Alternative farming practices and facilities are becoming increasingly popular, representing the possible future of agriculture. Hydroponic technology continues to advance, allowing people to grow food in unexpected places.
What Is Hydroponic Farming?
It is an agricultural method that uses water enriched with nutrients instead of soil to grow plants. Because this type of farming isn’t tied to rain or soil type it can open up many areas to farming that would otherwise be impossible to use.
Hydroponic farms can take up a tiny amount of space for personal use or expand and fill multiple greenhouse spaces.
Solar Energy + Hydroponic Farming
Adding solar energy as a power source for hydroponic farming makes it one of the most energy-efficient ways to farm.
When hydroponic farming first started, most systems relied on LED lights. New systems are now harnessing solar energy, making them more energy efficient than the earlier models.
Early applications of hydroponic farming required large amounts of electricity for heating, cooling, ventilation, irrigation, LED lights, and more. So while it opened up possibilities for farming in arid and city areas, it wasn’t very energy efficient.
Adding solar energy as the primary power source for hydroponic farming makes it more accessible and affordable.
How It Works
A solar-powered hydroponic system must effectively control and monitor temperature, water distribution, and pH levels to be successful. The solar power unit simply functions as the primary power source rather than conventional electricity.
Solar panel selection and systems will depend on the size of the hydroponic farm and the power requirements.
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Originally published in August 2022, this article has been updated to include the latest information.