Unmanned Vertical Farming System now available globally

One of the world’s largest indoor farming technology providers, SANANBIO announced the availability of its unmanned vertical farming system,- UPLIFT, to growers globally this month. (July 2020) in Xiamen, China.


SANANBIO is a joint-venture by Sanan Optoelectronics, who are leading LED manufacturers, and the Institute of Botany of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China’s leading institute in plant science. SANANBIO is able to provide simple indoor farming solutions for global growers. The RADIX, a patented vertical hydroponic system, has been widely endorsed by growers in more than twenty countries.


UPLIFT has been undergoing tests in the last two years and  proven to be commercially feasible and, ready to be established as turnkey projects for worldwide growers. Robotics are powered with AI ( artifical intelligence) which is used to select and transplant the seedlings. Seeds only need to be poured in the seeder and then nothing else is required and growers can expect fresh veggies in a matter of days.


AI Power for Selecting and Transplanting


Zhan Zhuo, co-founder and CEO of SANANBIO, advised, UPLIFT  “can produce 6-8 tons of fresh leafy greens every day in a farm of only 5,000 sqm. By going up, we can best utilize the space to increase the yields. With the same farm size, UPLIFT’s productivity is 6 times of a 6-layered indoor farm. The increased yield means a lowered cost, which in turn makes our produce affordable to more people. We’ve also upgraded our water circulation system so that 60% of the water can be absorbed by plants and the remaining 40% recycled. This fact is especially meaningful for the regions of the world that struggle with water shortages and harsh agricultural conditions.”


UPLIFT Grow Area


UPLIFT uses PlantKeeper, a proprietary indoor farming management system, control and monitor environmental factors so farm operators can be updated with real-time growing conditions throughout the farm. By using simple and proven robotics and conveyor systems, UPLIFT automates seeding, transplanting, harvesting, plant transporting and system cleaning, reducing labor intensity to its lowest.


“We’re phasing out manpower to make our produce available for more people. So we can say that UPLIFT is unmanned for humanity,” added Zhan.