Kalera, formerly known as Eco Convergence Group, Inc., Orlando, Fla., unveiled the HyCube modular hydroponic vegetable production system.
The HyCube’s data-driven, patent-pending hydroponic system is constructed in an illuminated modern structure right next to the Orlando World Center Marriott’s main kitchen. This HyCube growing system will grow produce such as lettuce, baby spinach, arugula, herbs, microgreens and edible flowers, as well as other leafy greens, all grown from organic, non-GMO seeds for its nine dining outlets and 450,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The innovative production method – involving semiconductor industry-inspired techniques for precise control of the micro-environment, including air and water quality, temperature and humidity, light conditions and nutrients – allows for a steady yield of crisp produce year-round. Additionally, the HyCube is said to consume up to 90% less water and will reduce crop cycle by 20% without the use of harmful chemicals like pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, etc. Plant extracts will be used to create fresh green drinks and probiotic drinks, and the water filtration system will provide purified water that will be bottled and offered in the hotel’s grab-and-go outlet.