Roto-Gro International Limited (ASX:RGI) is in discussions with three Canadian universities to conduct peer review studies to validate the company’s research data for its patented and proprietary agricultural cultivation technology.
RotoGro’s research demonstrates that its patented and proprietary agricultural technology produces significant yield advantages compared to other indoor vertical farming technologies
The company’s plant nutrient management system recycles approximately 95% of the water used in the system and RotoGro’s supporting, automated technology reduces human intervention in the cultivation area, resulting in reduced labour costs
Over the past 18 months, RotoGro conducted continuous studies internally on its patented and proprietary agricultural technology. These studies focussed on testing both the long-term viability and reliability of RotoGro’s new Model 710 Rotational Garden System, together with its supporting, automated technology and RotoGro’s Enterprise Edition iGrow Software System.
The Garden System and the Automated Technology were subjected to various physical adversities, including scheduled specific component failures, relatively harsh environmental conditions, repetitive movement and other full-unit instabilities and exposure to other mechanical vulnerabilities.
These tests enabled RotoGro’s Research and Design Team to assess the Garden Systems and Automated Technology performance in reaction to the various stresses of a commercial-scale operation. The efficacy of the Company’s iGrow Software was also tested by RotoGro’s in-house Software Team for stresses such as data exposure, coding faults and security breaches.
RotoGro’s Plant Science Team also conducted numerous studies throughout the cultivation cycles. These studies were specific to the crop type cultivated in the Garden Systems focussing on lighting spectrums, system revolution speeds, growing medium types, nutrient feeding parameters, environmental controls, and cycle times.
COO, Michael Di Tommaso, said the data arising from the company’s studies of the Garden Systems, Automated Technology, iGrow Software, and crop cycles will be employed by the company to promote both its comparative and competitive advantages.
Each Model 710 produces approximately 88.32 kilograms of leafy greens throughout each 21-day cultivation cycle. This significant production metric is attributable to the intrinsic features of the Garden Systems, including its proprietary full-spectrum LED lighting system and the direct injection feed system. For each 21-day crop cultivation cycle, the Garden Systems (when stacked three-high) produce 264.96 kilograms of leafy greens for every
It is critically important that RotoGro’s data is verified by third-parties. Independent verification of the benefits of the Company’s patented and proprietary technology (focussing on our Model 710 Garden System and its supporting, automated technology) will validate both its comparative and competitive advantages,” Mr Di Tommaso said.
“Securing synergistic opportunities with third parties, especially respected academic institutions, is essential to achieving this objective. The proposed engagements with reputable Canadian universities will help RotoGro achieve agri-tech market recognition, solidifying its position at the forefront of indoor vertical farming technology market space.”