eFARM Academy

Indoor Vertical Farming System

A technology that uses ground heat exchanger for root zone cooling of vertically-grown crops in a hot weather condition. This addresses the concern of limited or no space for planting especially those in the urban areas. Also, this technology allows to germinate 50 times more yield compared to the traditional method.

Resource Person: Engr. Christopher S. Pascual, Unit Head, CLSU Hydroponics and Aquaponics Technology

Engr. Pascual is a graduate of Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering major in Soil and Water Management from Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Nueva Ecija. In November 2021, he was awarded first prize for Outstanding Industrial Design for “A Ground Heat Exchanger System for Aeroponics” during the 2021 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE).

Currently, he is serving as the Project Leader of the research and development projects titled “Indoor Vertical Farming System (IVFS)” funded by the Philippine California Advanced Research Institute (PCARI), and “Urban Agriculture for Production Technologies for Increasing Food Production in the City”. Further, he is an Associate Professor III at the College of Engineering, CLSU.