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The Aeroponic system is agriculture with a non-stop production cycle. This enables workers to acquire considerable skill within a short period of time—a few months.vertical aeroponic farming system http://www. aeroponics utilizes only about 20 liters. plant containers are periodically displaced. Based on this observation. In traditional agriculture commercial production is obtained only with skilled workers qualified by many years of experience. Plant nutrition is supplied into a closed circuit. Most agricultural plants need a direct exposure to the sun during the first vegetative development. Young plants are placed at the highest level of the growth column. Because the aeroponic system is a continuous-cycle in an enclosed space it reduces the agricultural labor into a series of mechanical routine operational tasks which are carried out daily and throughout the year. with consequential faster development of the cultivated plants. this permits constant production without any 2 The Aeroponic Growing System: The principles of Aeroponics are based on the possibility of cultivating vegetables whose roots are not inserted in a substratum (the case with hydroponics) or soil. Numerous plants are mounted in vertical columns within a greenhouse or shade house space. For example: to produce a kilogram of tomatoes using traditional land cultivation requires 200 to 400 liters of water. Afterwards they are progressively lowered utilizing a rotational mechanical system. Climate controls within the greenhouse ensure optimal growing conditions. assuring high yields. but in containers filled with flowing plant nutrition. With the rotation periodically repeated. 2 of 15 8/22/2012 8:45 PM . hydroponics requires about 70 liters. Nutrients are allowed to trickle down through the growth columns. The aeroponic equipment is sheltered within greenhouses or anti hail-storm coverings according to the latitude. In these containers roots can find the best condition regarding oxygenation and moisture. Afterwards this direct exposure is no longer relevant. allowing for substantial water savings. Consumption is consequently limited to only the quantities absorbed by the plants. These conditions allow for better plant nutrition assimilation in a more balanced way. Plant containers can be mounted on top of one another and because they are light and handy. they can be easily moved according to agricultural needs.scribd.

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A level area of land which is not shaded by mountains or high buildings. d. A small amount of electric power. b. Annual crop yields of at least thirty times that of normal agriculture and six times that of a normal greenhouse. d. AND FLOWERS. 4 of 15 8/22/2012 8:45 PM . The area should be accessible by road. If these requirements can be met a VAP System Bioshelter can be erected on the land. 4 The VAP Vertical Aeroponic Growing System ON LAND WHERE NOTHING GROWS WE CAN WITH THE VAP SYSTEM GROW VEGETABLES. A substantial annual operating profit. c.vertical aeroponic farming system http://www. The quantity required is only 10% of that required for normal greenhouses. Sunshine b. c. There are no growing seasons in a VAP System Bioshelter. Crops all year round. and within it cultivation of vegetables. Produce of quality and taste.scribd. Produce which contains the minimum amount of fertilizer. equivalent to normal agriculture. The VAP System Bioshelter will produce: a. If necessary this can be provided by solar electric means. Water of suitable quality for agricultural use. FRUITS. The basic local requirements to achieve this are: a. fruits and flowers.

Automation of most agricultural operations with a limited necessity of farmlabor and farm equipment investments. 7. 5 of 15 8/22/2012 8:45 PM . This agricultural scheme follows an industrial model: daily fixed working-hours. 2. 6.vertical aeroponic farming system http://www. The 3-dimensional growing system has the highest output per square foot of land per year of any system known. This includes cold.scribd. 4. no more unsuitable back-breaking work in the environment but sheltered from the weather. no more seasonal or occasional work but uninterrupted activity during the whole year. Soil composition is not relevant because soil is never used in the process. etc. 5. It therefore possible to produce on a commercial basis in areas without any agricultural tradition. hot windy. 3. Higher organic qualities of the products. The growing system can be constructed near consumers. Yields are independent from any seasonal 5 Advantages of the Aeroponic Growing System: In comparison with the traditional agriculture the most relevant advantages are the following: 1. Intensive food production on a limited land surface area. 9. Social reevaluation of agricultural work which in the aeroponic system is planned. or dry weather. The simplicity and reliability of the mechanical system permits the employment of unskilled labor and the partially handicapped. Agricultural success independent of land and soil quality. Examination of “plateau” states of growing stock has shown a higher salt percentage of up to 30 %. 8. This system has had commercial success in desert areas such as Saudi-Arabia and Israel. Non-stop production cycle ensures a constant market supply with more price stability. The greenhouse can be constructed near urban centers and markets. Limited water consumption. with consequent reduction of freight costs and offering consumers freshly-cropped products.

000 sq.000 sq. The water consumption of a VAP System Bioshelter is only 10 % of that required for a normal greenhouse.000 sq. The resulting produce. would be 10. The necessary investment and operating costs make this a totally uneconomical proposition.000 sq.vertical aeroponic farming system http://www. Although the term “greenhouse” is used to describe the building in which the VAP System operates. by no means does the efficiency of a normal greenhouse compare with that of VAP System Bioshelter. In a VAP System Bioshelter.scribd.000 sq. ft. In a normal greenhouse year-round production can only be achieved with full air-conditioning which. a VAP System Bioshelter of 5. For example a production bioshelter of 45. • • • • • The VAP System is designed on a module of 12 ft x 6 ft x 10 ft. Therefore. The minimum practical size.ft. the necessary nutrients for cultivation are contained in solution in the closed circuit water supply system referred to above. commercially viable. ft. The main advantages of a VAP System Bioshelter over a normal greenhouse are as follows: • The annual yield per square foot of a VAP System Bioshelter is six times that of a normal greenhouse. ft The VAP System Bioshelter is really independent of the seasons and will produce on a year-round basis. is equivalent to a normal greenhouse of 30. in fact produces a completely artificial environment. 6 of 15 8/22/2012 8:45 PM . The roots of the plants absorb only as much of the nutrients as they 6 More Advantages of the Aeroponic Growing System: The VAP System is a modern method of cultivation particularly suited to desert areas and island communities where land and fresh water is limited. requires only 2 technicians and 6 unskilled workers. The composition of the nutrients is controlled automatically. In a VAP System Bioshelter fertile soil is not required. An equivalent size normal greenhouse of 270. contains the minimum of fertilizer and is consequently of the highest quality. With the VAP System there is no water wastage as the supply is contained within a closed circuit which permits recycling. and can be supplied in multiples of this module. ft. would require at least 30 workers. therefore. The environment of the interior is as near to a natural state as possible. The nutrient solution is made of “compost tea” Any normal greenhouse requires large quantities of fertile soil. The personnel requirements of a VAP System Bioshelter are very low. The only water used is that taken by the plants.

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