"We produce greenhouses complete with foundations and systems. Despite everything, 2020 was a positive year and we have worked a lot, especially on the most innovative fronts," reports Andrea Mariani, engineer at Idroterm Serre.
"Indoor farming, vertical farming, soilless cultivation, agriculture 4.0 - protected cultivation can be applied to various solutions. A true green revolution awaits us, and will lead us to improved yields with fewer inputs."
The company has worked abroad, although it core business is currently Italy.
Idrojet smart 4.0 irrigation bars with WI-FI control
According to Mariani, new companies have been investing more on innovation. "It is easier for those working in agriculture for the first time to want to invest on innovation. Older ones, maybe with a younger son and an older, more traditional, father do not always have the right spirit."
Venlo glass greenhouse
Lately, there are also investment funds put in place for large projects. "Over the past few months, we worked a lot with vertical farms, although everything is moving towards the remote monitoring and management of data."
Polyair plastic greenhouse
Idroterm was established in 1973 as a civil hydrothermal energy company. In the early 1980s, it decided to focus entirely on systems at the service of protected crops - heating, irrigation, shading and energy saving. In the late 1980s, it entered the iron and glass greenhouse market designing manufacturing the Airlux and Ventilbloc models.
Aeroponics, free root cultivation system
Around the same time, it developed different types of pallets for the production of vase crops. In the 2000s, it invested to produce the Dutch-style Venlo and Cabrio greenhouses.
It then created specific kits for the installation of photovoltaic systems integrated with Venlo greenhouses. Due to the increasing attention towards renewable resources, it installed the first wood biomass power plants for protected crops.
Polyair plastic films were introduced in 2015 and, since 2018, Idroterm has been collaborating for the creation of an innovative closed-cycle system for free-root cultivation.