A large vertical farm using iFarm technologies is set to launch in February 2022 at "Ethnomir"
in Petrovo, Russia. The popular Ethnographic Park and Museum is situated just 90km outside Moscow and will be home to a purpose-built vertical farm with a cultivation area 3596 m² and production capacity of 8 tonnes of greenery per month.
Commissioned by EthnomirAgro, a custom-built three-storey, monolithic frame building is being constructed at the site and will house three separate growing areas, as well as packaging, processing and seeding areas.
Following a lengthy financial audit and assessment of the forecasted economy and production profitability, SberBank
issued a long-term loan of 105 million rubles (1,266,986.70 EUR) to fund the purchase of farm equipment. This is the first case of a state bank lending to a vertical farm in Russia with the support of economic development funds (with surety being offered by the State Foundation for Entrepreneurship Support in Kaluga Region
and financial guarantee being supplied by the SME Corporation).
For the first time, three supplementary lighting zones will be used to minimise energy consumption on the vertical farm at Ethnomir. A large growing area will be divided into three parts, with each area having its own lighting schedule throughout the day. This will reduce power consumption during peak hours and flatten the power requirement curve.
An automated product packaging line will also be installed in Ethnomir, which will ensure that produce grown on the farm can be packaged efficiently on site.
Take a look at the company behind the new vertical farm, EthnomirAgro
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