Expanding the level of technological readiness for a low-cost vertical hydroponic system

Climate and social changes are deeply affecting current agro-food systems. Unsustainable agricultural practices and the low profitability of small farmers are challenging the agricultural development of rural areas.

This study aims to develop a novel, modular, and low-cost vertical hydroponic farm system through reviews of the patented literature, research literature, and variants of commercial products. After a detailed conceptualization process, a prototype was fabricated and tested to validate its technology readiness level (TRL).

The outcomes supported the usability and performance of the present utility model but highlighted several changes that are necessary before it can pass to the next TRL. This study shows that the prototype has the potential to not only solve food sovereignty but also to benefit society by advancing innovations in food production and improving quality of life. 

Read the complete research at www.mdpi.com.

Borrero, J.D. Expanding the Level of Technological Readiness for a Low-Cost Vertical Hydroponic System. Inventions 2021, 6, 68. https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions6040068 


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