Adam Dixon, one of the United Nations’ ‘Young Champions of the Earth’, is co-founder and CEO of Phytophonics, a company making commercial greenhouses more energy and water efficient.
Phytophonics uses hydroponics to grow vine crops with an inflatable ‘grow bag’ made from a flexible polymer fibre. The bag is filled with water and attached to a pump, which simultaneously filters in nutrients and aerates the water.
The system – cheaper to install than ‘rock pool’ alternatives – is estimated to be up to 80% more efficient than soil-based farming, leading the ‘grow bag’ to be recognised as a potentially game-changing development for disaster-hit areas facing food security challenges.
Dixon was named as Shell’s LiveWIRE Smarter Future Winner in 2017, as well as Innovative Start-up of the Year at the Welsh Start-up Awards the same year.