Human Powered Hydroponic Machine

PeachyKeen is proud to have partnered with Skills Development Scotland which, aims to develop the young workforce through experiential learning.  Our 2018 Foundation Apprentice was Craig who designed the unique PeachyKeen Human Powered Hydroponic Machine.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water based nutrient rich solution.  The basis of the hydroponics system is to provide optimum conditions for plants to grow.

The wonderful Craig had to understand the principle of hydroponics as well as the elements required to design a system that used Human Generated energy as its power source.  Fiona Lamotte from Guardswell Farm, who is a specialist in the field of hydroponics was able to give Craig invaluable expertise and knowledge which contributed to the success of the project.

After researching the premise, the first stage of this strategy was calculating lighting and optimum light wavelength.  Additionally, an appreciation of plumbing for the movement of water through the system.  Finally, the skills to design and manufacture the various electronic components required for a functioning system. At each stage of the project, Craig worked with the team at PeachyKeen to ensure the design was costed, sourced and tested using proof of concepts.  This would demonstrate that the initial theory would work in practise.

This resulted in the final construction of the PeachyKeen Human Powered Hydroponic Machine.  The complete project life-cycle from the initial idea through to a fully functioning system was carefully followed.  Encompassing all the necessary intellectual and technical skills required for its success.

We aim to plant our first Human Powered crops in January 2019.  The carefully selected ‘test’ crops will consist of micro radish leaf, pea shoots, rocket and sunflower seeds.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about Human Energy Harvesting Systems and Hydroponics or  how you could partner with PeachyKeen.

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