Our roots are hanging in fog!
Baltic Freya is a cleantech/agritech startup which is creating modular vertical farming systems, that do not use any soil for food & medicinal plant growing. Our technology applies circular economy principles, does not waste any resources and uses the most innovative growing method – fogponics. Baltic Freya’s goal is to enable it’s customers to sustainably grow more from less.
Vertical farming is the practice of producing food and/or medicine in vertically stacked layers, vertically inclined surfaces and/or integrated in other structures (such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container). The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where most of the environmental factors can be controlled!
Vertical farming systems utilize artificial control of light, environmental control (humidity, temperature, gases, etc.) and fertigation. Vertical farming systems can be lit by LEDs that mimic sunlight. Software can ensure that all the plants get the same amount of light, water and nutrients. Farming indoors with proper management means that no herbicides or pesticides are required and safety against bad weather conditions!
Soilless growing systems use significantly less water and nutrients than soil based farming and allow you to recycle the nutrient solution you provide to your plants. Instead of having it drain down through the soil and away from the roots of a plant, it’s gathered and directed right back into the system, right back for the plants.
•Plant productivity is limited due to O2 solubility in water. •Root disease
•Hard to operate & maintain
•A lot of nozzles is needed
•Wrong droplet size
•Heating of nutrient solution •Piezoceramics discs crack
•Optimal droplet size
•No piezoceramics discs •Atomisation temperature control
•Less atomisation unit per plant
WHY BALTIC FREYA?
Right now, the most advanced indoor/vertical farming methods are aeroponics and fogponics. The plants are grown with their roots hanging in nutrient rich mist. This mist provides the plants the exact amount of water and nutrients needed, enables them to take up the maximum amount of oxygen and doesn’t allow root disease to spread. This way plants grow the fastest, the largest and most efficiently. Unfortunately, aeroponics uses a lot of high pressure nozzles that tend to clog, are expensive and make the whole system hard to operate and maintain. Fogponics uses ultrasonic misters to make the fog. Unfortunately, these misters create fog with the wrong physical properties for the plants. These misters convert most of the energy into heat and overheat the nutrient solution. Also, their piezoceramics discs crack quite often, which makes the system hard to maintain.