Genie scissors assist ‘Europe’s largest’ vertical farm
By Leila Steed10 August 2021
Farming company Nordic Harvest has purchased a range of electric scissor lifts from Genie, for the construction and daily operations of its new vertical farming facility in Denmark.
A specialist in hydroponic cultivation, the company grows a variety of vegetables and herbs for wholesale in a 14-storey vertical farm near Copenhagen.
It added nine Genie scissors to its operations, specifically the GS-2632 and GS-2646. Flemming Dyring, Nordic Harvest’s sales director, said, “The scissor lifts had to provide a high level of stability for safe work. In addition, their handling had to be as easy as possible, including intuitive controls and the possibility of instant troubleshooting, all of which met our requirements.”
Five Genie GS-2632 electric scissor lifts helped build and set up the internal structures of its facility, which provides an area of 4,950m2 of growing space, and is said to be the largest indoor of its kind in Europe.
With a maximum working height of 9.8m and a platform capacity of 227kg, the GS-2632 slab scissors were used to install the farm’s cultivation trays at heights of up to 9m.
Due to the vertical nature of the sustainable farming technique, Nordic Harvest then added four Genie GS-2646 electric scissor lifts with platform capacities of 454kg.
The 9m models are now being used by the company’s staff to access all 14 storeys of cultivation trays, enabling employees to check the healthy growth of the plants and herbs before harvesting.
Nordic Harvest purchased the new scissor lifts through Genie’s authorised distributor Jøma Lift Teknik.
“For our work, a minimum working height of 8.80m (28ft 9in), a comfortable working space and high manoeuvrability in small spaces were imperatives”, said Dyring.
“Before making our decision, we took the opinion of our Taiwanese partners who recommended Genie scissor lifts to us for their design quality and proven reliability to effectively complete our assigned tasks: construction of the cultivation structures and control of the seedings and harvest.”