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AgriPOD

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AgriPOD – The Vertical Farm of the Future PODnet is in the process of developing Controlled Environment Application, called “AgriPOD”, which builds on the SolaRoof platform to create a capability for growing food crops on a continuous basis and to obtain from these crops their maximum potential in quality and quantity of the harvest. Growing and harvesting is managed concurrently to obtain a steady and reliable supply of produce without regard to the location of these operations or the changing climatic conditions. This is possible by means of establishing a closed atmosphere, controlled environment that is ideal for plant production. The AgriPOD is truly a revolutionary product that provides the environment for steady and cost effective whole year growing. The all season, all climate AgriPOD vertical growing method is an emerging science and technology that has the potential to remove all constraints to humanity's capability to provide nutritious food in abundance. The SolaRoof AgriPOD application is conceved as a DIY Kit, very simple and low-cost to set up. AgriPOD is a vertical, high profile structure with integral extrusion profiles for securing the modular SolaFabric panels, and the entire envelope is post-tensioned. The AgriPOD is covered with our unique “PolyFabric”, which is a modular, double-layer-building envelope that is standardized for high volume manufacturing.  AgriPOD is to become fully automated and sustainable building unit packed with various types of installation systems like vertical hydroponic growing systems, algae flash culture system,  anaerobic system, liquid thermal mass system, dynamic insulation system, and combined heat and power systems. You will be able to choose systems that you want to install into your POD. AgriPOD a hyper-intensive photosynthesis and transpiration energy conversion of solar radiation to nutritious food and pure water, with abundant resulting biomass - further amplified by Mass Algae Culture - which feeds the AgriPOD capacity to produce abundant BioFuels, including BioGas and BioDiesel.  All AgriPOD components are delivered completely pre-engineered and prefabricated. Thus construction of projects is fast, accurate and foolproof. The entire structural system is to be fabricated from aluminum extrusions and is assembled using galvanized steel or stainless steel bolts and would easily be dismantled for relocation at any time. We will design the high technology PolyFabric or SolaFabric envelope for installation in modular sections using a continuous locking mechanism to attach the modular panels to the arch-sections of our aluminium structure components, and therefore the glazing material would also be easily removable without any damage. The insulation level of the proposed greenhouses is twenty times higher than standard double polyethylene covered greenhouses and about 30 times improvement over a single glass covered greenhouse. Therefore, the conduction heat loss and heating cost can be reduced by orders of magnitude - this is a revolutionary result that makes all other greenhouse systems obsolete.

AgriPOD – The Vertical Farm of the Future

PODnet is in the process of developing Controlled Environment Application, called “AgriPOD”, which builds on the SolaRoof platform to create a capability for growing food crops on a continuous basis and to obtain from these crops their maximum potential in quality and quantity of the harvest. Growing and harvesting is managed concurrently to obtain a steady and reliable supply of produce without regard to the location of these operations or the changing climatic conditions. This is possible by means of establishing a closed atmosphere, controlled environment that is ideal for plant production.

The AgriPOD is truly a revolutionary product that provides the environment for steady and cost effective whole year growing. The all season, all climate AgriPOD vertical growing method is an emerging science and technology that has the potential to remove all constraints to humanity's capability to provide nutritious food in abundance.

The SolaRoof AgriPOD application is conceved as a DIY Kit, very simple and low-cost to set up. AgriPOD is a vertical, high profile structure with integral extrusion profiles for securing the modular SolaFabric panels, and the entire envelope is post-tensioned. The AgriPOD is covered with our unique “PolyFabric”, which is a modular, double-layer-building envelope that is standardized for high volume manufacturing. 

AgriPOD is to become fully automated and sustainable building unit packed with various types of installation systems like vertical hydroponic growing systems, algae flash culture system,  anaerobic system, liquid thermal mass system, dynamic insulation system, and combined heat and power systems. You will be able to choose systems that you want to install into your POD.

AgriPOD a hyper-intensive photosynthesis and transpiration energy conversion of solar radiation to nutritious food and pure water, with abundant resulting biomass - further amplified by Mass Algae Culture - which feeds the AgriPOD capacity to produce abundant BioFuels, including BioGas and BioDiesel.

