ModuleX: a 2nd generation Plant Factory

ModuleX: the modular Plant Factory

SCALABLE

Start up small. Minimize your initial CAPEX, and build your showcase farm with a ModuleX-2.

As you develop new routes to the market around you, when you attract more customers, then scale-up in a smart way.

Add Grow Modules as you need, with a fast 12 week leadtime. And grow your business to a ModuleX-64 and beyond...

ADAPTABLE

Each Grow Module has its independent ClimateZone and Nutrient system.

Grow Genovese Basil in the ‘Italian' ClimateZone, and grow microgreens the Grow Module right next to it, in a ‘Belgian’ Climate with a separate optimized nutrient mix. Adapt your mix of crops to the needs of your customers.

EFFICIENT

Reduce your labor cost while each growing bench comes to you within 90 seconds with the push of a button; made possible by the BenchCarousel.

Reduce your CAPEX to 1800 EUR/m2 (167 EUR/sq.ft), because 1 Grow Module contains an industry-best 86m2 (926 sq.ft) growing surface. Achieve your maximum yield when your crops receive 100% of the light, (almost) 100% of the time.

ModuleX-8: a typical system with 8 Grow Modules

With Operations Module, Cold Storage Module and Office Module –
output approx. 819 kg/week (1806 lbs/week) for 686m2 (7384 sq.ft) of growing surface

Scalable

Be smart: start up small, then scale up

Plant Factory Growing
Surface
Output Approximate Base Price
(Ex works)
Microgreens:
Red Stem radish
Herbs:
Basil Genovese
Lettuce:
Romaine
m2
(sq.ft)
kg/week
(lbs/week)
kg/week
(lbs/week)
kg/week
(lbs/week)
Grow modules Operations module
(excl. germination)
1 Grow Module 86
(926)
159
(351)
102
(225)
108
(238)
not available as separate grow module, min. order is ModuleX-2
ModuleX-2 172
(1.852)
318
(701)
204
(450)
216
(476)
€1.900/m2 (177/sq.ft) = €326.800 €39.000
ModuleX-4 344
(3.703)
636
(1.402)
407
(897)
432
(952)
€1.900/m2 (177/sq.ft) = €653.600 €73.000
ModuleX-8 688
(7.406)
1.272
(2.804)
814
(1.795)
864
(1.905)
€1.800/m2 (167/sq.ft) = €1.238.400 €95.000
ModuleX-16 1.376
(14.811)
2.544
(5.609)
1.628
(3.589)
1.728
(3.810)
€1.800/m2 (167/sq.ft) = €2.476.800 €170.000
ModuleX-32
(on 2 levels)
2.752
(29.622)
5.088
(11.217)
3.256
(7.178)
3.456
(7.619)
€1.700/m2 (158/sq.ft) = €4.678.400 €340.000

Adaptable

Every Grow Module has a separate, independent ClimateZone & Nutrient System

Adapt the climate and nutrient formula for each Grow Module independently.
Example for a ModuleX-8 Plant Factory:

At the Start-Up,
the customer needs are 2 crops:

Basil : 425 kg (937 lbs) / week (ClimateZone ‘Italy’) - 4 Grow Modules used

Romaine Lettuce : 450 kg (993 lbs) / week (ClimateZone ‘France’) - 4 Grow Modules used

One Year Later,
the customer now requires 1 extra crop:

Basil : 318 kg (702 lbs) / week (ClimateZone ‘Italy’) - 3 Grow Modules used

Romaine Lettuce : 338 kg (745 lbs) / week (ClimateZone ‘France’) - 3 Grow Modules used

Microgreens : 334 kg (736 lbs) / week (ClimateZone ‘France’, with separate nutrient formula) - 2 Grow Modules used

Efficient

Reduced labor cost, Easy operation

The automatic crop-to-person BenchCarousel brings any growing bench to you within 90 seconds, at the push of a button. Start harvesting any crop within seconds. Gain access to any bench to check the health of your crops.

For larger systems of 8 Grow Modules or more, we provide several options in further post-harvest automation: seeding machines, bench and tray washing machines, transplanting machines, substrate filling. We will guide you in the right automation for your business.

Industry Record 86m2 (926 sq.ft) growing surface

The BenchCarousel design eliminates the need for a central corridor, resulting in an industry record 86m2 (926 sq.ft) growing surface with a low CAPEX of 1800 EUR/m2 (167 EUR/sq.ft).

In reality, the most expensive 40ft container-based system is the most economical per m2 or sq.ft. growing surface: “invest in growing surface, not in buildings”.

Crops receive 100% of the light,
(almost) 100% of the time

The crops have maximum exposure to light: The crops receive 200+μmol of LED light close to the canopy; on 100% of the growing surface, 100% of the time. This maximizes crop yield.

Benches can also be optimized for maximum plant density. Example: Genovese Basil: 220% higher planting density than a gully/gutter based system, resulting in a gross yield of 75 kg/m2/year (15 lbs/ sq.ft).

What’s next? Your journey to profit

Educate:
FEASIBILITY CALCULATOR

Is your business idea for Vertical Farming profitable? In your city? With your local costs and selling prices?

We help you calculate the simulations yourself, on your laptop.

After you have researched your local market, you will have collected information on your mix of crops, projected sales volumes, your selling prices, labor costs, and electricity costs. We have developed the ModuleX “feasibility calculator”, which we offer free of charge. The calculator is connected to the yield database of our crop guide, with 200+ crops. Using the feasibility calculator yourself requires a 1-2 hour online training.

Next, we offer you and your team a LIVE interactive tour of the ModuleX. You can see the details of the BenchCarousel, the technical room, the automation, and the several subsystems. And ask questions throughout the tour.

Ready?
FULL BUSINESS PLAN

After project feasibility is established, we develop a full business plan.

It starts with a Crop mix optimization. What does your customer need? You may be surprised that “basil is not basil”! There are many cultivars, with yields ranging between 22 and 70 kg/sqm/year (5 -14 lbs/sqft/year). So one basil can cost up 3 times as much to produce than another basil.

What is your expected NET yield? Basil for a high-end restaurant requires higher specifications, and a higher unit production cost, than the same cultivar for a farmers market. We advise you on how to optimize the mix of crops and the specifications needed for your end-use application.

We then calculate a full Business Plan using your seeds, your expected demand and mix of crops, and your input costs : labor, wages, electricity, water.

The deliverable of the Business Plan is a detailed biological and technical recommendation for the “best fit” ModuleX PlantFactory, with a complete ROI calculation. The cost to develop the plan is approx. 10.000 EUR, and will be deducted from your final ModuleX order.

CONTACT US FOR
THE FEASIBILITY CALCULATOR

Ship your 1st harvest in less than 6 months