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Introduction

The Global population is increasing, people are living longer and the rest of the world is adopting a western culture, consuming natural resources at a faster rate. It is crucial that we find novel solutions to protect our environment, and minimise the negative effect of industrial activity on the world’s climate, with the most important issues facing the sustainability of industry and the long-term prosperity of humanity.

Agri-Tech plays a big part in this to minimise negative climate change. Agri-Tech is the use of technology in agriculture, horticulture, and aquaculture with the aim of improving yield, efficiency, and profitability. There are many opportunities for technologies to grow in this area, in a way that will improve yield, efficiency and profitability through the sector.

A thriving UK bioeconomy that integrates with our existing industries is likely to be a major part of the answer we need to address our dependence on imported fossil fuels and reduce the damage we do to our environment. It may even help bring back consistent economic growth. It is clear that we will need to move away from our reliance on the earth’s dwindling natural resources.

Technology is the key to unlocking a sustainable future, and CPI can help academic and industrial organisations of all sizes to commercialise innovative technologies with the potential to revolutionise the Agri-Tech sector. Our world class open access facilities and expertise across a range of technology platforms can be utilised by our partners to scale up, demonstrate and prove viable, green, low carbon solutions, for the benefit of the wider environment.

A thriving UK bioeconomy that integrates with our existing industries is likely to be a major part of the answer we need to address our dependence on imported fossil fuels and reduce the damage we do to our environment. It may even help bring back consistent economic growth. It is clear that we will need to move away from

The Agri-Tech Opportunity

Traditional agriculture dominates the sector, but emerging technologies such as diagnostic tools to identify endemic diseases in livestock, and big data to help farmers work out what to plant, where and when; already accounts for a third of Agri-Tech output.

The Internet of Things and Big Data go hand in hand in the UK process industry, this includes agri-tech. Using data will help pinpoint scheduling of fertilizer on crops and protection against pest attacks. Data driven agriculture will help improve precision in the use of resources which will help optimise costs as well as resource utilisation. Internet of Things (IOT) can completely change the UKs approach to farming. If farms machinery could automatically analyse the soil composition and gave nutrition requirements simultaneously, this will help simplify and streamline the management of everyday tasks.

By closely integrating universities, the agri-tech research base, industry and the government, there is an opportunity to alleviate these pressures through harnessing new technology, innovation and service models. Emerging technologies such as bio-technology, novel materials, photonics, big data and the internet of things can be utilised to address these challenges.

CPI has extensive experience of working with these collaborative models and emerging technologies and can provide companies with the facilities and expertise required to commercialise innovative Agri-Tech solutions.

Industrial Biotechnology

CPI is an expert in industrial biotechnology with unique gas fermentation and anaerobic digestion laboratory facilities.

Delivering a diverse range of new bio-products requires the development of a whole new range of technologies. CPI has ongoing programs in biotechnology & Biorefining themes. These focus areas cover the majority of known methods to produce platform and specialty chemicals from renewable sources, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.

Printable Electronics

CPI focuses on the integration and manufacturing of new innovative electronic devices, developing the technologies that will drive the manufacturing process forward. These new processes, including the printing of electronic functionality open up a host of design opportunities and will lead to the creation of a range of future electronic applications in key market sectors such as Agri-Tech.

Formulation

At CPI we recognise the importance of formulation in the agri-tech industry, complex formulated products such as pesticide granules are ubiquitous in everyday and industrial life.

Despite diversity in end-use applications, many companies are faced with common challenges. Formulated products may be externally distinct but they share very complex microstructures, which determine the product attributes. Achieving the precise effect in a formulated product cost-effectively and with minimal impact on the environment is key to the UK’s future competitiveness in Agri-tech.

This is why at CPI’s National Formulation Centre we are actively working to incorporate this type of platform into our systems to benefit from, demonstrate and share with businesses throughout the UK, which include collaborative partnerships and which demonstrate excellent use and development of scientific knowledge.

Anaerobic  Digestion

Wireless Communication

Near field communication (NFC)
Near field communication (NFC)

Printed NFC sensors for agriculture and engineering

Radio frequency identification (RFID)
Radio frequency identification (RFID)

RFID tags for livestock control

Agriculture Intelligence

Intelligent logistics
Intelligent logistics

Increase quality assurance and traceability with printed sensors

Intelligent sensing
Intelligent sensing

Sensors for manufacturing and process monitoring

Energy and Fuel

Second generation biofuels
Second generation biofuels

Sustainable bio-based fuels for agriculture

Waste to energy
Waste to energy

Transform waste into valuable bio-products