 All AgriPOD components are delivered completely pre-engineered and prefabricated. Thus construction of projects is fast, accurate and foolproof. The entire structural system is to be fabricated from aluminum extrusions and is assembled using galvanized steel or stainless steel bolts and would easily be dismantled for relocation at any time. We will design the high technology PolyFabric or SolaFabric envelope for installation in modular sections using a continuous locking mechanism to attach the modular panels to the arch-sections of our aluminium structure components, and therefore the glazing material would also be easily removable without any damage.

The insulation level of the proposed greenhouses is twenty times higher than standard double polyethylene covered greenhouses and about 30 times improvement over a single glass covered greenhouse. Therefore, the conduction heat loss and heating cost can be reduced by orders of magnitude - this is a revolutionary result that makes all other greenhouse systems obsolete.

AgriPOD – The Vertical Farm of the Future PODnet is in the process of developing Controlled Environment Application, called “AgriPOD”, which builds on the SolaRoof platform to create a capability for growing food crops on a continuous basis and to obtain from these crops their maximum potential in quality and quantity of the harvest. Growing and harvesting is managed concurrently to obtain a steady and reliable supply of produce without regard to the location of these operations or the changing climatic conditions. This is possible by means of establishing a closed atmosphere, controlled environment that is ideal for plant production. The AgriPOD is truly a revolutionary product that provides the environment for steady and cost effective whole year growing. The all season, all climate AgriPOD vertical growing method is an emerging science and technology that has the potential to remove all constraints to humanity's capability to provide nutritious food in abundance. The SolaRoof AgriPOD application is conceved as a DIY Kit, very simple and low-cost to set up. AgriPOD is a vertical, high profile structure with integral extrusion profiles for securing the modular SolaFabric panels, and the entire envelope is post-tensioned. The AgriPOD is covered with our unique “PolyFabric”, which is a modular, double-layer-building envelope that is standardized for high volume manufacturing.  AgriPOD is to become fully automated and sustainable building unit packed with various types of installation systems like vertical hydroponic growing systems, algae flash culture system,  anaerobic system, liquid thermal mass system, dynamic insulation system, and combined heat and power systems. You will be able to choose systems that you want to install into your POD. AgriPOD a hyper-intensive photosynthesis and transpiration energy conversion of solar radiation to nutritious food and pure water, with abundant resulting biomass - further amplified by Mass Algae Culture - which feeds the AgriPOD capacity to produce abundant BioFuels, including BioGas and BioDiesel.  All AgriPOD components are delivered completely pre-engineered and prefabricated. Thus construction of projects is fast, accurate and foolproof. The entire structural system is to be fabricated from aluminum extrusions and is assembled using galvanized steel or stainless steel bolts and would easily be dismantled for relocation at any time. We will design the high technology PolyFabric or SolaFabric envelope for installation in modular sections using a continuous locking mechanism to attach the modular panels to the arch-sections of our aluminium structure components, and therefore the glazing material would also be easily removable without any damage. The insulation level of the proposed greenhouses is twenty times higher than standard double polyethylene covered greenhouses and about 30 times improvement over a single glass covered greenhouse. Therefore, the conduction heat loss and heating cost can be reduced by orders of magnitude - this is a revolutionary result that makes all other greenhouse systems obsolete.

AgriPOD – The Vertical Farm of the Future

PODnet is in the process of developing Controlled Environment Application, called “AgriPOD”, which builds on the SolaRoof platform to create a capability for growing food crops on a continuous basis and to obtain from these crops their maximum potential in quality and quantity of the harvest. Growing and harvesting is managed concurrently to obtain a steady and reliable supply of produce without regard to the location of these operations or the changing climatic conditions. This is possible by means of establishing a closed atmosphere, controlled environment that is ideal for plant production.

The AgriPOD is truly a revolutionary product that provides the environment for steady and cost effective whole year growing. The all season, all climate AgriPOD vertical growing method is an emerging science and technology that has the potential to remove all constraints to humanity's capability to provide nutritious food in abundance.

The SolaRoof AgriPOD application is conceved as a DIY Kit, very simple and low-cost to set up. AgriPOD is a vertical, high profile structure with integral extrusion profiles for securing the modular SolaFabric panels, and the entire envelope is post-tensioned. The AgriPOD is covered with our unique “PolyFabric”, which is a modular, double-layer-building envelope that is standardized for high volume manufacturing. 

