the most efficient lighting technologies on the market. Therefore, &ever teams up with Signify, a true innovator in horticultural lighting. Experiments will be carried out in &ever’s large-scale farming environment to continuously minimize electricity consumption, while optimizing taste profile and yield.
Another research project in the field of energy-saving solutions is to optimize hybrid lighting solutions in controlled indoor environments with the ultimate goal to develop a system which makes the best use of natural sunlight in closed systems, while only adding artificial light based on the plants’ requirements. &ever has plans to partner with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore, on this.
By teaming up with local higher learning institutions and established industry players, the R&D center will harness on the innovation potential for new climate control concepts and advanced LED technologies, most optimal seeds and substrate combinations as well as vision control and non-invasive crop monitoring solutions.
“Energy efficiency and sustainability are key differentiators of &ever’s approach to indoor vertical farming”, says &ever’s CEO Dr. Henner Schwarz, “and we continue to research the field to further enhance our farms”. “We look forward to the establishment of our first farm in Singapore and our Global R&D Center as the first of many efforts within Singapore as well as throughout Asia”.
“&ever brings with them leading capabilities, technologies and a spirit of innovation, which will contribute to the vibrancy of urban agriculture R&D capabilities in Singapore. This is in line with EDB’s efforts to develop Singapore as a leading hub to develop and commercialise Agri-Food technology solutions that can sustainably feed the world,” said Damian Chan, Executive Vice President and Member of EXCO, Planning and Policy.
Building on &ever’s capabilities and tapping on Singapore’s vast research network, the company will contribute towards the country’s “30 by 30” goal of producing 30% of Singapore’s nutritional needs locally by 2030. In that respect, &ever had announced its plan to build a mega-farm with 500+ tons annual production capacity in Singapore with the support of SFA under its ‘30x30 Express’ Grant about a month ago.
By creating seamless automation from seeding to harvesting and full digital control over the production process, &ever creates intelligent sustainable farming systems of the future; whereupon its R&D center will enable leading local engineers and scientists to create even more efficient and sustainable systems and processes.
&ever awarded grant to build indoor vertical farm in Singapore
Singapore – October 2020 – &ever Singapore Pte Ltd (previously Farmers Cut Pte Ltd), a fully owned subsidiary of &ever GmbH from Germany, will grow and deliver nutritious, great-tasting and pesticide-free leafy greens to consumers in Singapore with its first indoor farm in the region. Their 15m high, multi-layer, vertical farm makes it possible to grow crops locally, in any climate condition, anywhere in the world.
Amid the global food supply challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) launched a ‘30x30 Express’ Grant earlier this year. The grant will support the country’s agri-food industry and accelerate the ramp up of local production, with the aim of meeting 30 per cent of Singapore’s nutritional needs with food produced locally by 2030.
&ever has been awarded funding under SFA’s ‘30x30 Express’ grant to ramp up local food production over the next six to 24 months. The grant is awarded to companies who make use of highly productive farming systems that can be constructed and implemented quickly to achieve high production levels.
&ever will produce annually up to 500,000 kg of leafy greens for consumers in Singapore using their Dryponics method. Dryponics keeps the plants alive, with the roots intact, until they reach the consumer. Consumers will be able to harvest the plants only seconds before consumption, resulting in higher nutritional value and better tasting greens.
Using 90 percent less water, 60 percent less fertilizer and zero pesticides, &ever produces plants that are more nutrient-rich and better for the environment. Usually, green leaves lose most of their nutritional value after being washed in chlorine, chilled, packed, stored in warehouses, and then sent on the road for transportation – many times across thousands of kilometres.
&ever’s advanced systems for tasty local greens allows for everything inside the farms to be controlled digitally- from the seeding to harvesting, CO2 levels, temperature and airflow. IoT sensors and edge computing are collecting data throughout the farmhouses to produce and maintain the healthiest plants. This controlled environment leads to faster growth cycles and higher crop yield.
“To accelerate the ramp up in local food production and meet our “30 by 30” goal, we will need to leverage productive farming technology. Technology can help farms achieve higher production levels, and be more resilient against the impacts of climate change. We are pleased to see our agri-food players, such as &ever Singapore adopting productive and innovative farming systems, and will continue to work with them to strengthen our food production capabilities. This in turn will enhance Singapore’s food security, and create good jobs for our people,” said Mr Melvin Chow, Senior Director of SFA’s Food Supply Resilience division.
&ever Singapore has been present in the hyper-local agri-food scene since early 2019. With the successful launch of their first indoor farm in Kuwait earlier this year, they aim to bring their sustainable farming solution to other parts of the world with challenging climate conditions.
“Dr. Henner Schwarz, CEO of &ever, said: “We are excited to continue our global roll-out and bring better tasting, highly nutritious asian greens, salads and herbs to the people of Singapore.” “At the same time we make a strong contribution to one of the world’s most exciting eco-systems for indoor vertical farming added Mark Korzilius, founder and CISO of &ever.”
with indoor farming, &ever is revolutionizing the food chain.
Vertical Farms: Future of Agriculture
by Nona Kichukova
In an endeavor to ensure citizens’ health, the Hamburg-based vertical farming company &ever is committed to sustainably growing pesticidefree green products. They cultivate high-quality plants indoors while saving on natural resources. The first commercial farm is the newly opened vertical farm in Kuwait City. The farm can grow up to 550 kilos of fresh greens and herbs a day and has faster growth cycles than traditional outdoor farms, which are dependent on the weather conditions.
SAP “contributed to &ever’s goals by delivering innovative solutions on SAP Cloud Platform to make farmhouses manageable with few people at maximum utilization,” says Loren Heilig, managing director at IBsolution. Building on the success of the Kuwait project, &ever is planning to open more sustainable farms all the while striving for nutritional food for millions of people, zero waste, and minimizing ecological footprint.Read full article