posted on Aug, 14 2011 @ 06:40 PM
I just thought about how useful this could be for colonizing Mars or the Moon.
Less water used, less energy required, seems like a great way to grow food and potentially generate oxygen for an off-planet colony. Although I
believe there are more productive ways of generating oxygen (algae?) than with food crops, but they are going to generate oxygen nonetheless, so it
would be a nice way to supplement your oxygen supply.
There seems to be a great deal of water on Mars. Set up a few of these grow houses underground on Mars, extract water and put an array of solar cells
on the surface.
This isn't a new idea or anything, but the method being used in the OP's article would make it a lot easier to do than it would have been
Like someone else said, this would be a nice setup for personal use. Use your attic, basement, spare room, closed in back porch, etc as a little grow
room. Get Potatoes, Tomatoes, Cucumber, lettuce, carrots. I wonder if they have any plans to sell an "at home kit' that contains all the LEDs,
sensors, and software for you to run on your computer. It would be nice to see a cost analysis for such a system, I wonder how much the sensors and
everything costs for a house-scale operation.
Like I said earlier they talk about recycling the evaporated water, so there must also be some sort of dehumidifier or something.
I'd imagine it wouldn't be cheap, but it should last a long time, and you can have delicious, safe, fresh veggies for next to nothing.
This system also seems like it could help a lot of developing countries, or places where traditional farming is impossible or too costly. Integrating
solar with this system seems like the logical next step, and would also help out places with no electricity and what not.
Imagine 20 years from now, you live in a high rise apartment that has a mini-market inside, that sells fresh fruits and veggies that were grown on a
floor of your apartment building.
There are so many possibilities with this setup, I can imagine this company becoming very successful.