AgriPOD is to become fully automated and sustainable building unit packed with various types of installation systems like vertical hydroponic growing systems, algae flash culture system,  anaerobic system, liquid thermal mass system, dynamic insulation system, and combined heat and power systems. You will be able to choose systems that you want to install into your POD.

AgriPOD a hyper-intensive photosynthesis and transpiration energy conversion of solar radiation to nutritious food and pure water, with abundant resulting biomass - further amplified by Mass Algae Culture - which feeds the AgriPOD capacity to produce abundant BioFuels, including BioGas and BioDiesel.

 All AgriPOD components are delivered completely pre-engineered and prefabricated. Thus construction of projects is fast, accurate and foolproof. The entire structural system is to be fabricated from aluminum extrusions and is assembled using galvanized steel or stainless steel bolts and would easily be dismantled for relocation at any time. We will design the high technology PolyFabric or SolaFabric envelope for installation in modular sections using a continuous locking mechanism to attach the modular panels to the arch-sections of our aluminium structure components, and therefore the glazing material would also be easily removable without any damage.

The insulation level of the proposed greenhouses is twenty times higher than standard double polyethylene covered greenhouses and about 30 times improvement over a single glass covered greenhouse. Therefore, the conduction heat loss and heating cost can be reduced by orders of magnitude - this is a revolutionary result that makes all other greenhouse systems obsolete.

AgriPOD is an efficient and sustainable technology for producing renewable resources of food, energy and water through biotechnology   GROWING MEDIA Conventional, intensive greenhouse crop production operations methods that drip irrigate rockwool or other synthetic or organic media such as peat, makes great demands on resources, including energy, water, fertilisers and require consumption and disposal of large quantities of growing media. Our goal is to make the AgriPOD method of Biomass Crop Production largely independent of such consumables that generate non-recyclable bi-products. This will base our technology on renewable resources and provide the foundation for building a truly sustainable industry which achieve extreme efficiency but also moves beyond this goal to achieve a vast rate of production resulting in a surplus of exportable renewable resources while minimizing any dependency on the consumption of non-renewables or of slow-to-renew organics, for example, peat based composts or synthetic growing media that cause land fill disposal problems. Our solution, the floatation growing systems that are not yet common in Europe but are in use in large, commercial lettuce production operations in Canada and China, where individual projects of up to ten hectares have been operating successfully for a number of years. Our proprietary version of these systems is an advanced concept that is well adapted to Biomass Crop production, which can use natural floating crops or the flotation raft method for non aquatic plant production. The great advantage of the flotation crop production is realized by the fact that the shallow or deep pond is an ideal “liquid thermal mass” – where, in the AgriPOD process the flotation pond is integrated with the Liquid Solar Controlled Environment system that is mentioned above. ENERGY AgriPOD is a closed, enriched CO2 atmosphere, controlled environment crop production system. As such, our process utilizes proven but not mainstreamed innovations to establish an energy efficient process for maintaining the temperature, humidity and other factors for optimum crop production within the required specification. Existing greenhouse technology operations suffer from an extreme tendency to overheat in the hot climates or summer season due to a lack of radiative energy control over the glazing and conversely in cold climates and during the extreme winter conditions the prior technology has very limited capability to provide sufficient insulation to prevent extreme heat loss and therefore production may be required to shut down during mid winter or, if not, then the result is a very high heating cost. Our solution to this recognized problem is the provision of low cost and efficient climate control process, which uses the Liquid Solar Controlled Environment process, which includes dynamic Liquid Bubble Technology for heating and cooling of buildings constructed with a highly transparent multiple skin envelopes. These methods, which have been invented by Mr. Nelson and proven by the SolaRoof community in various field test projects in the USA and Canada and the Far East, have not yet been commercialized in the EU or in America. The enhanced and open source SolaRoof Foundation methods are based upon the Creative Commons knowhow, which is an order of magnitude improvement (ten times reduction in heating and cooling loads) over any state of the art methods for greenhouse heating and cooling in Holland or any other advanced countries. However, not only is our technology a minimal consumer of energy for heating and cooling, but the AgriPOD process is a significant net producer of renewable energy in the form of Biofuel, which includes the following possible sustainable energy products: Ethanol from starch, Methane from biomass, BioDiesel produced from vegetable oil from Mass Algae Culture. The operations require only 2 to 3% of the energy produced, which is expected to be as high as 100 Kw per M 2 per annum in the high sunlight regions (say: 6 Kw/day/M2), that includes the Polar Regions. While the sunlight in Iceland is very concentrated in the summer season, we can produce the energy in the form of biomass during the summer and this renewable resource is availabe in the form of Biofuel for use during the winter. In all nordic lands the AgriPOD continues to produce through the short winter days with the generation of electricity from microturbines that are powered by the Biofuel produced during the summer. Not all nordic lands have the geothermal resources of Iceland and therefore it is important that the AgriPOD applies Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems to provide electricity for lighting and utilizes the waste heat of this system as backup heat for the solar thermal energy capture. The AgriPOD process can produce multiple fuels and crops while also housing fish farming and livestock, which means that one project can generate several income streams while the incremental cost of each process is reduced due to the integration of the optional systems. Thus the overall investment will achieve a remarkably high profitability.  WATER The AgriPOD process is the first in the world to utilize the phytomechanisms of plants for the purpose of producing “Freshwater from Seawater”. In our non ventilated, controlled atmosphere growing environment none of the transpiration moisture is lost, since our closed system uses the liquid cooling/chiller process to maintain the inner skin of the building envelope at the necessary dew point temperature to condense all the transpired moisture that is generated by the crop leaf canopy system.  Therefore production of pure water is a direct consequence of our climate control method which removes the solar thermal gain by removal of transpired moisture from the closed environment.  The water production is a bi-product of our crop production method and such production has almost no incremental cost yet is a high value result. In our “Freshwater from Seawater” projects the AgriPOD process will use halophytes (such as seawater hyacinth) which can be grown for biomass to be used as livestock or fish feed and will produce pure water from the uptake and transpiration of seawater and in addition there are many salt tolerant plants that can be grown in brackish water or other crops grown to provide a stage in the treatment of waste water.  The AgriPOD process, which in operates continuously (producing a suitable crop), is capable of producing 5 Kg of water per square meter per day, or 1 cubic meter of water per 200 M2 daily. All the energy not used for photosynthesis is transformed into pure condensation, which is typically about 1,000 Kw of thermal energy utilization per square meter per annum. In addition it should be emphasized that the plant production itself will not waste any water resources since the deep or shallow pond growing method (which is typical) will retain 100 percent of the crop production water (the nutrient water) because this is a totally enclosed Hydroponic system – and with the capture of all the transpired moisture there is actually no loss whatever – except for the export of the wet weight of the crop. Since the crop biomass is also recycled then only the export of a wet biomass is due to the harvest and export of the fruit of a crop to be consumed outside the local community that can return their food waste and human waste back to the source. The AgriPOD is equiped with anaerobic digesters and aerobic composting that can safely handle and reder harmless any organic waste (that is itself free from contamination by heavy metals and other toxins). 

