Plantagon International

Feeding the City. Building the future.

Agritechture

Agriculture

Combining the physical, biological, economic and social conditions for successful and productive agriculture solutions in urban environments

Technology

Applying existing technologies and developing new innovative ways to create efficient processes, systems and solutions for sustainable urban agriculture

Architecture

Developing esthetical and functional real estate solutions that integrate within the urban infrastructure

Agritechture

A unique way of combining urban agriculture, innovative technical solutions and architecture to meet the demand for efficient food production within cities.

Retro-fitting

Plantagon can retrofit empty areas of existing real estate or change the use of a space (for example, converting underutilized car parking space into a growing area). Typically, the crops grown in a retrofit will be sold to the local market (restaurants and supermarkets) or sold through the Plantastore within the building (café’s and convenience stores).

Conceptualization is the first, and perhaps the most critical step in the product creation process. Here, Plantagon analyses the customer’s requirements and environmental conditions to develop the most appropriate solution. Textual and diagrammatic descriptions of the concept are produced and agreed with the customer.

This step includes:

  • Concept development
  • High level feasibility study and implementation plan
  • Visualizations

Partner: Sweco AB

This step involves the translation of the conceptual information into logical definition and materialization of functions required to support the concept. This is accomplished with detailed design and technical planning and robust financial planning to ensure product feasibility. In this step, there will be collaboration between all stakeholders to achieve final agreement on the proposed product and ensure implementation is as efficient as possible. The final output is the complete blueprint for the proposed project, ready for implementation.

This step includes:

  • Detailed design
  • Technical optimization
  • Architectural Plans / Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Operating model
  • Project / Financial planning

Partner: Sweco AB

This phase involves the construction of the actual project and heavily relies on the preparation and planning carried out in the previous phases. It is critical to align all technical partners to ensure Plantagon delivers the world-class product that is demanded from the customer.

This step includes:

  • Construction
  • Technical and operational setup
  • Establish distribution / supply chain channels
  • Training

Partners: Sweco AB (project manager), 3rd party local engineering consultants, 3rd party local construction company.

In this step, Plantagon will assemble a highly specialized team to operate the plant and ensure output is optimized throughout the lifetime of the project.

This step includes:

  • Day-to-day operations (supply chain, crop management and distribution)
  • Continuous improvement and quality control
  • Sales, Marketing and Administration

Partner: 3rd party facility management, property management and (when quality can be ensured) operations (in Sweden, plant operations are outsourced to Samhall AB, supervised by Plantagon)

Plantagon’s long term objective is to license solutions to third party developers and operators.

The compensation may take the form of a lump sum royalty, royalty based on volume of production (running royalty) or right to use licensee’s technology (cross licensing).

Extension

Plantagon’s solutions can be added to existing buildings in the form of an extension that uses the unique double skin façade to form a vertical greenhouse, a closed-loop industrial scale food production system.

Similar to the retrofitting system, the crops that are grown will likely be consumed within the building or sold to local restaurants and supermarkets.

Conceptualization is the first, and perhaps the most critical step in the product creation process. Here, Plantagon analyses the customer’s requirements and environmental conditions to develop the most appropriate solution. Textual and diagrammatic descriptions of the concept are produced and agreed with the customer.

This step includes:

  • Concept development
  • High level feasibility study and implementation plan
  • Visualizations

Partner: Sweco AB

This step involves the translation of the conceptual information into logical definition and materialization of functions required to support the concept. This is accomplished with detailed design and technical planning and robust financial planning to ensure product feasibility. In this step, there will be collaboration between all stakeholders to achieve final agreement on the proposed product and ensure implementation is as efficient as possible. The final output is the complete blueprint for the proposed project, ready for implementation.

This step includes:

  • Detailed design
  • Technical optimization
  • Architectural Plans / Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Operating model
  • Project / Financial planning

Partner: Sweco AB

This phase involves the construction of the actual project and heavily relies on the preparation and planning carried out in the previous phases. It is critical to align all technical partners to ensure Plantagon delivers the world-class product that is demanded from the customer.

This step includes:

  • Construction
  • Technical and operational setup
  • Establish distribution / supply chain channels
  • Training

Partners: Sweco AB (project manager), 3rd party local engineering consultants, 3rd party local construction company.

In this step, Plantagon will assemble a highly specialized team to operate the plant and ensure output is optimized throughout the lifetime of the project.

This step includes:

  • Day-to-day operations (supply chain, crop management and distribution)
  • Continuous improvement and quality control
  • Sales, Marketing and Administration

Partner: 3rd party facility management, property management and (when quality can be ensured) operations (in Sweden, plant operations are outsourced to Samhall AB, supervised by Plantagon)

Plantagon’s long term objective is to license solutions to third party developers and operators.

