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IGS develops more efficient irrigation system with Heriot-Watt University

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We are proud to be working with Heriot-Watt University on the development of groundbreaking technology that will enable a more efficient irrigation system for our Growth Towers. The new irrigation system further reduces water usage allowing vertical farmers to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and limit the impact on natural resources.

The new design is inspired by the results of an undergraduate project provided to two teams of students at Heriot-Watt University. Both teams worked on separate design concepts to simplify the irrigation system. IGS assisted with prototype builds and deployment in the farm at Invergowrie for testing.

The new design simplifies the irrigation significantly as the new water heads have no moving parts, which also has the benefits of increased reliability; lower energy usage for pumping water through the nozzle; and reduced dripping eliminating algae growth in undesirable areas.

This development is testament to our philosophy of continuous improvement evolving the system design to improve functionality and reliability whilst reducing costs over time. It also highlights our close relationships with universities in Scotland to enhance links, identify new talent and offer opportunities to tackle real life engineering problems.

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