Grodan

We supply innovative and sustainable stone wool growing media solutions for the professional horticultural sector, based on Precision Growing principles. These solutions are, amongst others, applied for the cultivation of vegetables, plants and flowers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, egg plants, roses and gerberas. Sustainability plays a prominent role within Grodan, from the manufacture of stone wool substrates to end-of-life solutions. Grodan is founded in 1969 and active in more than seventy countries worldwide. The head office is located in Roermond, the Netherlands.

 

Contribution to PLANtAR

Grodan contribution to PLANtAR includes: contributing to the definition of specific use cases, primarily use cases aimed at precision horticulture; providing input into the requirements and specifications of the sensors to be developed, as well as testing and piloting the developed sensors both at lab scale and in practice in greenhouse trial stations as well as commercial greenhouse operations.

  • Miniaturized monitoring sensor systems for plants and agriculture

    Miniaturized monitoring sensor systems for plants and agriculture

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  • Affordable, highly integrated, biodegradable solutions

    The PLANtAR project focuses on the development of affordable, highly integrated, miniaturized sensors and tightly meshed sensor networks (including nano-sensors and paper-based microfluidic devices), and applied intelligence in three areas: precision agriculture (field/urban) , Greenhouse/indoor breeding and farm monitoring. In addition, it aims to reduce the environmental impact and decrease cost of these technologies by ensuring that the sensors are biodegradable and can be ploughed into the soil after their use.
  • Expertise across the value chain

    The PLANtAR consortium brings together partners from across the entire value chain. These include highly experienced technology and component providers as well as leading suppliers in agricultural applications and infrastructure with direct contact with end-users. The extensive mix of industrial partners features a high number of small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups with know-how in sensors and other relevant technologies. Several research institutes with expertise and excellent market access are also involved. With this breadth of knowledge and resources in agriculture and semiconductor and sensor technologies, the consortium will strengthen knowledge transfer and cut development time and costs leading to a faster time-to-market.
  • Growing market opportunities

    By minimizing risks and speeding development of new sensor technologies and communication networks, PLANtAR’s collaborative approach will deliver competitive offerings to the environmental sensor market – at both component and solution level. It will allow European companies to maintain or achieve market leadership positions and enable end-users to install low-cost sensor networks or expand existing ones.

Project Vision

PLANtAR aims to develop cost-efficient, miniaturized, networked and partly biodegradable monitoring electronics to help tackle one of the world’s biggest challenges: producing enough food over 9 billion people while also protecting the environment. In order to solve the dilemma between high-yield intensive agriculture and environmental protection, cross-sector approaches are required, with digitization playing a key role.

Project Goals

New kinds of electronic sensors, actuators, networks and other digital technologies can increase efficiency and improve environmental sustainability in many agricultural applications. Whether in fields, in greenhouses or in the new domains of indoor and urban farming (which now accounts for 20% of global food production), digital technologies have the potential to enable holistic monitoring of production and growing conditions. Sensors can provide timely warnings of plant stress and / or diseases. By measuring factors such as soil moisture, EC and content of nitrogen, ammonia, surface temperature, solar radiation, CO2 and detecting pests and plant pathogens, digital technologies can help significantly increase yields per cultivated area. And at the same time, they can assist in reducing water, energy, fertilizer and pesticide use.

Project Outcome

NEWS

PLANtAR second half year Meeting

PLANtAR second half year Meeting

On the 15th of June, the PLANtAR Project organized its second half year meeting which has been

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PLANtAR 1st Review

PLANtAR 1st Review

On the 30th of November, the PLANtAR Project had its 1st Review Meeting with the PENTA

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PLANtAR at EFECS2020

PLANtAR at EFECS2020

The European Forum For Electronic Components and Systems (EFECS) had taken part in an online

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Registration for the EFECS 2021, 23-25 November, is now online!

Registration for the EFECS 2021, 23-25 November, is now online!

Don't miss to register yourself now for the EFECS 2021. Join us online to discover, network,

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Kick Off!

Kick Off!

We are happy to announce that despite the ongoing global pandemic, the PLANtAR project has

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PLANtAR Project is now live

PLANtAR Project is now live

The PLANtAR project has started on the 01 st of November 2020. The start will be celebrated

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FUNDING

WE ARE PROUD TO BE WORKING TOGETHER WITH OUR PARTNERS AND FUNDERS.

 

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Education, research and innovation are the central fields of action for Germany's future. The federal government

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Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency supports entrepreneurs, NGOs, knowledge institutes and organisations. We aim to

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Partners

KEY APPLICATION AREAS

  • Digital Industry
  • Systems and Components: Architecture, Design & Integration
  • Process Technology, Equipment, Materials and Manufacturing for ECS

COUNTRIES INVOLVED

  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Spain

Fraunhofer ENAS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS is the specialist and development partner in the field of

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Freudenberg

The Freudenberg Industrie Siebdruck GmbH is a modern, medium-sized screen-printing company located in

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Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG (IFAG), Neubiberg, Germany, is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener.

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KSI Meinsberg

The Kurt Schwabe Institut für Mess- und Sensortechnik Meinsberg e.V. (KSI Meinsberg) has more than 75 years of experience in

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Alteria

Alteria Automation SL is a high-tech engineering company based in Madrid since 2017. Its activity is focused on the development,

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Grodan

We supply innovative and sustainable stone wool growing media solutions for the professional horticultural sector, based on Precision Growing

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Alianza Nanotecnologia Diagnostica

Alianza Nanotecnológica Diagnóstica ASJ S.L. (ANT) is a company created in 2020, which was born with the aim of meeting

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Evalan

Evalan is a fast-growing and innovative development and engineering partner in the field of the Internet of Things. We cover the complete IoT

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Wageningen

Wageningen Research (WR) is a collection of specialized agricultural focused research institutes in the Netherlands. It collaborates

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IMEC

Stichting IMEC Nederland (IMEC-NL) is located at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and is part of Holst Centre, an independent

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Munisense

Munisense provides online and real-time insight into noise, water quality and groundwater levels. This allows managers and policymakers to

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Alphasip

AlphaSIP Santa Clara intends to take advantage of its acquired experience and technology in the clinical field in order to develop new

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Hansenhof

Since over 20 years Hansenhof_electronic is engaged with mobile sensor systems and applications in agriculture, since more than 10 years

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