Netled Research and Development Center

We are continuously developing our Vera technology to allow our customers to grow a wider range of crops with higher levels of control and automation.

At Netled, we want to support local food production in communities across the world. Vertical farming is an ecological and sustainable way to produce food. It also enables local food production near the stores and customers – the journey from production facilities to tables will be remarkably shorter. In addition, vertically farmed lettuces, herbs and other leafy greens have a stronger and more aromatic taste.

We work in collaboration with both of our local supermarkets, K-Citymarket and Prisma in Pirkkala, Finland. Our fresh, locally produced lettuces and herbs are delivered three times a week to the store from our Vera® demo production facility in Pirkkala.

Future Crops

Vera Berry

We are continuously developing our Vera® technology to allow our customers to be able to grow a wider range of crops. The latest addition to our range of Vera® products is Vera® Berry, a vertical farming system designed specifically for high-volume growers of various types of berries.

Vera® Berry is a vertical farming solution suitable for growing strawberries or other continuous harvest cultivars and cultivars with similar growing space requirements such as cloudberry, or arctic raspberry. The Vera® Berry vertical farm utilizes all the benefits of controlled environment agriculture such as minimized growing risks, balanced year-round yield, and obviated pesticides and herbicides. Vera Berry has it all, its components elegantly designed to work in perfect harmony. From lighting to irrigation, everything is easily controlled via Vera® automation. Vera® Berry brings harvesting into one location and dramatically reduces logistics and enables more plants per square meter than traditional strawberry cultivation methods.

Our Vera® Berry system has been tested at the Northernmost vertical farm in the world in Kajaani, Finland. Read more.

As testament to our Vera® Berry system, Finnish MTV News visited our demo-facility where Vera® Berry strawberries won the taste-test hands down against strawberries grown under the North African sun. Read more.

Cutting-edge tech

Variable spectrum LEDs

Our research into LED lighting solutions has allowed us to produce adjustable-spectrum LED lights, which are currently being used for cutting-edge research at Kainuu Vocational School and The Natural Resources Institute Finland into the effects of different light wavelengths on the growth of different plants at different stages.

We have combined three lighting units with LEDs of different spectra and developed software that automatically adjusts the intensity of the LEDs in relation to one another. This setup allows for an extremely broad range of adjustment throughout the spectrum allowing us to offer very different systems according to customer requirements.

Dynamic spacing

In our Vera® systems there are over 40% more plants in the growing area and even 8 times more in the floor area than in similar open field or traditional greenhouse cultivation. We use FIFO, that is, First In – First Out flow through growing. Our proprietary dynamic spacing software automatically adjusts the position and crop density of the plants relative to one another along the crop cycle so that light can get through to lower leaves as the plants grow and the amount of foliage increases. This results in more even growth and a better quality end product.

Automation and robotics

We offer the highest level of vertical farming automation on the market. Our proprietary automation and robotics software controls every aspect of the growth process from seed to retail.

Meet the R&D team

Netled’s R&D team consists of high-level professionals, mechanical and automation engineers, and horticultural experts. The team is led by CTO, Toni Ryhänen.

The R&D team has a wide range of responsibilities from plant and substrate testing to automation software development and robotics. Designing and building our Vera® vertical farming systems requires knowledge and expertise from many different fields, that why our diverse R&D team consists of experts in engineering, horticulture, and documentation.

 

TECHNOLOGY CONSULTATION

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HORTICULTURAL SERVICES

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FACILITY SERVICES

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VERA TECHNOLOGY

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2,5
times bigger crop production size
60%
less energy consumption
90%
less water consumption
Our clients

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Seamlessly integrated and automated vertical technology by Vera®

GREENHOUSE SOLUTIONS

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