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)
"...Finally, last year (in 2020) we figured out how to produce it on a commercial scale. The commercialization part was challenging. After we perfected the YesBase formula, it took us another year to perfect the #automation..." (4/8)
"...Temperature and humidity have to be controlled because it affects the state of the #hydrogel, and you also have to think about costing. If you compare the material cost, YesBase is less than one-fifth the price of sponge..." (5/8)
"...However, it requires automation, so you have to consider the initial investment. In the long term, using YesBase and #Gelponics is more cost effective and more sustainable than using sponge and #hydroponics..." (6/8)
Stay tuned over the following days to read more about our founder and CEO, Winston Tsai's perspective on #Gelponics and YesBase. In the meantime, if you have any questions about YesBase or Gelponics then leave a comment below and we'll try to provide an answer. (7/8)
You can also help us #decarbonize #verticalfarming by sharing this thread with your friends and followers. (8/8) #Gelponics #Sustainability

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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)
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