Philips join forces with Siemens to innovate vertical farming

Philips join forces with Siemens to innovate vertical farming
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Setting Industry Standards: Together, Philips Horticulture and Siemens are committed to exploring and establishing new standards in the vertical farming industry. This initiative is expected to shape the future landscape of sustainable agriculture.

Digitalization Enhancement: This partnership aims to implement cutting-edge technologies in vertical farming, making the process smarter and more efficient. This focus on digitalization is expected to optimize resources and improve yield quality.

Advancing Automation: The collaboration will integrate automated solutions to streamline farming processes. Automation will ensure precision and consistency in farming practices, leading to more reliable and efficient outcomes.

Commitment to Sustainability: The collaboration is more than a business partnership; it is a commitment to sustainability. By combining Philips Horticulture’s expertise in LED lighting solutions with Siemens’ advanced technological capabilities, the partnership aims to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to farming.

Revolutionizing Vertical Farming: The joint efforts of these two industry leaders are set to bring the vertical farming landscape to the next level. Their combined expertise and resources promise to innovate and improve the way vertical farming is approached, potentially leading to significant advancements in sustainable agriculture.

The announcement of a Memorandum of Understanding between Philips Horticulture LED Solutions and Siemens marks a pivotal moment in the vertical farming industry. This collaboration signifies a shared vision to revolutionize how we approach agriculture, particularly in urban and controlled environments.

The primary focus of this partnership is on enhancing digitalization in vertical farming. By implementing state-of-the-art technologies, the aim is to create more intelligent, more efficient farming systems. This could involve the integration of IoT (Internet of Things) devices, advanced sensors, and AI-driven analytics to monitor and optimize growing conditions, leading to higher crop yields and reduced resource usage.

Another critical aspect of this partnership is the advancement of automation. Automated systems can manage tasks such as planting, watering, and harvesting with precision and consistency. This streamlines the farming process and minimizes human error, leading to better quality produce and higher efficiency.

Setting new industry standards is also a cornerstone of this collaboration. Philips Horticulture and Siemens are working together to explore the future possibilities of vertical farming, potentially creating benchmarks and best practices that could be adopted worldwide. This collaborative approach aims to push the boundaries of agriculture’s current possibilities.

The commitment to sustainability is at the heart of this partnership. By combining Philips Horticulture’s expertise in LED lighting solutions, crucial for plant growth in vertical farms, with Siemens’ technological prowess, the partnership is set to create more sustainable farming methods. This approach benefits the environment and supports the growing need for food in urban areas.

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Sunterra Greenhouses Partners With Signify (2023/09/25)

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Signify, in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research and Nunhems, researched the effects of far-red light on tomato cultivation. While some benefits were observed, the results are inconclusive. Far-red light could make it easier to direct energy to the fruits, but the degree of increase varied across tomato varieties. Moreover, energy consumption is higher with far-red light compared to PAR light, and it could negatively affect the quality of the plant. Experts recommend sticking with current light recipes for tomato growers.

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Read more on those trials here.

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Signify Introduces Far-Red Grow Light for Van Wordragen (2023/01/20)

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Signify Partners with Greenhouse System USA to Offer Philips Horticulture LED Lighting (2023/01/06)

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Signify Secured The Highest Industry Score in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (2022/09/26)

Signify, the global leader in lighting, has achieved the highest industry score in the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, receiving 88 points out of a possible 100 as of September 23, 2022. The high rating, which includes total scores (100/100) in 64 categories such as Climate Change Strategy, Scope 3 GHG Emissions, Risk Culture, and Product Design, reinforces Signify’s position as a sustainability leader under its “Brighter Lives, Better World 2025” program. This accolade reflects two years of carbon-neutral operations and the company’s aim to double its positive impact on the environment and society. The achievement positions Signify to secure its place in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the sixth consecutive year, underscoring CEO Eric Rondolat’s pride in its commitment to energy-efficient technologies and positive global impact.

Signify Install Proprietary LED In Korean Greenhouse (2022/08/09)

Signify Korea installed a Philips LED grow light solution at Parm Farm Greenhouse in Korea. The solution accelerates plant growth, increases yields, and improves crop quality. This creates an ideal environment for plant growth, increasing the harvest and generating more revenue by providing a stable supply of tomatoes for consumers. The solution saves up to 50% in energy use and crop yield can be predicted by conducting pre-installation simulations. Parm Farm delivers a stable supply of fresh tomatoes year-round.

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Signify Supplies 40% More Light To Grower Looye (2022/06/17)

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Signify Celebrates 15 Years of Leadership in Developing Horticulture LED Grow Lighting (2022/06/13)

Philips Horticulture and Siemens are collaborating to advance digitalization and automation in vertical farming while setting new industry standards and committing to sustainability. The partnership combines Philips Horticulture’s expertise in LED lighting solutions with Siemens’ technological capabilities to optimize resources and improve yield quality. The collaboration aims to revolutionize sustainable agriculture and bring vertical farming to the next level. The partnership will focus on implementing state-of-the-art technologies to create more intelligent, more efficient farming systems and streamline the process through automation.

Signify’s efficient LED with far-red light performs well in strawberry cultivation (2022/05/17)

Philips Horticulture and Siemens have announced a collaboration to enhance digitalization, advance automation, set new industry standards, and commit to sustainability in the vertical farming industry. By combining Philips Horticulture’s expertise in LED lighting solutions with Siemens’ advanced technological capabilities, the partnership aims to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to farming. The collaboration promises to innovate and improve the way vertical farming is approached, potentially leading to significant advancements in sustainable agriculture.

Source: iGrowNews



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