Growing crops with Dry Hydroponics provides a tremendous gain in production volume as well as production cost reductions. This is due to the efficient use of production space and the mechanisation and simplification of labour. Growing with Dry Hydroponics is easy and reliable. The return on investment in the Dry Hydroponics system is estimated at two to five years.
Increased production volume
Unique to the Dry Hydroponics system is the ability to adjust the crop spacing multiple times during the cultivation without disrupting the growth. This increases the production volume without necessitating an increase in production space.
But the increase in production volume does not stop there. Compared to standard approaches, crops also grow faster with Dry Hydroponics. Three factors stand at the base of this rapid growth. One is the light reflectivity of the system. Another is the microclimate around the leaves, which ensures an uninterrupted growth. The final factor is the sturdy root structure, which is the result of the constant availability of water, oxygen, and fertiliser in an unfluctuating environment.
The production volume is further enhanced by the seamless transition of successive growth cycles. All these factors result in an increased production volume of 100% up to 500%, without an increase in production area.
Because all activities are focused around a central location in the company, Dry Hydroponics increases productivity. This location can be arranged both ergonomically and efficiently, guaranteeing good working conditions and improved logistics. This ensures high productivity without adversely affecting working conditions.
It is in the interest of large companies to implement far-reaching automatisation. The processing of 750.000 products per man-year (1750 hours) is feasible as a realistic estimation.
Customer is King
Dry Hydroponics is suitable to all varieties of lettuce. Romaine for instance, often difficult to get right, is now easily grown. The same applies to newer varieties of lettuce, such as Multicolors (different kinds of lettuce in one pot), Salanova, Multileaves, and Easyleaves. Need to grow different products at the same time? With Dry Hydroponics this poses no problem. Different crops can be grown in succession as well as at the same time.
Flowpacking? Mixing different varieties in one package? Harvest with roots for ‘living lettuce’? Cooling for the harvest? All of this, and more belong to the possibilities of the flexible Dry Hydroponics system. Due to the central nature of all activities, it is easy to tailor to specific customer needs. Dry Hydroponics has not only considered costs, but also the possibilities to add value to deserving, sustainable products.
The simplicity of Dry Hydroponics causes little necessary intervention. This not only cuts costs, it is also a leap forward in food safety and it makes growing crops with Dry Hydroponics sustainable and guarantees reliable supply to your customers.