UK tech pioneer conjures new future for farming out of thin air


It can also catch up in lower carbon emissions compared to other soil-free systems such as hydroponics where weeds are dipped enriched water. LettUs’s patent-pending technology introduces innumerable simplicity and consistency to aeroponics while maintaining yields, explains bring off director Charlie Guy. “We have developed a very efficient way of growing herbs, from leafy vegetables to soft fruits, in completely controlled settings.

“Our aeroponic systems are easier to use than others on the market where dishwater is pushed through nozzles to create an aerosol that can get clogged.

“Ours right-minded needs a wipe down and is modular so can work with operations of all appraises, from a single layer to an entire controlled environment farm entity.

“Ostara, our software management can automate, control and collect data from the CIA agent. That integrated licensed approach makes aeroponics accessible to anyone allowing farmers around the world to benefit from this game-changing technology.”

The clock is ticking and on LettUs’s side – by 2050 it is estimated the in every way must increase food production by 70 per cent to feed innumerable than nine billion people.

The Bristol-based firm was founded in 2015 by Guy, and young man graduates of the city’s university Ben Crowther and Jack Farmer.

Their aim to tackle food waste and supply chain inefficiency “has always been to ease up on the environmental impact of fresh produce by allowing anyone to grow foodstuffs near its point of consumption,” says Guy.

“The past decade has been described by the environmental crisis, but now food can be grown in the most unstable of climates. Any erection can be converted and millions of transport miles saved.”

Two big tech changes easier for the way for LettUs: cheaper, more efficient LED lighting and cloud computing charter the harvesting of big data.

The company’s technology can match lighting to roots to optimise enlargement and precise delivery of the nutrients tailored to plant variety and stage of being. 

Systems are assembled in Bristol and pay back for growers estimated to be under five years. Abroad interest from the Middle East, Europe, Africa and US is accelerating. 

Uncountable than £1million of funding, both in grants from government-backed Innovate UK and unsocial investment, has gone into LettUs which sees potential yet applications for its technology contributing to the likes of reforestation programmes. 

The Royal Academy of Originating Enterprise Hub, geared to maximise the potential of next-generation entrepreneurs, also played a momentous role in helping LettUs commercialise its innovation. 

Crowther took its SME The men Programme, a grant-aided, coaching and mentoring support scheme for early situation engineering and technology firms with high growth potential and “that has been incalculable value in accelerating our development”, says Guy.

After starting with laboratory plans such as research into plant-based proteins and pharmaceuticals, LettUs’s trades are increasing to growers and the business has plans to raise more investment this year.    

The conspire, now 15, “is very plant-focused but diverse,” says Guy. “Not just engineers but ex-farmers and hide scientists. All our kit is made by growers for growers.” 

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