(587l) Investigation of Closed Loop Bioponic Irrigation Systems for Urban Agriculture
Traditionally, a hydroponics system are a single pass system. Meaning that large amounts of water are passed through the system into the plant containers and then passed out of the system to not be used again. This causes a large amount of waste water to be produced which is difficult to process especially in urban settings where such systems may be used. This also poses numerous environmental problems since this waste stream contains unused fertilizers that pose a threat to vulnerable ecosystems if not properly treated. The model-based study of lab and pilot-scale systems could prove beneficial in the search for more sustainable options for low-impact urban farming or even large scale, soilless agriculture.