AgriPOD is an efficient and sustainable technology for producing renewable resources of food, energy and water through biotechnology

 

GROWING MEDIA

Conventional, intensive greenhouse crop production operations methods that drip irrigate rockwool or other synthetic or organic media such as peat, makes great demands on resources, including energy, water, fertilisers and require consumption and disposal of large quantities of growing media. Our goal is to make the AgriPOD method of Biomass Crop Production largely independent of such consumables that generate non-recyclable bi-products. This will base our technology on renewable resources and provide the foundation for building a truly sustainable industry which achieve extreme efficiency but also moves beyond this goal to achieve a vast rate of production resulting in a surplus of exportable renewable resources while minimizing any dependency on the consumption of non-renewables or of slow-to-renew organics, for example, peat based composts or synthetic growing media that cause land fill disposal problems.

Our solution, the floatation growing systems that are not yet common in Europe but are in use in large, commercial lettuce production operations in Canada and China, where individual projects of up to ten hectares have been operating successfully for a number of years. Our proprietary version of these systems is an advanced concept that is well adapted to Biomass Crop production, which can use natural floating crops or the flotation raft method for non aquatic plant production. The great advantage of the flotation crop production is realized by the fact that the shallow or deep pond is an ideal “liquid thermal mass” – where, in the AgriPOD process the flotation pond is integrated with the Liquid Solar Controlled Environment system that is mentioned above.

