Source: ROOTS Sustainable Agricultural Technologies
Roots has developed proprietary know-how and patents to optimize performance, lower installation costs, and reduce energy consumption to a minimum — all in order to bring maximum benefit to farmers.
Roots was established in 2012 and graduated in 2016 from the prestigious technology incubator program administered by the Israel Chief Scientist Office.
Significantly increases yield, improves quality, saves energy and mitigates extreme heat and cold stress. This technology includes:
- Root zone heating and cooling based on ground source heat exchange (GSHE), operated solely by circulation pumps
- Root zone heating and cooling based on hybrid systems — GSHE with a circulation pump + heat pumps
- Root zone heating and cooling based solely on heat pumps
- Cooling and heating water and growing solutions in hydroponic facilities
- A combination of root zone heating and cooling systems with irrigation by condensation
- A combination of root zone heating and cooling systems with managing irrigation and fertilisation
- Multi-purpose, “all in one” pipes for heat/chill diffusion and fertigation (fertilisation+irrigation) in the root zone
Provides water for irrigation from moisture in the air and soil
Two USA patents have been granted in 16 countries. An additional and significant patent is in the PCT stage and pending in multiple territories.
Although IBC itself is not a new concept (IBC has been proved with the use of cold sea water in pipes in Hawaii), Roots’ closed cycle system is the only one that can facilitate food production and positively impact the entire food chain, completely off water and electricity grids.
The Company is further investigating the technical, economic, and agronomical feasibility of IBC. No technology barriers are anticipated and the Company has developed extensive proprietary knowledge on how to integrate, operate and scale up IBC systems. Commercialization is expected to begin within the next 12 months.