How scalable is solar-powered garbage disposal

The world is getting warming, and one of the natural disasters is garbage. The government has taken many measures which are meant to save the planet and go green. How many of these methods are effective?and how well the people are following the procedures?

There are many questions which needed to be answered. However, the measures which were taken by the government are huge, and some of them are working. There are few things which you can do to add some value to the environment, and you make that little effort to make the environment much better.

The latest technology has allowed us to many different things which are small, and they do not much of your precious time, and they are efficient than the bigger projects.

Solar-Powered Garbage Disposal?

How Scalable is Solar-Powered Garbage Disposal?

You can put the solar-powered machine to get rid of the garbage without affecting the nature. With this method, you are not only getting rid of the wastage but also making sure that th8e rivers, lakes, places and other places are not getting polluted.

If you are wondering how the process works, then let me take you on a short tour of how well it works and also explain to you how you can do it too. Nobody can tell how scalable it is, but you can try it yourself and learn about it.

Things You Need

A Large Lens

A solar powered does not describe you about the instrument used in the process. What you need is a big lens or big magnifier glass. The magnifier glass come at a low price as well and you perform the task at your home. Let me warn you that the magnifier glass needs to be placed at the center and the sunlight will be concentrated into a location.

A Big Glass Chamber

The chamber is required and ensure that it should be a glass flask for the experiment. If you have a better idea for this glass house replacement, then we would like you to suggest in the comments section. Make sure to add sufficient water to it, or you can damage the glass.

Insulated Steel tank

Once you pour enough water, then you need a semi-sized insulated Steel tank that can fit into the flask into the chamber without any issues. Remember, it is important that the tank is insulated.

Solar-Powered Garbage Disposal?

Precautions

  • Remember, when you are using the big magnifier then make sure that there is nothing that can start a fire and protect yourself skin as well.
  • Once you are finished with the experiment, then do not remove everything. Instead let the flask cool down then disassemble it.
  • Make sure that you are performing it in out open, not in the house or balcony.
  • If things are not going as planned, then ensure you are taking a step back.
  • In the case of the emergency, keep a fire extinguisher with yourself.

Conclusion

If you are planning to take this process to another level, then you buy a solar machine to get rid of the wastage. If you have any questions regarding the topic, then make sure to comment below to get some answers.

 

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Freight Farms sow their seeds

Today Freight Farms launched their first, finished, farm in a shipping container. The co-founders Jon Friedman and Brad McNamara were joined by Senator Moore, Congressman James McGovern and Mayor Joseph Petty for the official grand opening.

Freight Farms official launch
Senator Moore, Congressman McGovern & Mayor Petty with co-founders Brad & Jon

Their farms are built inside recycled shipping containers lined with insulation to provide the maximum reduction of unwanted heat loss possible. The outside of the containers are topped with photovoltaic cells to provide power for the air conditioning and energy efficient LED lighting within. Plants are grown using a hydroponic growing system with LED lights targeting the exact wavelengths of light required by plants to flourish. Using LEDs for lighting keeps heat generation to a minimum and maximises the conversion of electricity into useful light with a minimum of waste.

Freight Farms

The idea was originally pitched on kickstarter.com and quickly surpassed their initial goal of $26,040 finish at just under $31,000 at the end of 2011. Now 11 months on the first build is complete and ready for full farming production!

The original FreightFarms.com pitch via kickstarter

A huge congratulations to Jon and Brad for all your hard work and I wish you the best of success in this venture. I look forward seeing how you progress.…

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Modular urban farms using shipping containers

In Dr. Dickson Despommier’s ‘The Vertical Farm’, Despommier discusses the need for urban farms to be ‘cheap to build, modular, durable, easily maintained, and safe to operate’. To me, the ‘modular’ part of this statement stands out as the most important point. By making urban farms modular it is easier to scale them by simply adding more pre-built units and easier to repair by simply disconnected a broken unit and isolating problems until they can be corrected. Each unit could be dedicated to a specific ecosystem allowing multiple crops to be grown in different containers with different climates without impacting on each other.

Google has already taken this approach to building data centers by creating ‘google pods’, standard shipping containers filled with all of the servers and airflow equipment required in a data center and assembled offsite for transport and installation at the desired location. Power, air conditioning and network connectivity are all handled separately at the installation site making all ‘pods’ simple to manage and interchangeable. The ‘pods’ are plugged in and out in the same way we install a washing machine into our homes.

Farm Workers

The shipping container vertical farm

This shipping container approach could be applied to modular vertical farms. By replacing the corrugated sides with a transparent material such as plastic or glass it would be simple to create stackable greenhouses. Add inlet and outlet pipes for water flow and ventilation and a power connection for running lighting during the winter months and you have a portable, scalable, stackable, modular, urban farm design.

vertical urban farm in transparent shipping container
This design could easily be converted to a stackable urban farm unit. (images via: travelodge)

 

By removing the power, water, and air circulation from each unit you can service many units with one system, if you choose too, but then split them apart quite easily for the next grow run if you wish. This would also be a good way to ensure standardization across the board. With all containers using the same pipe widths, power sockets and voltages, the cost of production would decrease while maximizing the efficiency of installations with guaranteed quality of components. As the containers are portable they could be installed anywhere in the world and therefore standardization is a must, not a nice to have.

In the immediate future, cost is a potential barrier to entry with a single shipping container selling for £1,500 – £2,000 at present. However, being able to stack greenhouses several stories high without needing to build a permanent structure could provide the required cost savings when deploying at scale.

single shipping container

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