Vertical Farming, Plant Factory Market Rides on Growing Demand in Various Industries


Radiant insight Published “Vertical Farming, Plant Factory Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2014 to 2020”


Plant factory market was valued at USD 403 million in 2013 and is expected at USD 1.97 billion over ate forecast period. A blocked surrounding where plants are grown beneath artificial lights on shelves loaded up one on other is Vertical farming, plant factory (PF). Plant growth is controlled artificially to meet its requirement and eliminate harmful substances like poor weather conditions and pesticides.


Plant factory is totally science based controlling spectrums which are best for the plant growth. This produces plants with constant cost, quantity, quality, harvesting time, and selling price as well. The absolute need of computerised process motivated by microprocessors, Semiconductor Company, and especially by the requirement of uncontaminated food.


Global market is balanced to attain considerable expansion as the supply of food commences to adopt computerized progression. Grow lights are less expensive and more sophisticated to operate as wind & solar energy. Hence these are approved by plant factories and greenhouses.


Increased crop-yield is achieved by the plant factory. Machines are organized by the robot technology to improve the yield of the crop and control weed. Robots eliminate the herbicides producing safer crop by maintaining strict hygiene and safety policies. They control quality, variety, and freshness of food working non-stop 24/7 unlike human being.


Plant factories growing vegetables and fruits on shelves have improved the delivery of food with consistent quality and implemented competence in controlling production of food. Strawberries are type of a high return crop cultivated through this process round the year. Organic vegetables are produced in the food factories representing a step further in the process of automation providing food store help instantly.


Farming does not depend on the climatic conditions anymore and organic vegetables are produces round the clock. The land area for farming is reducing day by day; this is the evolution of new type of farming. Local demand for food regularly is taken care by growing in warehouse. Food can be grown in the restricted area in houses as well producing efficient quality of fresh food consistently.


The environment is controlled by light from LED, air, and culture solutions creating conditions optimum for the plants to grow. The quantity of temperature, carbon dioxide, light, and humidity concentration level is optimized unaffected by the vegetables growth rate and the weather. This helps growth two to four times sooner than grown in fields, and produce is raised by ten to twenty times.


Plant Factories Market Driving Forces

Demand for ability to grow food consistently

Demand for ability to grow food locally

Can grow food in warehouses

Can grow food in the home

Dedicating space that is efficient for producing food

Fresh, sanitary food available consistently

Food factories

Ability to produce organic vegetables

Ability to produce vegetables 24 hours a day

Land available for farming depleting quickly

New types of farming are evolving

Growing of vegetables indoors all year round

A plant factory allows the growing of vegetables indoors all year round. It is a system that artificially creates the environment necessary for plants to grow by controlling the amount of culture solution, air, and light from light-emitting diodes (LED).

Because the amount of light, temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration levels can be optimized without being affected by the weather, the growth rate of vegetables is two to four times faster than those grown in open-air fields, and yields are ten to twenty times higher.

Visible natural light has a spectrum different from grow lights. Visible light is measured by lux or energy. Plant factory grow lights are different. Grow lights provide artificial light used for plant growth. The spectrum of growth lights is tuned to the plant growing task. Plant light has photons from the blue to red (400-700 nm) part of the spectrum. This is called growth light.


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Horticulture lamps address the role of light in the growth and development of plants. Plant growth is a function of photosynthesis. The plant growth lights work in three different ways:

To provide all the light a plant needs to grow

To supplement sunlight, especially in winter months when daylight hours are short

To increase the length of the “day” in order to trigger specific growth and flowering

Because the amount of light, temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration levels can be optimized without being affected by the weather, the growth rate of vegetables is two to four times faster than those grown in open-air fields, and yields are ten to twenty times higher.

According to Susan Eustis, lead author of the study, “Plant factories use growth light to automate and control growing. The ability to grow food consistently, locally represents a major breakthrough for humanity.” Grow lights permit people to grow food in warehouses and in the home, dedicating previously unused space to a purpose and in a manner that is efficient for producing food.

Plant factory market forecast analysis indicates that markets at $403 million in 2013 are anticipated to reach $1.97 billion by 2020. Growth is a result of the unmitigated march of automated process driven by the semiconductor industry, by microprocessors, and more directly by the need for food that is uncontaminated.

The ability to use solar energy to grow food using LED lights is a compelling new way to produce food. Using plant factory technology the containers can be put in homes and restaurants, apartments and greenhouses to grow food more efficiently and that is not contaminated with pesticides or other things that should not be on food. The ability to grow food in layers, 24 x 7 represents a major shift in the way food is provided to people. It means fresh food can be available year around at home and anyplace a person


Table of Content


Plant factory, vertical farming executive summary 46

Plant factory, vertical farming market driving forces 46

Plant factory vertical farming benefits 48

Harvested leafy vegetables 52

Plant factory spectral output and color temperature of light can be adjusted  53

Plant factory vertical farming challenges 55

Commitment to sustainable agriculture 58

Wheat, maize and rice  59

Efficiency of led grow lights 60

Plant factory vertical farming market shares 60

Plant factory market forecasts 62



1.1 Plant Factories Allow Three-Dimensional Cultivation 64

1.2 High-Tech Urban Farming Solution: Vertical Farming 68

1.2.1 Plant Factory Self-Sufficient Farming 70

1.2.2 Vertical Farming  70

1.3 Plant Factory Definition 73

1.4 Container System Anytime, Healthy And Quality Seedling Production  76

1.4.1 Artificial Seedling Cultivation System Using A Container Provides Cost Performance  77

1.4.2 Compact Seedling Vegetable Cultivation System 78

1.5 Vertical Farming: Cities Could Be Food Producers 81

1.6 Photosynthesis 82

1.7 Light Reactions Increase Plant Yield 82

1.8 Japanese Plant Factory 84

1.8.1 Plant Factories  85

1.9 Organic Farming  89

1.9.1 Size Fan For Traditional Lighting System 90

1.9.2 LED Lighting System 91

1.10 Hydroponics 91


2 Plant Factory, Vertical Farming Market Shares and Forecasts

2.1 Plant Factory, Vertical Farming Market Driving Forces

2.1.1 Plant Factory Vertical Farming Benefits

2.1.2 Harvested Leafy Vegetables

2.1.3 Plant Factory Spectral Output And Color Temperature Of Light Can Be Adjusted

2.1.4 Plant Factory Vertical Farming Challenges

2.1.5 Commitment To Sustainable Agriculture

2.1.6 Wheat, Maize And Rice

2.2 Plant Factory Vertical Farming Market Shares

2.2.1 Japanese Plant Factory

2.2.2 Japan Has the Most Plant-Factories


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