World Food Building, Sweden

Since our first working day, we have been working from a global perspective, where the construction of our intangible assets such as patents, industrial designs and trademarks is very important. On the other hand, we are building our future business model on the license revenues from the technology that we are now developing. Plantagon aims to be the world’s best developer of smart food systems for the city, and in order to get there, we believe we need to help finance the first projects, fully or partially.

We are right now active in Europe, Asia and North America.

In Linköping, Sweden February 9, 2012 the first Plantagon Greenhouse broke ground. A new type of greenhouse for vertical farming; an international Centre of Excellence for Urban Agriculture; a demo-plant for Swedish clean-tech and a climate-smart way to use excess heating and CO2 from industries. The potential is tremendous and ambitions high for the new greenhouse being built in Linköping, Sweden, near the regional energy company, Tekniska Verken. Not least, it will be a new landmark for the people in Linköping to enjoy. Once the drafting stage is complete, construction of the greenhouse will take an estimated 12-16 months.

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.

During work on the detailed development plan Plantagon invited SAAB, Samhall, SSAB, Linköping University and Business Sweden to take part in the project. The aim is to establish a solution guided by the philosophy behind SymbioCity.

SymbioCity is a Swedish government initiative run by Business Sweden and SKL International. Business Sweden oversees the SymbioCity trademark and promotes national exports on behalf of the Swedish government and industry. As part of Swedish international development co-operation, SKL International uses the SymbioCity Approach to support cities in developing countries to plan and build sustainably e.g. by identifying inclusive and innovative solutions.

In SymbioCity, Plantagon is the official offer to cultivate inner city life. The Urban Agriculture offer proposes a new way to cultivate food by building vertical greenhouses that reduce transport costs and emissions. This approach integrates with the city and saves money and the environment.

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.