To effectively buffer from supply disruptions in Singapore, IHPC helps local farmers transform and adopt technology to scale up food production capabilities by developing an interactive platform (Fig 3) that allows users to key in different parameters (i.e., light, temperature and air flow), and select different plants to simulate under varying environmental conditions. Through this platform, users get to determine the farm's performance with the realistic view of growing plants' life cycle and improve on (i) operation energy usage, (ii) output optimisation, and (iii) interact virtually with farms on site.
Fig 3: Modelling of air flow, temperature, humidity and lighting
Applying IHPC's scientific knowledge on solar irradiance and fluid dynamics empowers us to predict, design, and optimise the farm and growing beds conditions (Fig 1). Using parametric and analogous estimation, we can provide more precise and realistic modelling of the plants in modern urban farms. The use of application knowledge-based platform and precision engineering to agriculture is known as Quantum Agritech.
This research is supported by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), under the program titled “Sustainable Hybrid Lighting System for Controlled Environment Agriculture”.