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Basalt wool to replace soil in fifth-generation greenhouse complex near Lipetsk (Russia)

The first phase of the Ultra-Clima greenhouse complex Elets Vegetables, which uses basalt wool as an artificial soil, will be put into operation in March. The first stage greenhouses cover the area of 5 hectares.

Necessary rock studies of the gabbro and andesite basalt groups for the suitability as the raw material base for the production of continuous basalt fiber (CBF). A unique technique including laboratory melting and pilot-industrial melting at the high-tech equipment.

Further, the greenhouse complex plans to increase the area by 5-10 hectares annually with a target to reach 60 hectares. Elets Vegetables is going to grow cucumbers, tomatoes, and greenery. All the greenhouses will use basalt wool, although it is more common to use this kind of artificial soil for growing tomatoes.

It is of note that a year-round greenhouse complex where the plants are grown on hydroponic basalt substrate made of basalt fiber was put into operation near the city of Yakutsk at the turn of 2016. Japanese located Hokkaido Corporation and Joint-Stock Bank “Almazergienbank” JSB became investors of the project.

Industries: Agriculture, Finance & Investment

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