THREAD: #Hydroponics has a BIG waste problem, but YesHealth Group has a solution and we call it #Gelponics. (1/10) YesBase & Gelponics diagram
A large-scale #hydroponic vertical farm, yielding 1000kg of leafy vegetables per day, contains approximately 45,000 plants growing at one time... (2/10)
...If each plant occupies a 2.5cm³ substrate (made from sponge or similar) and if you were to line-up these pieces of substrate side-by-side, then there would be enough material to cover two basketball courts AND all of it becomes waste after the plants are harvested... (3/10)
...The scale of the problem becomes clear when you multiply this waste, harvest-upon-harvest. (4/10)
#Gelponic vertical farms eliminate all of this waste by replacing the substrate material with hydrogel. It effectively enables us to #decarbonize #verticalfarming... (5/10)
...What's more, nutrients can be added to the hydrogel, promoting healthy germination, and is absorbed into the seedling naturally as it grows, leaving the plant ready to harvest with its roots on. (6/10)
YesBase & Gelponics
Our R&D team has been developing #Gelponics at YesHealth Group headquarters in Taiwan since 2018. We call our hydrogel YesBase - it's plant-based, edible, and costs just one-fifth the price of sponge... (7/10)
...We've been using it commercially in Taiwan and at @NordicHarvest in Denmark since 2020. Not only is it allowing us to grow healthier produce in a more sustainable way, but it's also helping us reduce costs and generate profit. (8/10)
If you have any questions about YesBase or #Gelponics then leave a comment below and we'll try to provide an answer. You can also help us decarbonize vertical farming by sharing this post with your friends and followers... (9/10)
...Our founder and CEO, Winston Tsai will share his perspective in a series of posts over the following days.

Stay tuned! (10/10)

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29 Aug
THREAD: What's the story behind YesBase and Gelponics?
Winston Tsai, founder & CEO of YesHealth Group: "We got the idea for YesBase and #Gelponics back in 2018. At that time, we were using sponge as a substrate material in our #hydroponics system... (1/8) #Sustainability Winston Tsai, Founder & CEO of YesHealth Group
"...Originally, I thought sponge was better than soil, but as our yields increased, so did the amount of waste, and I began to worry about the environmental impact..." (2/8)
"...First, we formed an in-house R&D team to research alternative substrate materials, which led to the development of YesBase, a unique, plant-based #hydrogel. We added microbial bacteria to help with germination and healthy seedling growth..." (3/8)
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