Special Projects - Ixellion Refarm

Ixellion Refarm
Ixellion Refarm

Ixellion Refarm System

While the Vertical Farming Market to exceed $13bn by 2024, the bottleneck to the massive adoption of this new approach to agriculture which provides a compelling answer to booming world population and continuous loss of arable land avaialble for agriculture is the investment required to build the plant and to operate it.

REFARM is a cutting edge, scalable format which brings together two distant worlds: soilless agriculture and Artificial Intelligence. The goal is creating a virtuos pipeline, therefore optimising the overall resource usage and project sustainability.

Ixellion Aeroponic System

Aeroponics represents the maximum evolution of soilless agriculture: growth medium is completely removed; plants are physically supported with roots growing in mid air. A nutrient solution made of water and nutrients is vaporised directly on the roots.

Agricolture Taken To Industry

We grow indoor, in a totally controlled environment where each single parameter is under continuous monitoring. soillessEven though vertical indoor farm can be built exploiting other soilless technologies, aeroponics with its cheaper capex and opex cost reduces the impact of the cost per cultivated square meter: today it is the limiting factor which creates the bottleneck to a massive adoption of this new approach to agriculture.

No Soil: No Soil Borne Diseases

Growing without soil means all the contaminations or diseases: bacteria or fungi populating the soil are avoided by definition as we don’t use soil either for germination and growth.

Complete Control Over Nutrients

Crops are fed with a mix of water, macronutrients and micronutrients which is continuously adapted over the growth cycle. Nutrients are organic and basically the same the plants find in the soil, just with different stechiometric ratios as their assumptions, without the soil buffer, is far more effective.

100% Pesticide Free

Growing in a controlled environment substantially reduces to zero any contamination with the external world and therefore the risk of contaminations and pathogens which require pesticides (allowed also by the USDA organic protocol, the most strict about pesticides’ use). We don’t use pesticides, ever. . 

We Save 90% Of Water

Our system requires a limited amount of water even compared to other soilless technologies (i.e. hydroponics): the nebulized water is limited and the quantity not absorbed by the plants is recovered, filtered and then used again in the cycle. 

We Save 90% Of Energy

Our system is managed by AI and IXBrain, a proprietary technology that is able to maximize the energy efficiency of the system and balance the energy consumption.

The ICT Layer

The system gathers real time growing data through a network of sensors supervising each aspect of the growth process. Data are stored in big data repositories and processed by machine learning algorithms in order to trigger specific workflows. The system is fully automated as per parameters control.

Regenerating and Converting Industrial Spaces

Ixellion’s model is based on small/medium self contained installations which can be placed in former warehouses or indoor urban spaces, therefore reducing the logistic impact of moving foods to urban areas and effectively representing a regeneration opportunity for abandoned industrial buildings. Crops are grown year round locally to satisfy the ZeroKm demand but can be also exported to other regional areas used to import goods.

Ixellion Refarm Advantages

Yields

Strawberries

open field: 3 Kg/m2

greenhouse: 30 Kg/m2

Ixellion Refarm: 90 Kg/m2

Raspberries

open field: 1 Kg/m2

greenhouse: 1,5 Kg/m2

hydroponic greenhouse: 6 Kg/m2

Ixellion Refarm: 12 Kg/m2

Tomatoes

open field: 10 Kg/m2

Ixellion Refarm: 120 Kg/m2

Basil and Herbs

open field: 4 Kg/m2

greenhouse: 8 Kg/m2

Ixellion Refarm: 50 Kg/m2

First Installation

Ixellion and LMD Group Srl are starting to setup first installation and research center in Italy, in San Giovanni Teatino (CH).

The growing area is made up of growing modules stacked on 4 layers, each of them equipped with LED lighting. The total growing area amounts to 645 sm

Together will realize 3 production sites in Abruzzo and Marche, Ixellion will finance the construction of the plants and make the technology available, LMD Group Srl will make available the unused covered areas of its production sites.

Ixellion Refarm Layout