Pilot project manager:
Flytech and University of Bologna (FLY, UNIBO)

Pilot Location:
Bologna (Italy)

ALMA VFarm: an Indoor Vertical Farm for growing Food, Competences and Innovation

Background:

Flytech Srl (Belluno) is an electrical engineering company specialized in the design and production of custom electronics for lighting systems in several, different contexts. In collaboration with University of Bologna, it conducted activities 1) in the definition of the optimal characteristics of light for indoor cultivation (e.g. Vertical farms) in a broad spectrum of horticultural, aromatic and medicinal species 2) as well as in the adaptation of crop management practices (irrigation, mineral nutrition and climate management) in indoor cultivation systems, with the main aim of maximizing the resource efficiency. 

Vision:

Co-design an experimental, demonstrative, educational pilot project. The object of the Pilot will be the creation of a new design indoor growing environment where students, professors, technicians of the University and, more in general, experts will be involved in activities of co-design, management, and education.

There is a growing interest among students of different study degrees (agricultural science, architecture, design, engineering and others) toward the implementation of indoor farming systems. The pilot will allow us to involve students in problem-based learning and practical activities toward the generation of sustainable innovation in indoor farming technologies. The pilot will allow integrating complementary and interdisciplinary competencies toward the solution of management and technical issues associated with indoor/vertical farming and the application of integrated approaches for the implementation of viable indoor farming. In addition, the project will investigate and foster sustainable food distribution within the direct selling program of the experimental station of the University of Bologna. 

 

In collaboration with FoodE partners:
Flytech (IT) and University of Bologna (IT), Polar Permaculture Solutions AS (NO), Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH (DE), Fachhochschule Sudwestfalen (DE), Stichting Wageningen Research (NL), Nolde Erwin & Partner (DE), Tasen Microgreen AS (NO) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES)