Néboda Farms Adopts Skytree Direct Air Capture Unit
November 15, 2023
Amsterdam – 15 November 2023 – Skytree, a pioneering climate tech company dedicated to advancing innovative CO2 capture and reutilization solutions, today announced that vertical indoor farming company, Néboda Farms, has joined the company’s Pioneer Program and will deploy the Skytree Cumulus Direct Air Capture (DAC) unit early next year. Once installed, Néboda Farms will have the ability to generate up to 12 kg per day of clean and affordable CO2 directly on its farm to improve sustainable production of food.
Néboda Farms expects to reduce CO2 costs by 79% using Skytree DAC technology*.
“As pioneers in the vertical farming sector, we are very happy to serve as early adopters of DAC technology and collaborate with Skytree as they bring the first onsite CO2 generating units to market,” said Iván García Besada, Néboda Farms CEO. “Joining the Pioneer Program is a win-win for Néboda and Skytree. DAC technology has the potential to further elevate the sustainability benefits of vertical farming. We intend to encourage adoption of the technology by other companies. By implementing this game changer technology, Néboda will achieve a reduction in CO2 costs of up to 79%. We will play a key role in the decarbonization of the value chain and, more broadly, in the reduction of the CO2 levels in the atmosphere”
Based in Spain, Néboda Farms’ mission is to revolutionize agriculture and produce fresher, tastier, nutritious, and pesticide-free food more sustainably. In a demanding fresh produce market, the vertical farming company succeeds in introducing products of distinctive quality and marketing them to the finest restaurants, with a special emphasis on basil, the company's flagship product. In the future, the company plans to venture into the retail sector with basil and salad mixes, while continuing to expand production capacity.
Néboda Farms deploys and leverages a wide range of proprietary technologies, automation and control processes, robotics, and big data to support its production processes in order to offer competitive prices, which is one of the pain points in the vertical farming sector. In joining Skytree’s Pioneer Program, the company will be among the first to benefit from DAC technology, transitioning away from the traditional fossil fuel based CO2 supply chain.
Skytree’s proprietary DAC technology captures CO2 from ambient air, filters it using a patented process, and stores it in pressurized buffer tanks from where it can be accessed and reused by any business in regular need of concentrated CO2. Skytree Cumulus, the first commercially available modular unit, will deliver a reliable and uninterrupted supply to CEA businesses, helping to alleviate procurement and transport challenges. In September, the company announced the commercial availability of the Skytree Cumulus units and the launch of the Pioneer Program, which offers priority delivery of Cumulus units, when they ship early in 2024, at a temporarily reduced price.
“Vertical farms need CO2 to operate effectively and profitably,” said Camille Hanna, Skytree Business Development Director. “Néboda Farms is among the first of many controlled environment agriculture businesses that will benefit from the ability to generate its own CO2 onsite. And they will do so in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way, bypassing the harmful processes used by fossil fuel companies. We are very excited to welcome Néboda Farms to the Skytree Pioneer Program and look forward to helping the company meet its CO2 needs using our proprietary DAC technology.”
For more information about Skytree Cumulus or to join the Pioneer Program, please click here.
*The reduction in CO2 costs by 79% has been calculated as such:
With its previous supplier, Neboda Farms paid €2,88 per KG CO2.
With a current estimated minimum lifetime of 10 years per Skytree unit, the current cost is €2.730 per year (€27.300 over 10 years). Production of up to 12kg of CO2 per day will result in 4380kg per year based on daily utilization, giving a cost of €0,62 per KG CO2.
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