Vertical Farm - save our land - grow with vertical farm - grow it far away from urban areas - the only vertical farm that comes with its own energy and water generation to enable you to set up any where in the world.
Here are the reasons why people are talking about vertical farming: vertical farms use 90% less of water, use 90% less land and produces 90% more fruit and vegetables. Vertical Farms also brings fressher vegetables to the town and vertical farming will increase efficiencies in rural farming, even to the extend that it would prevent rural folks from migrating to the urban areas to seek job as there are a lot of spin-off industries like energy production including the new field of green hydrogen. Although vertical farming is intended for the urban areas, it nevertheless will transform rural farming into a new industry worthy of the attention of the authorities!
The Vertical Farm model as espoused by Iskandar Project is different from the conventional in that it is an enclosed entity in order to prevent the ingress of worms and pest. It is also Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) enabled as critical elements leading to plant growth is measured and controlled. With CEA, there will be efficient dosing of nutrients, lighting and water. As it is, there is no need to spray insecticide so its production is safe for consumption. Further more, the model also incorporates energy production and water harvesting from the atmosphere. It is thus self contained, and even more it is able to operate on a semi-automatic model with remote monitoring and activation thrown in.
The first of its kind Self Sustaining Vertical Farm - with self sufficient water and electrical power
You can now do vertical farming in far remote places where electrical power and water is not available. Remote rural areas come to mind. Vertical Farms are designed with their own power system and it also has its own system of water capture to be environmentally friendly. Electric power is obtained from its solar panels and water is captured from the air. The system is also designed with automation as it is endowed with sensors to enable remote sensing. Embedded actuators will allow remote dosing of water and nutrients. Furthermore, the system is also endowed with temperature control so that you can grow exotic crops that require a cool climate.
Water, Food and Power Security - that is what Vertical Farm is all about
In a world that is changing every now and then, it would be a great feeling of having water, food and power sucurity at our doorstep. That is what Iskandar Project's Vertical Farm is designed for. With the Vertical Farm unit installed at your home, you will be able to generate water every day of your life. You will also be able to grow food and rear fish come what may. On top of it you will be able to harvest energy from the sun and tap on wind energy. So please make Vertical Farm the nucleus of your activities to ensure that you will not be adversely affected by the breakdown of supply of water, food and power. Just imagine how wonderful it will be if the populace does not have to solely depend on the authorities to supply them the food, water and power that will make them survive.
The vertical farming technique espoused by Iskandar Project is very scalable. As most of its vital parts are positioned at the top, it is designed in such a way that the upper layers (solar and water harvesting) can be expanded and also connected to each other to form a strong framework such that it will be able to withstand strong winds. And because there is a lot of connections, elements like IoT and Actuators can be embedded to help automation of the system. So if it is installed in the rural areas, the automation system will allow less manpower usage which is critical to rural farming. This is a new perspective for governments to explore in their planings to prevent people from migrating to the urban centers to seek jobs.
Because Iskandar Project's Vertical Farms are designed with their own power and water system, it goes without saying that it can be planted in any area where water and energy is not available. And if you have water and energy available on tap, there is nothing that you cannot do which is very important if you do not have to depend on the authorities to make it available for you. For small time farmers, this is important for to be independant as governments everywhere do not entertain small fries as they do not have the resources to do so. So because Iskandar Project's Vertical Farming method is sited above the ground, you would not see your fruits being drown by flood waters, an insurance for your hard work to bear fruit.
Water is an important component of agriculture as 65% of available water from the state is used for farming. Although vertical farming method uses 20% of the water required for conventional farming, it is still the most important factor when you have to chose where to site it:no water means you can't even start. And when drought comes around you will face failure when no water ever drips into your system. As far as water is concerned, Iskandar Project's vertical farm can produce more water than it needs, thus also forming a water source for other forms of activities like human settlements.
Another important factor to deploy vertical farm is to have food security. As the world'spopulation is nearing 7 billion, we will need to stack up our food production. We will need to increase food production by 70% which is a gargantuan task in spite of a large track of our land losing to desertification, climate change and a host of other adverse conditions. Instead of trying to increase food production by the people who are suppose to be food producers, why don't we encourage individual families to grow their own crop via vertical farming as eschewed by Iskandar Project. In this way we can at least meet half of our target on food production. We will then have food security and also water security. One stone kill two birds type of thinking.
