CHAP’s Vertical Farming Development Centre is housed at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), near Selby, and provides additional and complementary capabilities to STC’s existing LED4CROPS facilities.

This facility will mean that growers, food producers and researchers will be able to determine how different technologies in a controlled environment will impact the economics of LED vertical farming. The aim is to develop technologies which will reduce production costs whilst maximising profits, potentially on a large scale.

It consists of two identical growth rooms each with full climate control (temperature, relative humidity, CO2). Each growth rooms contains 140m2 of LED lit cropping area (five tiers). Crops will be grown using a fully recirculating hydroponics system. All inputs and outputs will be monitored.

A major question inhibiting investment in vertical farm technology is the economics of crop production. This new facility has been designed with the primary goal of quantifying those economics for a wide range of crops. By having two identical compartments, we are able to compare the impact of different climate control strategies on energy efficiency and crop yields, leading to improved energy efficiency, sustainability, yields and economics.

The facilities will provide the perfect location to test and develop new technologies aimed at improving all aspects of vertical farms. The system has been designed to achieve a high-care environment so clean crop can be grown potentially removing the need to wash harvested produce.

Our services include:

  • Assessment of economics and yield potential of vertical farms.
  • Testing and demonstration of new sensors and automation technology.
  • Variety trials and crop breeding.
  • Bespoke training in the operation and agronomy of vertical farms.

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Contact Details

If you want more information on this asset, or book a tour of our facilities or discuss a potential collaboration with us, please contact:

Dr Rhydian Beynon-Davies Head of Novel Growing Systems

Dr David George, Director of Science

STC Office telephone no. is +44 (0) 1757 268275