Technology from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio has been
integrated throughout the farm to ensure efficient production, reduce waste,
and increase the farm’s overall sustainability. Siemens Smart Infrastructure’s
building management system Desigo CC controls and monitors air-conditioning and
ventilation, while Siemens Digital Industries’ SIMATIC automation and control
systems deliver optimal growing conditions by controlling the lights and CO₂ levels required by the plants. SINAMIC series variable frequency drives along
with automation stations make sure plants receive the right nutrients and water
supply. SENTRON electrical components distribute power to the grow racks.
Siemens SCALANCE components create a communication
network connecting these automation technologies while protecting the facility
with Siemens cyber security solutions. Siemens Xcelerator is an open digital
business platform that enables customers to accelerate their digital
transformation easier, faster, and at scale. At its core is a curated
portfolio of connected hardware and software, a powerful ecosystem of partners,
and an extensive marketplace.
system is designed to circulate water to the crops to maximize water usage
efficiency. When the water vaporizes, it’s recovered and recycled into the
system, saving 250 million liters of water per year compared to traditional
outdoor farming for the same output. The 330,000 sq. ft. facility requires 95%
less water than conventional agriculture, and provides an output of 1 million
kgs of produce per year that are free of pesticides, herbicides and chemicals.
are proud to work with Emirates Crop One on a project that will transform
agriculture and will allow people to eat fresher foods while reducing water
consumption and transportation costs,” said Franco Atassi, CEO of Siemens Smart
Infrastructure in the Middle East. “Bustanica uses smart infrastructure in its vertical farm
that will allow it to sustainably scale operations and become a model for other
vertical farms around the world. The infrastructure installed today will allow
for the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence in future.”
produce will initially be provided to airline passengers flying to and from
Dubai. The company plans to sell leafy greens and other produce in local
supermarkets, and because the greens are grown in a controlled environment,
consumers can eat them straight out of the bag.
Flight Catering constantly invests in the latest technologies to delight
customers, optimize operations, and minimize our environmental footprint.
Bustanica helps secure our supply chain, and ensures our customers can enjoy locally
sourced, nutritious produce,” said Kieran Dowd, General Manager of Emirates Crop One and Vice
President, Sourcing Solutions, at Emirates Flight Catering. “The technology
provided by Siemens enables the facility to bring food production closer to
consumers, making our operations more efficient and sustainable.”
farming facilities are up to 100 times more productive than outdoor farms because
they consume 95% less water and don’t require any use of pesticides or
chemicals. This method allows farmers to control light, temperature, water, and
carbon dioxide levels – maximizing output and efficiency – so they can grow
crops year-round and near consumers. The industry is expanding to mitigate
challenges like food insecurity, limited arable land, labor shortages and to
meet growing demand for pesticide-free produce.
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