“Ansys CFD is helping us address food insecurity through indoor farming. It has allowed us to scale our current environmental control and airflow distribution models to our new, higher-density facility without having to build a prototype. Ansys CFD easily integrates with our mechanical software, helping us make our vertical grow farms efficient and productive.'
-Justin Zabilansky, Senior Biological Systems Manager/Aerofarms
AeroFarms, the world leader in indoor vertical farming, builds and operates environmentally responsible farms throughout the world, enabling year-round, local production of leafy greens at a commercial scale. Their facilities use up to 95% less water than field-farmed food while producing annual yields 390 times higher per square foot. To produce healthy plants from seed to harvest in less than two weeks, AeroFarms uses aeroponic technology, which feeds the plants using a targeted mist containing nutrients, water and oxygen. LEDs enable precision photosynthesis in the most energy-efficient way.
AeroFarms grows millions of lbs. of leafy greens a year at its largest facility, a 70,000 sq. ft. indoor farm where 48 ft. tall towers provide 27.3 million sq. ft. of vertical growing space. The company is building a new facility twice as large and needed to verify how airflow and other environmental conditions that drive plant biology processes could be scaled to higher towers with a greater density of plants and lighting.
AeroFarms engineers began by using Ansys CFD to simulate the current air distribution and irrigation systems in their 70,000 sq. ft. facility.