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1 Meter of Pi

10 Posts authored by: stevotech
INSTALLATION OF LIGHTS Before moving on to the final stages – Schematic Design of the Complete System and Schematic Design of Controls – I installed LED lighting and configured the Operational Controls, with an additional indication feature: MVF LIGHTS OFF, jpg MVF LIGHTS ON .jpg I have made a small video clip that also makes the lighting more apparent, with the addition of a flashing warning light, signalling the telescopic drive is in operation. MVF LIGHTS ON .mov Next, the  ...
Addendum A to Blog/Post Nine:   I previously wrote: “Note: In the original proposal I had included a Solar Panel (or a series of panels) to be sited at the very top of the Construction to provide additional back-up power.”   ADDS: As the application is indoors, today’s technology would not be practical. However, tomorrow’s technology could change that perspective: There are at least two areas of research from which practical experiments are pointing the way to ...
I have developed the basic principles of motion and control for one of the most important aspects of my design proposals, the ‘GIZZMOTO’ special pump with a telescopic outlet/extension and a distribution head attachment.   The purpose of the system is to give the options of supplying Air – at ambient or increased temperature – or Moisture, in the form of atomised droplets – again, at a pre-set temperature – to each of four levels, where growing containers ...
Completing the last stages of scale-model construction to form a Power Module that sits at a foundations/ground level: The special pump/base/tank assembly is affixed in the centre of the bottom housing A-MVF-GIZZMOTO & BASE MTG.jpg   An Air Compressor is positioned on one side and an Air Receiver on the opposite side. B-MVF POWER MODULE ISO VIEW 1.jpg     C-MVF POWER MODULE ISO VIEW 2.jpg In this instance the piece of equipment has a 12-volts DC motor (*)   An a ...
Since my last blog on Construction, I have been focusing on Item 4 on the list of Main Elements. Bringing to the fore the need to maintain good growing conditions, I have spent a huge amount of time working on an automated system – eventually to be controlled by a Raspberry Pi 4 and PIM 487/486/300 assembly - to provide controlled levels of moisture/water, humidity, and adjustable temperatures - and I think I have an answer: ‘GIZZMOTO’ a no-moving parts pump with a telescopic o ...
The attached jpeg, ‘Ref 1101 Construction’ is a sketch illustrating the main pieces of power and control equipment and where they are likely to be positioned. A – Main Control Cabinet B – Compressed Air Power Pack C – Compressed Air Service Module D – Special Water Pump – with no-moving parts (more on this later) E – Telescopic Moisture Tower F – Electro-Mechanical Drive & Positioning Unit G – Water Heater H – Hydro-Energy Uni ...
How are the most important areas of control to be included in the modular vertical farm construction to create the right Environment and provide climate control? Probably the most important areas of control within the main structure are: Lighting, Temperature, Humidity, Water/Moisture This will apply to all levels and assuming that individual containers or trays could be included in the overall design, then two areas of control are likely to be: Temperature of the plant/food and Water/Moisture C ...
Having constructed a complete scale-model structure/carcass, I have started to analyse the main elements that have to be taken into consideration when building a full-size modular vertical farm and produced a schematic sketch identifying six areas: Construction – vertical farm component parts; Mechanical – fixed and moving parts; Power – all utilities; Control – Raspberry Pi, sensors, switches, etc; Science – understanding growing techniques; Environment – wha ...
This post covers my original design and how I am approaching the development of a High- Tech Vertical Farming System, by bullet points: a. Once I have completed the build of a small scale-model (25% of full size), I propose to carry out a reverse engineering exercise and split-out the various sections to analyse the structure and see what could be made better for the full-size version. b. In essence, this will be achieved by taking one square metre level and stretching it out so that I have a ...
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WEEK ONE - ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by stevotech Oct 25, 2020
Four days since announcement of Sponsored Challengers finalists/winners and I have mapped out the 10-12 weeks programme of work: Draft mechanical designs and detail materials and equipment for the complete module. This will be the most difficult and I am considering making a scale-model to see how the various sections will best fit together. I will probably use standard plastic shapes as these could probably be produced by 3D printing for the final build (and a 3D printer might be part of the & ...