The Istanbul-based Plant Factory, is constructing its first big facility, named ‘PF001’. The facility will be starting its test production by the end of August 2020.
Plant Factory's new facility 'PF001'
The team of Plant Factory has implemented the following elements in its new facility: controllable dynamic lightning, modifiable shelf space, and smart air conditioning and dosing systems, which are used for production and will also be used for research and development. “After five years of field research, we are ready to expand domestically and penetrate foreign markets with our technical infrastructure and plant knowledge.”
The automated dosing system
“As we will be starting our first production 3 months later due to COVID-19, we aim to produce 5000 crops per harvest”, says Halil Beşkardeşler, CEO of Plant Factory. In the upcoming months, the facility will be focusing on the production of different types of lettuce, basil and arugula followed by other leafy greens analysis, testing and production. PF001 will generate part of its energy from installed photovoltaic panels on the roof. “In this way, we aim to benefit from renewable energy sources and lower the unit product costs.”
Plant Factory's UV and filter system
The company recently launched an animated video, intending to spread more awareness on vertical farming in Turkey. Beşkardeşler adds: “With our video, we have started to inform our end consumer and the investors that are interested in investing in urban agriculture”.
Plant Factory’s animated video can be found here. (English subtitles)