Robot Run Farm
The Japanese company Spread has created the ability for a farm to produce 30,000 heads of lettuce on a DAILY basis. What’s their secret? Robots! The Spread company is the first company to create a fully operational farm that is run completely by robots and the result is incredible. Now, the farm is not run by humanoid looking robots. The farm is actually run by robots that look like a conveyor belt with arms. These robots can plant seeds, water plants, and trim lettuce heads after harvest in the Kyoto, Japan farm.
The use of a plant factory, which is what these farms are referred to as, provide an ideal environment for crops. This not only allows the crops to be grown year round, the crops are not subject to environmental factors which could wipe out an entire crop. The use of these plant factories also reduces the amount of waste that is typically produced with traditional farming. Spread’s new automation technology will not only produce more lettuce, it will also reduce labor costs by 50%, cut energy use by 30%, and recycle 98% of water needed to grow the crops.
The farm is set to open sometime in 2017, but no reports have been produced on whether the farm is fully operational yet.