Advanced Greenhouse Design

Foremost Hub for Greenhouse Design and Research

In 1970 37% of world population lived in urban areas, by 2010 56% had moved to the cities and by 2050 over 80% of the worlds population – some 7.2 Billion people – are predicted to be living in cities. With all the concerns for food security and water use, the most significant shift in food production quoted by many experts is in greenhouse production. Built well, they use far less water, can be far more energy efficient and can enable intensive production in proximity in demand.

The core team of Evolve has spent the last 5 years researching extensively both from an academic and practical growing perspective.

Having now built up a very diverse collaborative team from both horticulture and architecture, Evolve has developed the right technical and practical skill sets to bring really effective solutions to its clients, that ultimately maximise their returns on investment, as the first principle of developing sustainable solutions. After 5 years of intensive research around the world and involvement in a number of detailed practical trials, Evolve has identified 3 key technologies shown below which, whether separately or combined, have the potential to make significant shifts towards sustainable food production globally.

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Our Technologies:

F-Clean (ETFE): Miracle product

Compared to glass, ETFE (F-Clean) film is 1% of the weight of glass, transmits more light than glass and costs 24% to 70% less to . The most advanced glazing material known to man. Made from the same materials used to coat nonstick frying pans, it’s very strong, very durable and transmits more light in the most advantageous spectrum than any other material. It is inert to UV light, can be built in multilayer to create much more energy efficient greenhouses, and is even classed as self-cleaning.

3,500 hecters (ha) in Japan, some of it 30 years old, and no sign of ageing it is not a new material just new to the West. We work with the material manufacturers to maximise the materials development into the only glazing material for greenhouses in the 21st century.

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Sulphur Plasma Lighting

Sulphur Plasma Lighting is an artificial solar spectrum that substantially alters plant development, compared with usual climate room irradiance spectrums. Initially developed by NASA, plasma lights offer the potential to create sunlight artificially. It is a fact that we still have much to learn, and every year new research reveals an ever more complete picture of the importance of all of the frequencies of light that plants are used to from the sun. Initial results from both horticulture and indoor chicken (both for egg and meat production) show significant improvements in plant/animal development, health and yields. Evolve is actively assisting in the development of this technology into a lighting revolution for both food production and the built environment.

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Biochar

“The only solution to climate change.” – James Lovelock 2010.

Biochar is simple – its charcoal. For millions of years charcoal has made up a very important part of soils from forest fires etc. We use charcoal for every type of filters – its chemically ‘magnetic’ to nutrients that plants have evolved to take up.

Phillip has been involved in Biochar research for nearly 10 years, and is the core passion of his work. Back then no one was interested, and only 23 researchers across the globe were active in its research. Now, its one of the biggest subjects in agriculture world wide. Evolve is focused on the research and development of it as a substrate for greenhouse production. This 2,000 year-old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security, and discourage deforestation.

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