Monday, April 4, 2016

Revolutionary Hydroponic Garden Grows Food Year-Round Utilizing NAS

Interesting.  Note that the plants are nicely maturing.  At a one hour rotation it should be enough for the base of the vases to pass through the water every hour.  The one hour duration is also fast enough to prevent gravity from directing plant movement. 

Assuming it can then stand up to normal operating conditions it may well turn out to be useful on earth.  I am much more skeptical regarding space conditions.  We are then dealing with zero gravity and this provides little in the way of acceleration in any direction.

Who knows on this unusual product at this time but it is worth watching..

Revolutionary Hydroponic Garden Grows Food Year-Round Utilizing NASA Technology

Posted on March 15, 2016

This unique hydroponic garden allows individuals to produce a variety of agriculture products in the comfort of their own home.

Credit: DesignLibero

Growing plants is a much tougher task when you’re in space. In microgravity conditions, water droplets float, and if herbs don’t grow, it’s not as if there’s a supermarket nearby.

To remedy this problem, inquisitive minds at NASA invented a hydroponic wheel in 1980. Sadly, the plans were never developed until a fully-functioning device – that is, until recently.

The company DesignLibero saw it as a shame that the concept went unused, therefore, invented The Green Wheel, “an iconic garden object for residential use, like a T.V.”

The revolutionary hydroponic garden could provide those without reliable access to a garden the tools they need to start growing some of their own food indoors.

Credit: DesignLibero

Fast Company Design reports that the rotary hydroponic garden has undergone a massive change from an aesthetic point of view. As the Milan-based company’s background is in interior design, architecture, product and graphic design, designers used their talents to not only make the garden functional and compact, but visually appealing.

In many ways, the circular garden is like a mini Ferris wheel. The outer case hides an engine that rotates the plants, and the rotary garden also includes a pump for automatic plant irrigation. Inside the inner wheel are vases made from coco fiber that provide support for plants and their roots.

Every hour, the plants are spun full-circle.

Credit: DesignLibero

Credit: DesignLibero

At the bottom of the system, a water reservoir feeds water to the roots; this ensures that each plant has an equal opportunity to soak in light.

“If you calculate the circumference of the wheel, you have larger growing area that helps to cultivate more plants with a lower energy cost,” explains Libero Rutilo, head of the company.

Credit: DesignLibero

The circular garden can hold an astonishing eight feet of plants; it’s the intelligent design which minimizes the amount of illumination needed to nourish all of the flora.

Credit: DesignLibero

Credit: DesignLibero

The rotary garden can be easily controlled by an interface managed through a smartphone or tablet. Various controls allow the user to set the amount of illumination and light temperature and to be advised of water levels; this allows the growth of virtually any vegetation.

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