ClearVue Technologies Ltd forms strategic alliance with AI Farming Consortium for smart greenhouses
“We are very pleased to be working with both teams to explore the opportunity for smart greenhouses – intelligent data-driven greenhouses that utilise ClearVue’s PV glazing with the added smarts of the Foresense and Produsense technologies,” says ClearVue executive chair.
Photovoltaics involves the integration of solar technology into building surfaces, specifically glass and building façades, to provide renewable energy.
The smart greenhouse will combine the knowledge, skills, IP and marketing of the three companies into one product offering for the protected cropping agriculture market in Australia and globally.
“Wealth of knowledge and deep networks”
ClearVue executive chair Victor Rosenberg said: “Produsense’s CEO Adam Leslie is an experienced leader in ‘data-powered farming’ having over 31 years of experience in all aspects of farming, food supply and produce distribution, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and deep networks of the produce growing supply chain to this collaboration.
“The Foresense team brings extensive experience in machine learning, AI, sensors, and Internet of Things (IoT) to the collaboration.
“We are very pleased to be working with both teams to explore the opportunity for smart greenhouses – intelligent data-driven greenhouses that utilise ClearVue’s PV glazing with the added smarts of the Foresense and Produsense technologies.
“The aim is to provide an optimum growing environment with highly controlled temperature ranges and power generation for greenhouse operations delivered with the ClearVue PV glazing which, when combined with the Foresense and Produsense solutions, seeks to further refine the environmental control and management of greenhouses to optimise growth, yields, harvesting times, energy use and water use.”
The collaboration agreement sets out the terms for collaboration in the area of intelligent solar PV greenhouses including, but not limited to:
- During the first 12 months of the agreement, collaborate jointly on at least one commercial greenhouse project where the technology, skills and IP of each party will be collectively brought to bear in such a project; and
- Subject to the success of this trial project, the parties will engage in discussions for the purposes of establishing a joint venture or other arrangement where the parties’ products and technologies are combined into one final packaged end-product smart greenhouse, that the parties will then promote together.
“World’s smartest sustainable greenhouse”
Produsense CEO Adam Leslie said: “By working with ClearVue, the Produsense and Foresense teams seek to demonstrate the world’s smartest sustainable greenhouse for commercial production of greenhouse-grown agricultural produce via collaboration across the three companies.
“Global food production is already heading towards a connectivity-fuelled transformation – with improved data, increased crop yields are an expected given and that is where the Produsense and Foresense technologies come into play: data driven growing with a goal of 95% accuracy with smart technologies and clever data science.
“ClearVue’s solar PV glazing offering when combined with these benefits makes perfect sense – the ClearVue product reduces the energy use within the greenhouse, reduces water needs for the plants and creates an environment with little-to-no need for pesticides.
“The power generated by the glass is deployed to operate our smart control systems and operational control mechanisms of the greenhouse.
“We believe the technologies are all complementary and our respective businesses are aligned to take on this rapidly growing opportunity – we are looking forward to seeing where this collaboration can take us.”
Produsense is partially owned by Foresense and provides agri-tech solutions for data-powered farming to reduce food waste and increase shelf life, crop yields and food safety at all stages in the production, cold storage, transport and delivery of produce.
The Produsense team has extensive experience and global networks in agriculture and protected cropping including wide acre farming, produce logistics and distribution, and produce retailing.
Foresense is a software and hardware developer specialising in real-time presence analytics utilising proprietary hardware, machine learning and artificial intelligence to collect and analyse behavioural trends and act on this data in real-time.
The collaboration agreement follows ClearVue signing a Technology Development Agreement with Foresense Technologies Limited for the further development of its smart façade controller hardware and software.
ClearVue Technologies is an Australian technology company that operates in the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BPIV) sector which involves the integration of solar technology into building surfaces, specifically glass and building façades, to provide renewable energy.
ClearVue has developed advanced glass technology that aims to preserve glass transparency to maintain building aesthetics whilst generating electricity.
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