ENERGY

AgriPOD is a closed, enriched CO2 atmosphere, controlled environment crop production system. As such, our process utilizes proven but not mainstreamed innovations to establish an energy efficient process for maintaining the temperature, humidity and other factors for optimum crop production within the required specification.

Existing greenhouse technology operations suffer from an extreme tendency to overheat in the hot climates or summer season due to a lack of radiative energy control over the glazing and conversely in cold climates and during the extreme winter conditions the prior technology has very limited capability to provide sufficient insulation to prevent extreme heat loss and therefore production may be required to shut down during mid winter or, if not, then the result is a very high heating cost.

Our solution to this recognized problem is the provision of low cost and efficient climate control process, which uses the Liquid Solar Controlled Environment process, which includes dynamic Liquid Bubble Technology for heating and cooling of buildings constructed with a highly transparent multiple skin envelopes. These methods, which have been invented by Mr. Nelson and proven by the SolaRoof community in various field test projects in the USA and Canada and the Far East, have not yet been commercialized in the EU or in America. The enhanced and open source SolaRoof Foundation methods are based upon the Creative Commons knowhow, which is an order of magnitude improvement (ten times reduction in heating and cooling loads) over any state of the art methods for greenhouse heating and cooling in Holland or any other advanced countries.

However, not only is our technology a minimal consumer of energy for heating and cooling, but the AgriPOD process is a significant net producer of renewable energy in the form of Biofuel, which includes the following possible sustainable energy products: Ethanol from starch, Methane from biomass, BioDiesel produced from vegetable oil from Mass Algae Culture. The operations require only 2 to 3% of the energy produced, which is expected to be as high as 100 Kw per M 2 per annum in the high sunlight regions (say: 6 Kw/day/M2), that includes the Polar Regions. While the sunlight in Iceland is very concentrated in the summer season, we can produce the energy in the form of biomass during the summer and this renewable resource is availabe in the form of Biofuel for use during the winter. In all nordic lands the AgriPOD continues to produce through the short winter days with the generation of electricity from microturbines that are powered by the Biofuel produced during the summer. Not all nordic lands have the geothermal resources of Iceland and therefore it is important that the AgriPOD applies Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems to provide electricity for lighting and utilizes the waste heat of this system as backup heat for the solar thermal energy capture.

The AgriPOD process can produce multiple fuels and crops while also housing fish farming and livestock, which means that one project can generate several income streams while the incremental cost of each process is reduced due to the integration of the optional systems. Thus the overall investment will achieve a remarkably high profitability.

 WATER

The AgriPOD process is the first in the world to utilize the phytomechanisms of plants for the purpose of producing “Freshwater from Seawater”. In our non ventilated, controlled atmosphere growing environment none of the transpiration moisture is lost, since our closed system uses the liquid cooling/chiller process to maintain the inner skin of the building envelope at the necessary dew point temperature to condense all the transpired moisture that is generated by the crop leaf canopy system.  Therefore production of pure water is a direct consequence of our climate control method which removes the solar thermal gain by removal of transpired moisture from the closed environment.  The water production is a bi-product of our crop production method and such production has almost no incremental cost yet is a high value result.

In our “Freshwater from Seawater” projects the AgriPOD process will use halophytes (such as seawater hyacinth) which can be grown for biomass to be used as livestock or fish feed and will produce pure water from the uptake and transpiration of seawater and in addition there are many salt tolerant plants that can be grown in brackish water or other crops grown to provide a stage in the treatment of waste water.  The AgriPOD process, which in operates continuously (producing a suitable crop), is capable of producing 5 Kg of water per square meter per day, or 1 cubic meter of water per 200 M2 daily. All the energy not used for photosynthesis is transformed into pure condensation, which is typically about 1,000 Kw of thermal energy utilization per square meter per annum.

In addition it should be emphasized that the plant production itself will not waste any water resources since the deep or shallow pond growing method (which is typical) will retain 100 percent of the crop production water (the nutrient water) because this is a totally enclosed Hydroponic system – and with the capture of all the transpired moisture there is actually no loss whatever – except for the export of the wet weight of the crop. Since the crop biomass is also recycled then only the export of a wet biomass is due to the harvest and export of the fruit of a crop to be consumed outside the local community that can return their food waste and human waste back to the source. The AgriPOD is equiped with anaerobic digesters and aerobic composting that can safely handle and reder harmless any organic waste (that is itself free from contamination by heavy metals and other toxins).