Benjamin Miller, Jack Morris, Alireza Saeedi (Austria)
By the year 2030 the population will reach 8.5 billion. A growing demand for fresh food will create a logistical challenge for farm-to-table produce. The Valtra Vertical tractor an all purpose tool designed together with farm and logistics in mind so that it can optimize production in vertical farms.
DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK
In the next ten years the world will see significant global changes. Large-scale urban growth will create problems with traditional farming methods.
The main being;
-The large physical space requirement
-Its toll on arable land, high water consumption
-Seasonal dependant crop cycles
Vertical farms have the inherent benefit of a reduced overall footprint, making them suitable to urban areas. In order to meet the growing world demands vertical farms need to become large-scale and increase production output. Our concept is the next step towards a more productive vertical farm.
The concept considers the tractor and farming system in conjunction and is comprised of three main elements;
A vertical tractor
A drone logistic system
A belt driven aeroponics.
The system suspends the crops on a scrolling belt that can be driven from one end. This can make harvesting and seeding rapid as the tractor can simply turn the belt to pull plants towards itself for harvesting and seeding. Travelling distance is reduced significantly.
The second major part is the logistics of getting the crops off the belts and ready to ship. For this there is an automated drone system (similar to advance warehousing). This is the most effective way to move the produce on a 2D level. Drones focus on collecting and transporting produce so the tractor may remain harvesting at all times.
The vertical tractor is a facilitator of crops from seeding, though harvesting and finally ready to ship. It performs harvesting and seeding simultaneously. It lowers produce to ground level for drone handling.
The base couples with the logistic drone to deposit the produce and also has auxiliary functions like a PTO and lifter. The vertical tractor can truly be used in any scenario.
The tractor can cover more area in less time and perform otherwise laborious tasks with ease and precision. Resulting in higher farm yield and and more industrialized vertical farm for 2030.