The compensation may take the form of a lump sum royalty, royalty based on volume of production (running royalty) or right to use licensee’s technology (cross licensing).

New Building

Plantagon can establish an industrial scale vertical greenhouse, using its unique systems, including the Vertical Food Production Line.

These buildings can either consist of pure industrial production of vegetables or combine horticulture and real estate components (residential, commercial, hospitality, retail) to form a multi-function structure.

The design and uniqueness of the building creates a landmark in any city it is developed.

Conceptualization is the first, and perhaps the most critical step in the product creation process. Here, Plantagon analyses the customer’s requirements and environmental conditions to develop the most appropriate solution. Textual and diagrammatic descriptions of the concept are produced and agreed with the customer.

This step includes:

  • Concept development
  • High level feasibility study and implementation plan
  • Visualizations

Partner: Sweco AB

This step involves the translation of the conceptual information into logical definition and materialization of functions required to support the concept. This is accomplished with detailed design and technical planning and robust financial planning to ensure product feasibility. In this step, there will be collaboration between all stakeholders to achieve final agreement on the proposed product and ensure implementation is as efficient as possible. The final output is the complete blueprint for the proposed project, ready for implementation.

This step includes:

  • Detailed design
  • Technical optimization
  • Architectural Plans / Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Operating model
  • Project / Financial planning

Partner: Sweco AB

This phase involves the construction of the actual project and heavily relies on the preparation and planning carried out in the previous phases. It is critical to align all technical partners to ensure Plantagon delivers the world-class product that is demanded from the customer.

This step includes:

  • Construction
  • Technical and operational setup
  • Establish distribution / supply chain channels
  • Training

Partners: Sweco AB (project manager), 3rd party local engineering consultants, 3rd party local construction company.

In this step, Plantagon will assemble a highly specialized team to operate the plant and ensure output is optimized throughout the lifetime of the project.

This step includes:

  • Day-to-day operations (supply chain, crop management and distribution)
  • Continuous improvement and quality control
  • Sales, Marketing and Administration

Partner: 3rd party facility management, property management and (when quality can be ensured) operations (in Sweden, plant operations are outsourced to Samhall AB, supervised by Plantagon)

Plantagon’s long term objective is to license solutions to third party developers and operators.

The compensation may take the form of a lump sum royalty, royalty based on volume of production (running royalty) or right to use licensee’s technology (cross licensing).

Symbiotic System

Similar to the New Building concept described above, the Symbiotic System builds upon a standalone building to create a fully integrated solution.

The Symbiotic System combines municipal infrastructure such as cooling/heating, biogas, waste / water management and energy production.

The Symbiotic System is able to use the “waste” generated from the municipal functions to create a highly efficient growing system. It also provides plant residuals that feed back into the system to avoid food waste.

Conceptualization is the first, and perhaps the most critical step in the product creation process. Here, Plantagon analyses the customer’s requirements and environmental conditions to develop the most appropriate solution. Textual and diagrammatic descriptions of the concept are produced and agreed with the customer.

This step includes:

  • Concept development
  • High level feasibility study and implementation plan
  • Visualizations

Partner: Sweco AB

This step involves the translation of the conceptual information into logical definition and materialization of functions required to support the concept. This is accomplished with detailed design and technical planning and robust financial planning to ensure product feasibility. In this step, there will be collaboration between all stakeholders to achieve final agreement on the proposed product and ensure implementation is as efficient as possible. The final output is the complete blueprint for the proposed project, ready for implementation.

This step includes:

  • Detailed design
  • Technical optimization
  • Architectural Plans / Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Operating model
  • Project / Financial planning

Partner: Sweco AB

This phase involves the construction of the actual project and heavily relies on the preparation and planning carried out in the previous phases. It is critical to align all technical partners to ensure Plantagon delivers the world-class product that is demanded from the customer.

This step includes:

  • Construction
  • Technical and operational setup
  • Establish distribution / supply chain channels
  • Training

Partners: Sweco AB (project manager), 3rd party local engineering consultants, 3rd party local construction company.

In this step, Plantagon will assemble a highly specialized team to operate the plant and ensure output is optimized throughout the lifetime of the project.

This step includes:

  • Day-to-day operations (supply chain, crop management and distribution)
  • Continuous improvement and quality control
  • Sales, Marketing and Administration

Partner: 3rd party facility management, property management and (when quality can be ensured) operations (in Sweden, plant operations are outsourced to Samhall AB, supervised by Plantagon)

Plantagon’s long term objective is to license solutions to third party developers and operators.

The compensation may take the form of a lump sum royalty, royalty based on volume of production (running royalty) or right to use licensee’s technology (cross licensing).