Just imagine this - if we were to step back in history, what would have become of the Ming Dynasty if they were to be able to deploy this vertical farm along the length of the Great Wall! Yes, they would have food and water security whilst doing their job of securing their safety from the invading Mongols! Indeed, they would have prosper and made a great settlement in those inhospitable land. And China would be a very different world whilst they managed to put the Mongols at bay. If we were to better deploy the vertical farm as envisioned by Iskandar Project, then perhaps we won't have to worry about climatic changes affecting our ability to produce enough food to feed the greatly increasing population. All is not lost if only we can think out of the box and go to do the unconventional.
And then there were floods - or there will be floods. We will have to face floods as we enter the new disorder of the world - floods that are caused by climatic change. Just imagine that our large stretch of agricultural bread basket being inundated by rain water for months of which is a real possibility. Or being flooded with viruses of the breadth of Covid? Food security thrown out of the window. And water; too much polluted water and no drinking water to tap. The solution is of course Vertical Farm as envisioned by Iskandar Project because it is installed in an elevated position, far higher than the vertical farm that you are accustomed to and there is a reason why it is hoisted far above the ground. Furthermore, the elevation can be raised further when required - an idea that its time has come.
We are often made aware of the devastation brought about because of floods. Too much water can do damage to the soil as much of its nutrients are lost. Scientist are concerned about that we have only sixty years left of agriculture as by then, there will be no more top soil left for us to plant. Indeed, we will not be able to do anything about soil erosion as it is an act of nature. But luckily for us, we do have vertical farming where we won't be able to depend on soil as we can use water. Perhaps, it is just nice that we are able to do vertical farming on a large scale so that we don't have to worry about our top soil being leached to the sea. One up for vertical farming and we should also practice it all over the place, regardless of whether there is sufficient top soil or not.
Installing vartical farm on hill slopes will allow residents to tap on water and electricity plus added bonus of fresh vegetables and fish. Many people are forced to live in hilly regions as they can't afford to live in urban centers as the standard of living is very high. For these villagers who can only afford to eke out a living in the hill sides, installing vertical farm modules beside their homes which is normally sited far away from the electric grid will give them access to electricity, water and that very important thing called food. That way they will become independant over night and if they are industrious enough, they can even produce a surplus to sell to the urban folks! Fish and vegetables can fetch a good income for hill side villagers and will not make them poor any more - one of those ways to make the poor out of the statistics.
Advantages of self sustaining vertical farm.
* Generates its own Renewable Energy
Iskandar's Vertical Farm module is a self sustainable agrarian ecosystem that is capable of generating its own energy from the sun. It obtains its energy via a series of solar panels hung from above the structure and together with a electrical accumulator, powers the system needs. In certain circumstances, wind power may also be utilised as mini wind turbines may be added into the system. But nedless to say, when electrical power is available, the system will be able to be installed in remote places where grid power is not available. Thus, the system is designed with the environment in mind having not to require the burning of fossil fuel to sustain its activities.
What are the reasons for Vertical Farm?
Well, one of the main reason is because there is not sufficient land to plant crops. This is especially so in poor rural areas where villagers often can only afford to own (or lease) small plots of land. So elevating the planting above the ground looks like a logical step although it will come with a cost. Another reason is that due to overcroping the land is often infertile as there is very little fertilizer to be sowed due again to being too poor. Now, when we can elevate the planting, we can also use hydroponics to model our planting which will afford plenty of control:control of nutrients and water. When we use a protective shading to cover the vertical farm framework, then we will also have the power to ward off insect pest and that give us the ability to grow vegetables without the use of insecticides. That in a way will help us increase our outputs. And for the poor farmer, that is a big bonus and not forgeting that it is less prone of being flooded.
Iskandar's Vertical Farm System is endowed with water catchment capability: it is able to catch water in two ways, one from a patented water catchment from morning air and the other from rain. When water is available, there is nothing that you cannot grow so the system is suitable for far remote places where water is normally not available. Thus, the system is also suitable for arid regions where rain does not come often. Where arid regions are concerned, the system comes with an underground water storage system together with a pumping system powered from the sun. Water is life!
