GelPonics led by AEH Innovative Hydrogel will receive over £1 million from Innovate UK to develop a sustainable growing material for indoor farming.
Partners are Labman Automation, Crop Health and Protection Limited (CHAP), Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre, and Grobotic Systems.
It is 1 of 9 projects benefitting from a £24 million package from the UK Government, which is applying big data, artificial intelligence and robotics to UK farming, aiming to establish a more efficient food production system that cuts costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Science Minister Amanda Solloway said:
“From robotics assisting our farmers in fruit picking to technology that converts CO2 to clean animal feed, the incredible projects we are backing today represent the future of farming. Working with the best of British science, we are turning our most creative ideas into pioneering projects that will accelerate our transition to net-zero food production, boost jobs and drive forward the UK’s economic recovery.”