Technoport Conference 2017 takes place every year in Trondheim, Norway where PODpioneers from Iceland, Norway and Canada all gathered to share the solaroof technological application that is the AgriPOD. The AgriPOD is a commercial vertical farming application able to maintain optimal environmental conditions to grow produce in isolated communities. Colleagues from UrbanFEED.no, Acando, solaroof.org and PODnet.is were all in attendance.
October 1st, 2016 -- Fairfield, Iowa
Harvest time is community time. Time to come together as the leaves fall and the air gets that smoky scent and that familiar chill. For Ron Bessette of PODbuilt and 30 volunteers in Fairfield, it was the perfect time for a good ole fashioned barn-raising -- with a 21st-century twist.
The team raised a GardenPOD a greenhouse structure to house innovative solaroof technology to insulate the inside in order to keep it at an ambient temperature for growing food for the community. This means, come the icy chill of winter temperatures like 58 degrees Fahrenheit, the interior of the building will be an ambient 72 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to bubble insulation.
The GardenPOD is 30' wide x 50' long x 20' tall and will house, in this case, fig trees. About six dozen of the fruit trees are waiting in pots and already five feet tall. The intention is to allow the vines of the fig to climb freely towards the 20-foot apex of the structure once it is completed in about a month's time.
How it works
Bubbles are inexpensive means of dynamic insulation; they provide shading when you need it and insulation when you want it." --PODpioneers
EncounterLA ThinkTank: PODpioneers salute fellow change-makers and collaborator on green alley project
Green Alley, Green Future: how collaboration to feed communities is the new cool
The LA street Blog post from this past July is detailing the advantages of a Master Plan being implemented with collaboration with local government and its city's citizenry. PODpioneers explores the connection of communities empowering youth to collaborate and teach each other a better way to live in a complex world.
A half-dozen students of Marcela Olivera's Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) Architectural Department have selected the 1820 W. Florence Avenue Five Points Youth Foundation alley for their semester project for the next five weeks. They will be creating a green space in an alley located in the South Los Angeles area and using principles of architecture, community outreach, collaboration and urban planning to ensure a positive and verdant transformation of an otherwise forgotten space.
More about LATTC Architecture: https://sites.google.com/site/lattcarchitecturetechnology/home
Five Points Youth Foundation (www.fivepointsyouthfoundation.org) is a non-profit located in Los Angeles seeking to empower and instruct youth to transform their lives and the lives in their community. This organization and its president, Mr. Andrew Williams, Jr., collaborate with PODpioneers and other change-making groups to realize the vision to empower communities to feed themselves. Green alley projects like this one will cultivate more than delicious food.
August 10-14, 2016
Caroline Smalley, Founding Director, I3 Investment Coop and The Citizens Media
Warren Te Brugge, Founding Director, I3 Investment Coop and Manzimvula
Other Directors, I3 Investment Coop
I3 Cooperative (Photo credited to them above)
August 10th at 13h00-15h30
University of Quebec in Montreal - A Pavilion (Local A-2575)
400, rue Ste-Catherine
Montreal, QC, Canada
Tomorrow (June 15th, 2016) will be the showcase of a new way to control ecosystems in the urban setting for profitability in the growing of local food. EAU = Ecole Agriculture Urbain (or school of urban agriculture) is featuring its take on the exceptional innovation of freight farming--by implementing aquaponics.
Aquaponics is the control of an ecosystem to grow plants by coupling a soilless plant-growing system with a fish-growing system.
EAU's is located in Montreal and we are excited that they are featuring one of their systems in this highly innovative, food-conscious city. Cheers!
THE AGRIPOD PROJECT: (written Contribution from Team Leader Ricky Gudmundsson at http://www.podnet.is/info-package/)
Low Tech - Low Cost
This project essentially started out as a practical solution to providing a year round warm growing environment for vertical farming, especially aquaponics growing in cold climates. agriPOD represents a demonstration of how low tech, low cost solutions can be found to produce a building that uses cutting-edge sustainable building technology. The whole project budget now stands at around $150K, which is little more than a conventional climate-controlled new single-skin polytunnel would cost with this production area. Keeping to this budget however, has meant being very resourceful, using contributed materials and resources (including volunteer labour and expertise) and investing a lot of time in collaboration with the global PODpioneer community.
Dynamic Working Liquid Processes
The agriPOD essentially comprises of a enveloping transparent cavity in which a single liquid component is employed in different ways to regulate the building interior temperature and humidity. The Liquid can be introduced into the cavity as bubbles producing insulation or shade as required. The same liquid can be carried in the cavities as a thin laminar film, where it acts to transport thermal energy from the building interior to where it can be stored in a ‘warm liquid thermal-mass’ or dissipated into a ‘cool liquid thermal-mass’.
Controlling the Temperature of the Actual Building Structure
Providing a cool surface within the building by using the a liquid film and heat-sink, humidity can be regulated and condensation collected as a supply of clean water. Generating bubble insulation from liquid warmed by the liquid thermal mass produces warm insulation which is the building mechanism for slowly releasing accumulated heat back into the interior environment when required.
Living plants are an integral part of the working SolaRoof mechanism for cooling and solar energy collection. Some of the same processes that regulate the surface temperature of our planet are functioning within the agriPODThe extremely polarised temperatures felt in the desert is due in part to the lack of vegetation. Plants over millions of years has evolved highly efficient ways of regulating their tissue temperature by harnessing the properties of its surrounding atmosphere. Nearly all plants maintain foliage temperature at around 22 – 24 degrees Celsius even in the hottest climates. It is harnessing these biomechanical processes which enables SolaRoof systems to cool buildings at efficiency levels far greater than conventional air-conditioning methods.
In a fully realised SolaRoof system there is another level of plant life that can be harvested to produce bio fuels. By enriching a cavity with CO2, liquid cooling films become a perfect medium in which to cultivate algae which can be harvested for its oil or as feed for young fish and krill. It is possible to produce super food of high value in any climate with no fossil energy and no carbon footprint!
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