In a dense city environment access to land is extremely low and the price is extremely high. A viable solution for sustainable urban food production must produce maximum volume of food on a minimum land area whilst using minimal resources and generating minimum waste.

The Linköping Model

unit one
linköping
Since the spring of 2009 Tekniska Verken and Plantagon have been discussing the potential of integrating modern urban agriculture into the Kallersta district in the city of Linköping, 2 hours south of the Swedish capital Stockholm. Initially the purpose if this was to ascertain whether access to locally cultivated vegetables would help develop Tekniska Verken’s existing symbiotic systems – by utilising waste heat and carbon dioxide from the adjacent biogas facility; by using low value return heat from the Gärstadverken; and by using surplus biomass from the greenhouse in biogas production. One fundamental idea was to have the vertical greenhouse become a landmark for the smart systems developed by Linköping.
This marks the realization of the vision of creating functional sustainable solutions for the growing cities of today and tomorrow, where we can grow food in the cities in a resource-smart way, making use of the special conditions of the city.

The Plantagon greenhouse, developed together with Sweco, is designed for vertical agriculture of vegetables in urban areas. In cooperation with several partners, Plantagon plans to develop integrated solutions for energy, excess heat, waste, CO2 and water.

With this greenhouse we’re developing and fine-tuning the technical systems required for vertical farming in urban areas, together with several well-known Swedish partner companies. We want to gather expertise in the field, and our long-term objective is to create an international Center of Excellence for Urban Agriculture in Linköping.

Unit 1 Exhibition

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    Enter straight into the core of Plantagon technology for Urban industrial Vertical Farming!
    Experience our lead project in Linköping, two hours south of the Swedish capital Stockholm.
    Welcome to see the exhibition displayed at Plantagon HQ in Stockholm.
     
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    Virtual Exhibition

    With Google Office View
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    World Food Building

    The WFB is our demonstration plant for the temperate zone, being built in Linköping, two hours south of Stockholm. It’s a 65 yard tall office building, producing /700 000 – /1 100 000 pounds of vegetables per year on the south façade. Take a look
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    Industrial Symbiosis

    Plantagon’s first demonstration plant is going to be built in Linköping. The building is a part of a clean tech cluster, and The demonstration plant is also a symbiotic system in itself. Take a look
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    Double Skin Facade

    One of the unique features with the Plantagon greenhouse is its façade. It makes it possible to maintain a controlled climate inside the greenhouse and is at the same time very energy efficient. Take a look
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    Pumice

    In a Plantagon greenhouse the plants grow in Pumice. The reasons for that are the fantastic properties when it comes to growing results and environmental effects. Take a look
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    Disinfection

    Pumice has the unique ability that it could be reused over and over again. To ensure that no harmful bacteria or spores follow the pumice to the next crop, it has to be disinfected by using a microwave oven. Take a look
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    uPot

    Plantagon has invented a transportation system for greenhouses that can increase the production per square meter. The invention consists of an expandable pot that allows spacing between plants in two dimensions. Take a look

Why?

80%
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+ Brazil
  • By 2050 up to 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers.
  • Until then human population will increase by about 3 billion, applying conservative estimates.
  • Over 70 % of land area suitable for farming is used for crop production
  • We will need further arable land the size of Brazil.

Currently, we use 80% of the arable land we have access to globally. In the future, without significant change in today’s food production, it is estimated that at least 10-15% of the global vegetable production must take place inside cities by 2050 in order to maintain our current growth and consumption patterns.

Due to these demographic and environmental factors, significant changes are taking place within the Agriculture sector. Trends are showing that urban areas are placing increasing strain on the food industry and associated resources such as water, energy and arable land. As a result, the global market is experiencing increased food price volatility and Governments around the world are taking drastic steps to mitigate the future risks and challenges associated with their development goals.

Based on our urbanization trends, cities are becoming the hubs for the biggest human settlements and feeding the world population is now becoming practically ‘’feeding the cities’’.

We need to integrate food production into city infrastructure

The world’s growing population is becoming increasingly urbanised where today’s urban population exceeds that of its rural population

1950 – 29%

Total population – 2 532 000

1980 – 39%

Total population – 4 453 000

2010 – 52%

Total population – 6 896 000

2030 – 60%

Total population – 8 321 000

2050 – 67%

Total population – 9 306 000

The projected world population distributed between urban and rural. UN statistic, 2011 revision

With almost 70% of the world expected to live in cities by 2050,
the strain on the food, energy and water system is increasing at an unsustainable rate.

Plantagon is a Companization – two different legal entities working for the same cause: To meet the upcoming food crisis. Join the association to influence from the inside without being an employee, a manager or an investor, but by supporting our mission.