Cultinova technology consultancy services enable growers, researchers and academia to maximise the performance and sustainability of plant growth & protein production under controlled conditions
Algae & Lemna
Cultinova is a boutique engineering consultancy specialising in the development, implementation and support of technology solutions that enable the efficient and productive growth of plants & alternative protein sources under controlled conditions.
Using a blend of our own high-performance hardware and software, and equipment from 3rd-party suppliers, we supply customised systems that enable the precise control of growth conditions and the gathering, management and visualisation of data from growth environments.
Since 2012, we have delivered technology solutions to a wide range of clients and partners in industry and academia, from the development of new types of sensor through to the design, manufacture and supply of complete monitoring, control and cloud-based data management solutions.
Cutting-edge technology development lies at the core of what we do. Our dedicated engineering team has many years of experience in the design, manufacture and implementation of sensing, control and software solutions for controlled environment agriculture.
We also have access to an extensive network of CEA experts, academics, industry partners and trusted technology suppliers to ensure the delivery of a wide range of solutions for both large and small-scale installations.
Over the past 10 years, Cultinova has delivered a variety of technology solutions to industrial clients and academia operating in
the field of controlled environment agriculture.
In many cases, the success of these projects has led to long-term collaborative relationships being formed which has resulted in us continuing to supply technology solutions and associated support to these clients through to the present day.
Below we have listed some of the projects we have undertaken which show the diversity of the type of solution that we have delivered.
Working together with a market leader in the provision of indoor farming solutions, Cultinova has developed a modular control system and user interface for CEA. The system monitors multiple parameters, including temperature, humidity, CO2, pH, EC, irrigation flow and light intensity that are critical to plant growth. The system can also control multi-channel lighting, nutrient dosing and forced airflow in protected growth environments. The scalable system finds use in small-scale growth chambers chambers through to large indoor farms.
The precise measurement of moisture in and around the root-zones of crops plays a key role in optimising the performance of soilless growing systems found in controlled environment agriculture. Cultinova has developed a range of passive volumetric water content sensors for various clients' soilless growing systems. Based upon dielectric measurement and rapid prototyping techniques, the sensors enable optimised irrigation conditions to be achieved in a variety of substrates including Rockwool, Perlite, Pumice and Polystyrene.
The effective optimisation of growth conditions, standardised workflows, quality management and ,food safety core management practices in CEA. Utilising the data which is collected by sensors, machines and workforce, Working together with CEA and supply chain experts, Cultinova have developed a cloud-based software platform which enables customised farm management and blockchain supported end-to traceability. The software is fully configurable and scaleable, enabling it to be perfectly matched to a wide variety of CEA operations.
CEA on the micro-scale offers possibilities for hyper-local crop production such as leafy greens in environments including shops, cafes, offices and schools. Working together with our client, a lighting supplier and mechanical fabrication company, Cultinova developed a mobile growth cabinet for indoor use. The Smart-Office-Farm offers multi-spectral lighting control, environmental monitoring and flood-&-drain irrigation management on three independent levels. The system is fully automated and can be controlled remotely via an Internet connection.
Lemna is a floating aquatic plant which offers a source of protein for use as a supplement in animal feed and foodstuffs for human consumption. The conditions for efficient lemna growth are quite specific, with temperature, light spectrum, water agitation and nutrient content all requiring precise control. Working with industrial and academic partners, Cultinova is supporting the development of a scaleable growth solution for commercial lemna production. Remote parameter monitoring and data management form part of the Cultinova technology offering.
LED lighting can be used to manipulate plant characteristics and maximise crop yields. However, questions remain regarding the energy related costs and sustainability of LED lighting systems in controlled environment agriculture. Working together with a UK consortium, Cultinova developed a multi-spectral LED lighting system that used real-time ambient light spectroscopy to intelligently supplement sunlight to increase biomass yields and morphology of basil and strawberries while significantly reducing the amount of energy used over a growth cycle.
At Cultinova, we understand that requirements vary between clients based upon their experience and available resources. As such, we tailor our approach to ensure our customers and partners get the most out of working with us based upon their business context or set of circumstances.
We happily support existing projects and engineering teams or can work independently to deliver complete technology solutions to a pre-defined set of requirements.
We are familiar with contemporary approaches to project management and view on-time and in-cost delivery as a prerequisite to successful project completion.
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We have offices in the UK and Germany and can be contacted via email at email@example.com