A Garage Farm: A 3D Vertical Farm

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2020-MALS-68993
Researchers at Purdue University are addressing food insecurity with a plan to integrate micro-farms into existing infrastructure such as parking garages. Vertical farming technologies are on the rise but are not yet adapted to provide affordable fresh food on a large scale. The system created by Purdue University integrates ag micro-farm pods (AgM) with hydroponic capabilities in the high ceiling spaces of parking structures. The closed loop system also includes LED lights and sensors which can control plant temperature, pH levels, carbon dioxide levels, and nutrient intake. This design also features a foldable weatherproof covering and additional optional devices for monitoring early plant growth as needed.

Advantages:
-Affordable
-Weatherproof
-Efficient

Potential Applications:
-Agriculture
-Horticulture
-Food Scarcity

Technology Validation: Design-based
Sep 4, 2020
Provisional-Patent
United States
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