We live in an ever changing world and new and repurposed technologies are changing the way we do things. For generations farming was an activity that only took place in a field, but advances in technology are changing that process dramatically.
Cleanrooms have been in use for decades as a controlled environment. Initially designed for electronics, cleanrooms were engineered to keep contaminates out of a designated space and also control air flow. As time has passed cleanrooms are becoming highly specialized based on the end needs of the companies that are using them. Cleanrooms today are used on a broad variety of activities that may range from the creation of satellites to the production of e-liquids.
One of the most surprising uses for cleanrooms is through agriculture. This isn’t a controlled environment or laboratory; the cleanrooms are actually used for growing plants. This is a bit of a shift from what cleanrooms are typically used for, but like the other processes within the room, many of the variables are highly controlled.
The advantages of using a cleanroom are actually similar to the reasons you’d find for other cleanroom applications. This clean environment is free of contaminants, pests and other hazards. The growing conditions are highly controlled and are subject to the same fluctuations in weather and sunlight as they would be when grown outside.
Society is becoming increasingly more urban, and thus the open green space for growing fruits and vegetables many years ago isn’t as prevalent today. Cleanrooms can be installed in warehouses and other industrial facilities. One of the unique benefits that comes with using modularly built cleanrooms is their ease of installation and how quickly they can be assembled.
Using cleanrooms for agriculture can mean producing fruits and vegetables in an urban environment, as well as a much higher yield of crops. Cleanrooms offer the ability to take advantage of vertical space which means more plants can be grown in a smaller area. Furthermore, because there are the same variables found with insects and weather, a consistent yield that is high quality is much easier to achieve.
Will cleanrooms someday replace traditional growing methods? The future is incredibly bright, and we have technological advantages far beyond that of generations past. It probably won’t happen overnight, but cleanrooms will continue to play a role in agriculture that will continue to increase.
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