Roto-Gro International Limited Provides Update on Its Patented and Proprietary, Indoor Vertical Farming Technology
Roto-Gro International Limited provided this update on its patented and proprietary, indoor vertical farming technology (the "RotoGro Technology"). RotoGro is an agricultural technology company specializing in designing and manufacturing full- facility cultivation solutions for the indoor vertical farming marketspace. The versatility of the RotoGro Technology allows it to operate in two business segments - perishable foods and lawful cannabis. RotoGro offers each segment a specialized technology to significantly increase yields per square metre, while significantly decreasing operational costs in comparison with traditional single level indoor farming techniques and advanced multi-level indoor vertical farming techniques. RotoGro owes its unique market position to its competitive advantage: Its revolutionary agricultural cultivation technology produces sustainable products, while simultaneously bolstering the business of indoor vertical farming, making it sustainable in and of itself. RotoGro's Rotational Garden System (the "RotoGro Garden Systems") is the core of its technology. A technological revolution, the RotoGro Garden System is a commercial-scale, cutting-edge crop cultivation solution set to lead the charge in sustainable, urban indoor vertical farming. The intrinsic design of the RotoGro Garden System permits RotoGro to offer indoor vertical farmers a technology that not only significantly increases yields per square metre, but significantly reduces the operational expenditures compared with other indoor vertical farming technologies, including flat deck, stacked growing methods. RotoGro Garden Systems maximize plant surface growing area by situating a spherical garden around a centrally placed proprietary lighting system, utilizing what would otherwise be considered "dead space" within traditional plant canopy systems. Furthermore, the RotoGro Garden Systems can be stacked one on the other, in side-by-side arrays, maximizing the yields per square metre when compared to the footprint which they occupy. The result is maximized utilizable plant surface grow area within the cultivation space. RotoGro Garden Systems are comprised of patented and patent-pending designs that allow indoor vertical farmers utilizing this technology to minimize their operational expenditures. Indoor vertical farming consumes significant amounts of electrical power. This is the greatest operational cost associated with indoor vertical farming operations. The RotoGro Technology minimizes electrical consumption in two ways: First, the proprietary design of the RotoGro Garden Systems optimizes the concentration of light to the growing surface area; second, the RotoGro proprietary lighting system incorporates a unique, ducted cooling system which draws cooling external air through the light tube and disperses heated air out of the growing room. By removing the heat generated by the light source through this ventilation system, the air conditioning costs associated with cooling the heat generated from the light source are reduced, and the air conditioning costs associated with controlling the environment within the cultivation area are reduced. Furthermore, the heated air generated by the lights may be repurposed and used to heat other areas of the facility, lowering the heating costs normally associated within colder climates. RotoGro's proprietary software systems are designed to allow the RotoGro Garden Systems to be a operated on a "plug and play" basis. RotoGro's proprietary software controls of all the mechanical components of the RotoGro Garden Systems: the environmental parameters within the cultivation areas and the plant nutrient management systems (the "RotoGro Fertigation System"), all on screen and in real-time. These parameters can be pre-set, automating the entire cultivation process facility wide. This, in turn, significantly reduces the labour traditionally required for indoor vertical farming, which positively contributes to workflow efficiencies and labour costs. In addition, the RotoGro Fertigation System delivers the water and nutrient solutions to feed the plants. The entire process is controlled by RotoGro's proprietary software and its advanced design for both the RotoGro 710 and RotoGro 420 recycles approximately 98% of the water used to feed the plants, further decreasing the operational expenditure and negative environmental impacts, when compared to other farming techniques. Furthermore, the RotoGro Garden Systems utilize RotoGro's proprietary LED lighting system, increasing yield and plant quality when compared to traditional HPS lighting systems. RotoGro's plant science team has optimized the LED spectrum for optimized plant growth. RotoGro's software provides cultivators with the ability to adjust the RotoGro's proprietary LED lighting system's spectrum, intensity, dimmability, and other parameters to automate the lighting process within the RotoGro Garden Systems throughout the cultivation process. The RotoGro 710 is RotoGro's newest, garden system that will be utilized for the commercial-scale cultivation of high-quality perishable food. The RotoGro 710's footprint is 6.22 square metres and may be stacked three-high in commercial cultivation facilities, extrapolating into 48.75 square metres of growing surface area within a 6.22 square metres footprint. The RotoGro 710 has yielded remarkable results throughout its most recent crop trials, cultivating both leafy greens (various lettuce varieties) and herbs (basil and cilantro). Throughout its first trials cultivating basil and cilantro within the RotoGro 710, the Company's agronomy team cultivated 48 kilograms of fresh cut basil and 26.5 kilograms of fresh cut cilantro, each in half-planted RotoGro 710s in a single harvest cycle. The Company's agronomy team projects single harvest yields of 288 kilograms of fresh cut basil and 159 kilograms of fresh cut cilantro within the 6.22 square metres footprint of the RotoGro 710, when stacked 3-high. This equates to 46.3 kilograms of fresh cut basil and 25.6 kilograms of fresh cut cilantro per square metre, per crop cycle, with approximately 11 crop cycles per year utilizing the RotoGro Technology. In turn, the Company's agronomy team project yields of 509 kilograms of fresh cut basil and 281 kilograms of fresh cut cilantro per square metre utilizing the RotoGro Technology, annually. Factoring in RotoGro's full-facility cultivation layout, encompassing multi-layered automation and safety walkways, its agronomy team projects yields of 322 kilograms of fresh cut basil and 178 kilograms of fresh cut cilantro per square metre, annually. After multiple trials cultivating leafy greens (various lettuce types) utilizing the RotoGro 710, the Company's agronomy repeatedly achieved yields 124 kilograms in a fully planted RotoGro 710.