Devastating Flooding in BC

The flooding in Abbotsford has been devastating to many of those in the agriculture industry. It really has shown the fragility of our supply chain and the need to protect it against the further devastating effects of climate change. This is unfortunately only the beginning.

QuantoTech has been lucky to have our Chilliwack farm on high grounds adjacent to the worst of the flooding; however, no one from the QuantoTech team is able to access the farm. We are happy to report that all of our automation and monitoring technology has come to use and allowed us to remotely observe the farm while the grow recipes work their magic. We have also teamed up with the neighbouring First Nations to continue planting and harvesting at the QuantoTech farm to keep up a constant supply of leafy greens to the affected community.

We are happy to be able to support the community during these challenges. For ways to support the flood victims, head to the Canadian Red Cross and Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund.

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QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. operates vertical farms to promote food security and sustainability by bringing fresh produce to unconventional climates and under-served communities.

QuantoTech’s Video Interview with Alacrity Cleantech

Checkout QuantoTech’s video with Alacrity on the Alacrity Cleantech YouTube channel.

By Alacrity Cleantech

“In this video, Alycia Van der Gracht, founder of vertical farming company QuantoTech, speaks to why they are 50% more profitable than any other vertical farmers and where they are headed next.”

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. operates micro farms to promote food security and sustainability by bringing fresh produce to unconventional climates and under-served communities.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. Pursues Urban Farming Partnerships in Kazakhstan

QuantoTech Solutions is pursuing multiple urban farming partnerships in three Kazakhstan cities. The QuantoTech team recently traveled to three cities in Kazakhstan to meet potential partners and determine the feasibility of urban farming in Kazakhstan to support local restaurants.

“QuantoTech is branching out to Kazakhstan due to great interest from the Kazakhstan government in Canadian technology as well as an interest in becoming more self-reliant. We’ve teamed up with a strong partner in Kazakhstan to help determine the feasibility of urban farming in Kazakhstan. We have found four other partners interested in hosting urban farming pilot sites. By growing locally in the city, we can drive down prices to our local restaurant customers while significantly increasing quality,” said Alycia van der Gracht, Founder.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. is an engineering service company that supplies energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED lighting and grow systems to commercial growers.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. Pursues Manufacturing Partnership in Kazakhstan

QuantoTech Solutions is pursuing a manufacturing partnership in Kazakhstan.

The QuantoTech team recently traveled to three cities in Kazakhstan to meet potential partners and determine the costs of manufacturing and localization directly in Kazakhstan to further support local customers.

“QuantoTech is branching out to Kazakhstan due to great interest from the Kazakhstan government in Canadian technology as well as an interest in becoming more self-reliant. We’ve teamed up with a strong partner in Kazakhstan to help determine the feasibility of manufacturing in Kazakhstan. By completing manufacturing and localization in Kazakhstan we can drive down price to our local customers as well as offer local support,” said Alycia van der Gracht, Founder.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. is an engineering service company that supplies energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED lighting and grow systems to commercial growers.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. Signs MOU with Chinese Partner

QuantoTech Solutions’ Chairman, Peter van der Gracht, traveled to China alongside the Alacrity Foundation to sign an MOU and further develop Cleantech partnerships in China.

“This March, Richard Egli (Managing Director of Alacrity Canada) and Peter Van der Gracht (Alacrity Senior Mentor and Chairman of Quantotech) joined Henry Wu (Director of Alacrity China) and Siyuan Zao (Cleantech Consultant specializing in China) to represent Alacrity Canada on a trip to Shanghai, Tianjin, and Beijing…”

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Alacrity Canada facilitates success and economic growth in the Western Canadian technology sector by providing support and entrepreneurial mentorship to promising entrepreneurs, in addition to finding and connecting these individuals with the venture capital funding needed to develop thriving local tech companies.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. is an engineering service company that supplies energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED lighting systems to commercial growers.

