“Standing still is moving backwards”, is our philosophy. With that in mind, our R&D team is constantly working on improving our products.

One of the reasons for starting our company was and always will be the belief that we have to take care of our planet as much as the planet has always took care of us.

Sustainability is a key word we all should live by. Hortiworks Holland makes an effort to include sustainability in all their products. Below some examples of things that can be expected from us in the near future:

Full Spectrum

If we have to name one thing that is central in the life of all things on Earth, it must be our Sun. The Sun has always given us light, warmth, and energy. It is literally the bringer of new life.

The light that reaches our eyes at this moment, is reaching our planet since hundreds of millions of years. With that in mind it seems safe to assume that plants on Earth have adapted to that specific light source.

In the past century, science has made big advances in understanding plant physiology. That being said: We still don’t know everything!

With that in mind, Hortiworks Holland has chosen to mimic the Sun’s spectrum in her fixtures. We firmly believe that, although not always already agreed on in the scientific world, there is more to light than we know.

By choosing the “full spectrum approach” the Hortiworks Holland fixtures have a number of benefits over non-full spectrum fixtures:

In a working environment, normal daylight is much preferred. No more need for special goggles to protect they eyes against HPS or Metal Halide light sources.
The outside environment (the neighbours) will accept light escaping from the greenhouse more easily if it is daylight versus an orange or purple glow.
It will always be possible to take colour true pictures of your crops.

Vertical-/Urban Farming

Wikipedia: Vertical farming is the practice of producing food and medicine in vertically stacked layers, vertically inclined surfaces and/or integrated in other structures (such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container).

These facilities utilize artificial control of light, environmental control (humidity, temperature, gases…) and fertigation.

Aeroponics

Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium.

The word “aeroponic” is derived from the Greek meanings of aer (ἀήρ, “air”) and ponos (πόνος, “labour”).

Unlike hydroponics, which uses a liquid nutrient solution as a growing medium and essential minerals to sustain plant growth; or aquaponics which uses water and fish waste, aeroponics is conducted without a growing medium.

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