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Plantscraper From Plantagon

Swedish innovator Plantagon International, pioneer in innovative vertical urban agricultural solutions, is setting up the Tongji-Plantagon Research Center with Tongji University, Shanghai.


(54-metre-high 'plantscraper' being built in Linkoping, Sweden)

Under the auspices of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the Consul General of Sweden in Shanghai Ms. Viktoria Li officially opened the lab during a formal ceremony at Tongji University on April 3rd, 2013.

Vice President Mr. Li of Tongji University and Mr. Pettersson, COO of Plantagon International together with eminent officials from COFCO, Roosevelt China Investment Corp., SWECO, CENTEC, IKEA and the cities of Baoshan and Wuxi were present to show their support.

"We are delighted to extend our collaboration with Tongji University and the Tongji-Plantagon Research Center shall pave way for the long-term intent we have for this market. We look forward to many constructive results to be developed from this successful collaboration,” says Hans Hassle, CEO of Plantagon.

The achievement made by Plantagon and Tongji University supports and acts on the articulated objectives of the 12th five-year plan. E.g. China is dedicated to increase their investment in R&D of CleanTech to over 2 %. Food security and -safety, as well as the problem with contaminated land, are other crucial issues for China to manage in the future.

Those lucky fans who read Pohl and Kornbluth's 1952 classic The Space Merchants might be thinking of the "Chlorella plantations" used to grow greenery for food.

…the Chlorella plantation, a towering eighty-story structure like the office "In-and-Out" baskets stacked up to the sky. There were mirrored louvers at each tier. Surrounding the big building were acres of eye-stabbing glare. I realized that this was more mirrored louvers to catch the sun, bounce it off more mirrors inside the tiers, and onto the photosynthesis tanks. It was a spectacular, though not uncommon, sight from the air.

From Plantagon via My News Desk. I'd also like to thank the reader who wrote in to remind me about this book.

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