The first phase of construction on the new Nordic Harvest vertical farm has been completed after just 6 months of work. Once finished, the facility will become Europe’s largest vertical farm at 14 stories high in a 7,000-square-meter facility at Copenhagen Markets in Denmark.
Featuring proprietary technologies from YesHealth Group, a company that operates vertical farms across Asia and Europe, the Nordic Harvest farm will highlight robotics, hydroponics and more than 20,000 LED lights. The vertical farm will also feature smart software for processing over 5,000 individual data points that are all integrated with Nordic Harvest’s design of process flow and packaging.
The project, which began construction in April 2020, comes from a partnership between YesHealth Group and Nordic Harvest. Production is set to begin within the first quarter of 2021, with profits projected within the first year. Financial projections are based on a scale-up model, so the vertical farm will expand from a 200-metric-ton annual capacity in the first quarter of 2021 to a 1,000-metric-ton annual capacity by the fourth quarter of the same year. Its success will make it a model of feasibility for the growing vertical agricultural industry.
Combining technology that the company has developed over the past decade in-house, the new vertical farm will now allow YesHealth Group to harness real-world data from the unique climate and environment in Copenhagen to improve speed and efficiency.
“This is a crucial step of our expansion into Europe, and is in-line with our global expansion plan, which we have carefully mapped out for the coming years,” said Jesper Hansen, CCO of YesHealth Group. “YesHealth Group has industry leading technology and operational know-how, and we’re selecting more regional partners with local market expertise like Nordic Harvest.” The project is an important step for the potential construction of more vertical farms across Europe and Asia, as well as serving as a source of inspiration for sustainable systems that can produce safe, high-quality food with less resources.
Photography by Jesper Palermo via YesHealth Group