Farming Sustainably: Using Renewable Energy to Power Hydroponic Farming
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AbstractVertical hydroponic containerized farming offers a unique, globally relevant and game changing innovation, which in theory, provides a blueprint for solving the global food supply and at the same time solving many grave factors that are contributing to climate change. The crux of this model is the large electrical energy input required for its operation. Little thought has been given towards the ability to solve this problem through renewable means. The purpose of my capstone was to confirm the feasibility of powering these hydroponic systems from renewable energy sources. I wanted to know what sources are available? Which are the most viable? Finally, do the benefits outweigh the costs? As demonstrated in this paper, wind and solar energy are renewable sources that, if sized correctly, are viable alternatives for powering a containerized vertical hydroponic farm in Tucson, Arizona. We should draw inspiration and unquenchable enthusiasm from this application of renewable energy to a food supply model. It is just one of many designs that will increase the world's window for solving the global food and fresh water crisis.
DescriptionSustainable Built Environments Senior Capstone Project