Sweden's first vertical greenhouse will feed 5,500 people per year
Sweden is once again showing that it is one of the countries that is most committed to the environment. Plantagon, a sustainable architecture company, and Sweco, devoted to construction, have already started building the World Food Building; that is, the first vertical greenhouse in the country.
At 59 metres in height, the pyramid-shaped building will house offices, but one of its sides will have extendable pots to serve as a greenhouse.
"Plantagon's goal is to become the world's best developer of smart food systems for the city," explains a representative of the firm, which already has active projects in Europe, Asia and North America.
The new greenhouse, which is being built in the city of Linkoping, two hours from Stockholm, will be able to produce almost 500,000 kilos of crops per year. To get an idea of how much this is, you could feed 5,500 people per year with that volume.
A biogas plant and an incinerator: its allies
The building's location has not been chosen at random. It will be located between a biogas plant and an incineration plant, two allies on its way to becoming a benchmark for sustainability.
The biogas plant recycles waste from homes and buildings in the area, producing CO2 and nutrients that will be used by the greenhouse. In the same way, organic waste from the World Food Building will be sent to the biogas plant.
Meanwhile, the incinerator, which also produces electricity from waste, will supply power to the greenhouse.
Also, if there is excess heat in the building, it can be stored in containers located under the greenhouse and used to heat the offices in the other side.
Publication date: 11/23/2017
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