QuantoTech installs cloud based LED plant monitoring and control chambers for Novel Sensor Research

QuantoTech Solutions has built a cloud-based, enclosed plant monitoring and control system. The system is being used for a research project that evaluates cost effective sensor solutions that can accurately predict key performance indicators of plant health. This project was made possible with funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

“Providing a cost effective means to quantitatively measure plant health will be beneficial to both large-scale commercial growers as a way to quantitatively measure plant growth and health, as well as, smaller facilities which may not have access to on-site expert knowledge. The software provided in the cloud based system allows for simple visualization of data providing plant growth trends and key performance indicators, and eventually periodic recommendations and automated changes in the plant environment,” said Alycia van der Gracht, Manager of Operations and Supply Chain.

The first experimental crop consisted of microgreens. The imaging and analysis system was able to detect and predict harvest performance within the first 24 hrs of germination. This capability would allow growers to re-plant rather than suffer through a failed harvest.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. is a Proud Partner of BC’s Digital Technology Supercluster

QuantoTech Solutions is a proud partner of BC’s Digital Technology Supercluster which has been shortlisted for the second phase of the application process for funding through the federal government’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative.

“The consortium is comprised of technology leaders including TELUS, Microsoft Corp., D-Wave, UrtheCast, Finger Food Studios and PHEMI; leading industry players including Teck, TimberWest, LifeLabs and Avcorp; and six post-secondary institutions including BCIT, Emily Carr, SFU, UBC, UNBC and UVic. This past July, the consortium submitted a proposal to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. With more than 50 national applicants, only nine were selected.”

Checkout the BC Tech Association’s page to learn more.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. is an engineering service company that supplies energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED lighting systems to commercial growers.

QuantoTech Creates Energy-Saving LED Lighting Solutions

Thanks to the generous contributions from the Investment Agriculture Foundation, QuantoTech was able to further develop energy-saving LED lighting systems that illuminate the shadows cast by traditional horticultural lighting companies. QuantoTech was able to create lighting solutions that benefitted both northern growing and enclosed growing facilities who both encounter similar lighting constraints.

“‘By using next generation LED lighting technology, growers of leafy greens, micro-greens and culinary herbs can reduce their energy requirements for production by 30-40 percent and increase yields by up to 25 percent,’ explains QuantoTech founder, Alycia van der Gracht, adding the new technology also decreases production time.”

More on the results of QuantoTech’s project can be found in the Investment Agriculture Foundation’s 2016 annual report, and more information on the Investment Agriculture Foundation can be found here.

QuantoTech and Simon Fraser University install Q400 Specialty LED Lights for Research

QuantoTech Solutions has supplied computer-controlled LED lights for a research project Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

“The controllability of the Q400 gives research facilities the ability to fine tune the light output to their needs using our API to build their own custom, control software. The customization possibilities are some of the reasons that our Q400 smart systems are so unique,” said Alycia van der Gracht, Manager of Operations and Supply Chain.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. and the College of New Caledonia install LED Lights at Aquaponics Showcase

QuantoTech Solutions has supplied LED lights for an aquaponics showcase located in the Prince George campus of the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, British Columbia. This project was made possible with funding from the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

“Our Northern BC communities are concerned about food security and want the ability to grow fresh produce year round. At the aquaponics showcase we will be demonstrating the growing of fresh produce. The harvest is used by our culinary food program and served right on campus. The showcase will be used by our Northern communities to help them launch their own year round food production” said Hardy Griesbauer, Director, Applied Research and Innovation, College of New Caledonia.

“Northern communities have restricted sunlight during much of the year which makes LED lighting necessary for commercial harvest. This showcase demonstrates the proper lighting configuration, intensity and spectrum needed by these communities,” said Gary Zywiecki, CTO Lighting Technology.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. is an engineering service company that supplies energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED lighting systems to commercial growers. To learn more about QuantoTech Solutions visit our website at http://www.quantotechltd.com.