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10 Posts authored by: RWReynolds
OK, so I received the EZR32WG starter kit last Friday. Thanks to element14Dave!   This is not much of a blog post, but it's intended only as an update and the result of having recieved the EZR32WG starter kit last Firday.   I spent the weekend installing one of the EZR32WG MCUs and an RPi in an enclosure. This will be the cultivation area SCADA system.   The EZR32WG MCU will now replace the EFM32ZG MCU. I'm currently busy making a wiring harness for the enclosure and the code ...
In this blog post, I will present and explain the remainder of the design and implementation of my vertical farming SCADA system.This post is focused on system data acquisition, utilization, and logging and will serve as an overview of the data to be collected and analyzed. I will cover many of these data points in more detail in subsequent blog posts. As this system has been developed as a prototype for research and development, I will be monitoring and logging many more data points than might ...
In this blog post, I will present and explain the design and implementation of my vertical farming SCADA system. It will be presented in two parts with this post, Part 1, focused on system control.   So, what is SCADA? SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) is a system operating with coded signals over communication channels so as to provide control of remote equipment (using typically one communication channel per remote station). The control system may be combined with a data ...
In this blog post, I will cover my lighting system design and implementation.   Available Lighting choices: Through my research, I have determined that there are four basic types of artificial lighting used for indoor plant cultivation. These are Fluorescent - Most commonly used for used for propagation, vegetative growth, and over-wintering. High-Intensity Discharge (HID) - Most commonly used for general purpose indoor cultivation. Plasma - Most commonly used for general purpose indoor ...
OK, so I've realized that my current blog format might not allow me to complete the 15 required posts, as they are quite time-consuming to create. So I am going to shorten them, post more frequently and try to focus each one on a single area of development and cover that area in more detail. This should make it easier to create the required number of blog posts and serve to provide more information on the design and project progress.   The nutrient feed system: In this post, I will cover ...
Hello Vertical Farming Challengers, and anyone else who happens upon this blog!   Well, I've been a bit remiss in both my blog reading and writing. I like to try and support everyone as much as possible and to keep my reports up to date. But alas, life gets in the way.   So, I have a lot to cover in this blog post so let's get started!   Section 1 : Recap - Ok, in my last blog post I talked about my design for rotating the stackable container cultivation unit. See images below. I ...
Hello again!   Welcome to the second installment of my challenge blog.   Please bear with me on the formatting of these posts. These online editors often present me with problems. Keeping with the structure I set forth in my last blog post, here we go!     Section 1 : Recap - Ok, in my last blog post I talked about choosing and acquiring planting containers. My original intent was to use a type of square, tapered Styrofoam containers I'd seen in my Internet research ...
Hello everyone,   Although I have already submitted one post to the challenge blog I really like this title format. I've seen a couple of other challengers use it and it looks very good to me. My first post was simply a design overview with not much to it. Now I'll start my official challenge blog. I am also busy starting a technology blog/aggregator site called Tech You Say. So I'm looking forward to getting a good bit of practice here, as I have never really "blogged" before. I guess you ...
Stacked Hydroponics Growing System for Vertical Farming Preliminary Design Document by Richard Reynolds     Prelude: As the world's population increases, the job of feeding this population becomes increasingly difficult. From the issues of simply finding the space to produce the food to the effects of over farming the available space to the effects of the chemicals used to increase crop yields; the problem is becoming more and more pervasive. And now, with the use of GMOs and the unkn ...
Well excellent! Thanks to  Element14, Silicon Labs and David Hamblin for selecting me as a finalist in the Vertical Farming Design Challenge.   Now, I guess it's time to make it happen. Can't wait to get the project materials and start working with the Silicon Labs devices to implement my design.   Just to reiterate and establish a starting point for my blog, here's the original application.   "My proposal consists of the design and implementation of a modular hydroponics ...