Europe’s largest vertical farm completes first phase
YesHealth Group and Nordic Harvest have completed the first phase of Europe’s largest vertical farm, a 14-storey, 7,000sqm facility in Copenhagen Markets, on the outskirts of Denmark’s capital.
In a statement, the companies explain that the facility will be Europe’s largest and most efficient indoor vertical farm, featuring YesHealth Group proprietary technologies, robotics, hydroponics, and arrays of more than 20,000 LEDs.
The project will have smart software installed for the processing of more than 5,000 individual data points, all of which will be integrated with Nordic Harvest’s design of process flow and packaging.
Working in partnership, YesHealth Group and Nordic Harvest began constructing the vertical farm in April. Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021.
Profits are projected within the first year, making this vertical farm a model of feasibility for the industry at large, the statement adds. Financial projections are based on a scale-up model, which will see the vertical farm expand from an initial 200-tonne annual capacity to a massive 1,000-tonne annual capacity during Q4 2021.
“Adding to our technology that we’ve developed in-house over the past decade, YesHealth Group will now be able to harness real-world data from Denmark with its unique climate and environment and improve our technology at an even greater speed and efficiency,” says Tsai Wen-Chin, chairman of YesHealth Group.
Jesper Hansen, COO of YesHealthGroup adds that the project is a crucial step forwards for the group’s expansion into Europe, and that the move is in line with the company’s global expansion plan.
“We have carefully mapped out (the global expansion plan) for the coming years. YesHealth Group has industry leading technology and operational know-how, and we’re selecting more regional partners with local market expertise like Nordic Harvest,” Hansen explains.
“Our team has worked tirelessly over the past eight months to bring this Copenhagen vertical farm into reality,” adds Stella Tsai, project manager at YesHealth Group. “It’s a valuable experience that we’ll take forward into future projects.”
Kevin Lin, director of Business Development at YesHealth Group, said completion of phase one of this vertical farm represents a first step towards constructing more vertical farms across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and North African region.
Sonnedix starts construction of 50MW solar plant in Spain
Sonnedix has started building a 50MW solar PV plant in Badajoz, Spain.
Sonnedix Los Frailes will be built on a 111-hectares, becoming the largest project built by the IPP in the country, where it has operated since 2010. With over 110,000 monocrystaline solar panels, the project will connect through a transmission line to the Vaguadas substation.
During construction, Sonnedix will create approximately 250 new jobs in Badajoz, in line with its ESG standards and commitment to improving the life of the local community.
Once operational, Sonnedix Los Frailes, which is being developed in collaboration with Viridi RE group, will produce approximately 102,000 MWh per year, capable of powering more than 36,500 homes with clean electricity and avoiding over 24,000 tons of CO2.
Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, said: “We are excited to start the construction of our largest project to date in Spain, a milestone that highlights both our strong commitment to the Spanish market, and our potential to expand our platform worldwide. We are very proud of our hard-working and committed team in Spain, which has doubled in the last year, and we look forward to continue developing and acquiring solar PV projects in the country, playing an important role in the energy transition, as well as the post-pandemic economic recovery.”
Last June 2020, Sonnedix signed a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Europe´s largest producer of renewable energy and leading PPA provider Statkraft for the supply of 100 GWh of energy per year, making it the IPP’s first PPA for a grid-parity project in Spain.
Sonnedix is one of the leading solar IPPs in Spain, with over 1GW of capacity, including 365MW operational, 50MW under construction, and a development pipeline of over 600MW. Currently it has almost 2GW under operation or construction across eight countries, plus more than 2GW in the pipeline.
According to SolarPower Europe, Spain is expected to have a total installed solar PV capacity of 29GW by 2024 in the medium scenario, making it the second largest solar market in Europe. Renewables produced 50.7% of Spain’s electricity in May, generating 10% more gigawatt-hours year-on-year.
The Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) targets 74% of renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GW of PV capacity by 2030.