New "Lego-like" vertical growing system offers flexibility and small footprint

A German firm has launched the latest format in high-density soil-less urban growing.

Image: Aponix
Image: Aponix

The modular Aponix Vertical Barrel uses an NFT hydroponic system and is designed particularly for urban farming facilities operating on limited space.

"There are no fixed structures necessary for the set-up, like tables or racks, so the barrels can be positioned and moved easily to provide flexibility," explained its inventor Marco Tidona.

The units are constructed out of a single "Lego-like" part that forms 1/6th of a ring segment, any number of which can then be stacked vertically, topped with a lid that incorporates irrigation using a simple sprinkler or spray nozzle, he added.

The entire barrel can sit ona stand or even be hung from above, and rapidly dismantled after use for washing and re-planting.

"Many barrels can be connected in line and be powered by a central reservoir with organic or mineral liquid nutrient solution and a pump for irrigation," Tidona said, and suggested herbs, lettuce or strawberries as candidate crops.

He added: "Aponix is expanding and is currently looking for sales and manufacturing partners."

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