Miniponics

The small scale hydroponic system that suits everybody

The miniponics project aims to find an economically viable solution to the installation of small scale hydroponic systems in rooftop of apartments, hotels, restaurant and clubs, bringing own-cultivated produce at it’s maximum nutritional value.

The Problem

With a world population reaching an estimated 10 billion for 2050 it is forecast that we would need to produce 70% more food than today, knowing that new fertile areas cannot accompany this growth.

According to the FAO, 30% of produce does not reach the consumer in time, being wasted along the complex supply chain.

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One Possible Solution

One possible solution is hydroponics, the system for cultivating plants without the need for soil. We deeply believe that this is the only way to achieve the densities required to feed the world and minimize and control the plant’s intake of water and its essential nutrients.

Hydroponic systems can be designed to become less dependent on weather conditions and water supply, and can optimize light absoption by designing systems that have several vertical levels, achieving densities of 60 to 100 short plants like lettuces of ruculas on a single square meter.

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Making it Happen

The idea emerges naturally when we consider the collective experience, skills and aspirations of our team, whose expertise developed over the last years spans areas of image recognition, sensors and connectivity, mathematical modelling of physical processes and statistical analysis, among others.

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Project Objectives

The miniponics project aims to find an economically viable solution to the installation of small scale hydroponic systems in rooftop of apartments, hotels, restaurant and clubs, bringing own-cultivated produce at it’s maximum nutritional value.

The production of outdoor miniponics greenhouses for hotels or restaurants can be several square meters and be able to produce a select variety of the vegetables the establishment finds more valuable (varieties of short plants that aren’t typically on the market, or basil and othe values aromatics).

The smallest members of the family could be installed on balconies or near windows in city apartments. The cost per plant of these installations will be high, but we are working on establishing an array of connected users that can share the production and also lower construction costs.

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Project Update

We have completed the first stage of our project, which is to establish an urban greenhouse capable of producing food using hydroponic methods. Equipped with a sensor array recording and transmitting wirelessly all the relevant parameters, we have reached a very important milestone in the miniponics development program.

We harvested our first test lettuces on Sep 6, 2017, using a substrate system with non- recirculating nutrient feed. We plan on testing three hydroponic systems and test at least 5 plant varieties.

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About b3

b3consultants is a Research + Development company with expertise in image/video processing, data acquisition, simulations and numerical analysis, involved in a variety of innovation projects related to the agro/industrial economical sectors. With base set in Montevideo, UY, the multidisciplinary staff ranges from mathematical modelling prodigies to UX experts in order to tackle the many different challenges that arise with every project.

Miniponics

The small scale hydroponic system that suits everybody. The miniponics project aims to find an economically viable solution to the installation of small scale hydroponic systems in rooftop of apartments, hotels, restaurant and clubs, bringing own-cultivated produce at it’s maximum nutritional value.


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With a world population reaching an estimated 10 billion for 2050 it is forecast that we would need to produce 70% more food than today, knowing that new fertile areas cannot accompany this growth.


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