Urban greenhouse presented

6/9/2009

The vertical greenhouse could soon be a natural feature of cities around the world, thanks to the Swedish company Plantagon International in association with Sweco. The innovation was presented at the Globe Forum investor conference in Stockholm. In the vertical greenhouse, it will be possible to grow local and eco-friendly crops in an urban environment.

While the global population continues to expand at a rapid rate, 80% of all land suitable for crop production is already being used for other purposes. With traditional farming practices, the Earth’s arable land will not be sufficient to produce enough food for this growing population. In response to this challenge, Plantagon has collaborated with the consulting engineering company Sweco to develop a vertical greenhouse for the urban environment.

“We need to find alternative ways to farm locally and space-efficiently. By the year 2050, 80% of people on Earth will live in urban centres,” says Hans Hassle, founder and CEO of Plantagon.

“We have therefore developed a greenhouse that enables us to farm ecologically in the middle of an urban environment. Sweco has helped us to study the technical systems that will make the greenhouse work. Within three years we plan to have the first facility up and running in a major city.”

Illustration: Sweco

“It has been a considerable challenge for us at Sweco. Our goal has been to find technical solutions that make it possible to grow crops with high quality and good operating economy,” says Stephan Stålered, a consultant at Sweco.

The concept behind Plantagon’s vertical greenhouse was created by the Swedish innovator and eco-farming expert Åke Olsson, and has been further developed by the consulting company SWECORP Citizenship AB together with North American Indians of the Onondaga Nation.