* Expandable to huge vertical farm without sacrifycing on land use
Iskandar's Vertical Farm is easily expanded by additional of vertical stags anchored to the core pile which could be more than 30 meters high. Furthermore, these vertical stags can be easily lowered for maintainance purposes. Additionally, these individual cores can be connected into each other to form a strong structural system covering a wide acreage forming an estate for economies of scale.
Iskandar's Vertical Farms can be semi or fully automatic depending on the requirements. It is capable of being run on automation because it has its own power system.
* Very Small foot print
Iskandar's Vertical Farms only requires a small footprint as it is installed above existing food crops. There is no need for land clearings.
* Remote control
Iskandar's Vertical Farming is designed with Industry 4.0 elelments to afford remote sensing and control.
* Environmental control - emits little CO2
Iskandar's Vertical Farm are designed with their own environmental controls like suitable temperature for exotic fruit crops; grapes and strawberry.
One of the reasons for vertical farming is to bring its products nearer to the urban centers because buyers come from the cities. Thus when you have farms nearer to the town centers or even right in town, you will need less transportation and therefor cost less. But there are consequances though for example rural farmers might find themselves out of a job! Foreseeing such a dilemma, Iskandar Project people has thought out a better idea which is to incorporate other business besides just farming. As the model espoused by Iskandar Project also produces its own energy, it goes to say that farmers using such a model will be able to also produce energy. In other words they can diversify into a sunrise industry like the production of hydrogen. Now, hydrogen is a sunrise industry because you have many countries trying their hand in replacing the use of fossil fuel with hydrogen. Future cars, trains, industries and even air planes will be switching to hydrogen and that is a given. Not only that, it also harvest water from the atmosphere! So there is both power and water available:that you can do many things.
One of the bright spot for vertical farm model by Iskandar Project is that of the production of fertilizer. How is it so? Well, as vertical farm model also produce electrical energy, it could be used for the production of hydrogen which will form the feedstock for the production of ammonia. Amonia is itself a form of energy storage as its liquidfied form can be transported. Production of fertilizers will form the bulk of the activity of farmers practicing the Iskandar Project's Vertical Farm model.
The very versatile Iskandar Project's Vertical Farm Model capable of producing vegetables, fish, prawn, electricity, water, hydrogen, ammonia, plastics, textiles and explosives.
The very versatile Iskandar Project's Vertical Farm model is designed for the inteprid farmer who have faced all sorts of disasters like flood, storms, no rain and many others. Farmers both small and big also have to face with low prices and over production issues. The vertical farm as espoused by Iskandar Project is to help farmers ride over all these disasters by way of diversification. Farmers now will be food and energy producers:something that everyone should take notice. The decentralising of energy production will in a way help bring back people to the rural areas as there is plenty of jobs around. There will be a shift in economic activities to the one centered around the rural regions. There will result in less pollution, less traffic jams and less demand in urban housing thus bringing about a reverse in industrialisation of urban settings.
Water, Food and Power Security
The Vertical Farm designed by Iskandar Project forms the nucleus of water, food and power security. As a stand alone unit that is capable of generating electricity, it goes without saying that you will always have electricity regardless of what is happening in the rest of the world. When you have electric power, you can also generate water from the air, without having to depend on the water supply from the authorities. And with power and water, you can grow your own food. If you need protein to sustain your muscles, you can also rear fish. So we are talking about security, something that is brought about because of the covid pandemic when you are cut off from the rest of the crowd. If you wish, you could also install the vertical farm system on a far remote island and not have to depend on mankind for your essentials. Robinson Crusoe would not mind to leave the island if only he had this vertical farm to accompany him.
In a recent event, a small group of indegenious people from a small riverine settlement sought refuge from the Covid pandemic to relocate themselves deeper into the jungle. Just shear wisdom instead of subjecting yourself to what the good doctor have prescribed. This is just an example of how people overcome their adversities and this should be in the mind of every right thinking human; if there is a will to live, then there is a way. In such circumstances, a model of the Iskandar Project's Vetical Farm should be taken along as it will ensure food security. And not forgetting water security too. For future pandemics, just bring along a vertical farm when you go hiding away yourself from being infected by deadly diseases.