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Sustainable Solutions

L.e.d. Hydroponic & Aquaponic Sustainable garden

Sustainable Solutions

L.e.d. Hydroponic & Aquaponic Sustainable garden

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About

 Sustainable Solutions incorporates Aquaponics and Hydroponics with Light Emitting Diodes in an indoor controlled environment, giving you the highest quality product possible and a higher yield per Watt than HPS ; while saving 90% water and 60% electricity. Organic and Veganic produce (crops with no GMO nor harmful pesticides) can be harvested and delivered the same day to local markets, restaurant proprietors and chefs insuring freshness.  

Transplanted basil sprouts.
Transplanted basil sprouts.

What is a GMO?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Most GMOs have been engineered to withstand the direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. However, new technologies are now being used to artificially develop other traits in plants, such as a resistance to browning in apples, and to create new organisms using synthetic biology. Despite biotech industry promises, there is no evidence that any of the GMOs currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

A light emitting diode (LED) is a small electroluminescent light. LEDs are energy efficient, and they emit little to no heat. These lights come in many different shapes and sizes, and have a wide variety of uses. LED lights have risen in popularity as grow lights within the field of horticulture, especially for urban farms and grow rooms. Another advantage of a light emitting diode lighting system is the option of controlling manually or by remote control. It uses less electricity (12 hours on, 12 hours off= lasts 10 years) , requires no bulb changes, runs cooler and gives off little heat. It comprises different color coordinated patterns (Fully Adjusted Spectral Control)  that are adjustable from seedling to harvest.  The HID Wattage equivalent is 1000 W and leads to greater yields over time. 

 Fully Automated Spectral Control: 

It allows for accelerated harvest via a far red push during the last 20 minutes of the flowering photoperiod. Growers have the option of mimicking Sunrise and Sunset with up tp 150 discrete spectrum changes daily. 60 % energy savings. 

Basil in mixed spectrum lighting.
Basil in mixed spectrum lighting.

The Evolution of Cultivation: 100 % Organic Sustainable garden

Aquaponics refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals: such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by  initially into nitrites and subsequently into nitrates that are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.  

Basil sprouts ( 24 hour light cycles)
Basil sprouts ( 24 hour light cycles)

Aquaponics saves approximately 98% of the water that a conventionally irrigated farm requires for the same vegetable production. This allows for aquaponic production of both crops and fish in areas where water or fertile land is scarce, thus being ideal for geographical topographies with draught and famine.

Mixed greens Lettuce
Mixed greens Lettuce
Excellent growth with optimal grow conditions.
Excellent growth with optimal grow conditions.
L.e.d.  Close up.
L.e.d. Close up.
Converting the fluorescent t5 to L.e.d. lighting
Converting the fluorescent t5 to L.e.d. lighting

Risks and challenges

The Sustainable Solutions model autonomous of the GRID-dependent way of life is probably the biggest challenge to this project but also its main impetus and motivation. That is the risk involved in order to open up possibilities of self-sustainable grow systems that are also energy efficient. We are very optimistic that Sustainable Solutions (Hydroponics and Aquaponics) will pave the way for future energy-saving autonomous grow systems (Food supply, medicine, etc...)

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