Swedish agricultural firm Plantagon hopes to make the city of Linköping self-sufficient by building a 17-storey vertical farm to grow vegetables.
The Plantagon Greenhouse has been designed to reduce urban agriculture’s impact on the environment by using excess heating and CO2 from industry to heat the vertical farm. The structure also maximises yield rates by using a helix-shaped system of conveyors to rotate plants for maximum sun exposure. The aim is to produce food that is both cheaper and less damaging to the environment than conventional farming methods.
The greenhouse is due to open in 2013. Plantagon is exploring converting existing office buildings into greenhouses to eliminate the need to build new vertical farm structures.