Presentation Title

Water Conservation Through The Use of Aquaponic Systems

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 269

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

Aquaponics is a hybrid of hydroponics and aquaculture. Aquaponics differs from conventional farming methods. It utilizes fish waste to provide nutrients for plants through a nitrification process in a closed loop system. The major advantages of this technology in comparison to traditional farming methods are lower water consumption and land usage per plant yield since vertical-growing systems can be utilized. Although this technology has existed for a while, it has not been advancing as fast as desired. To help propel this technology into the future, research has been completed on various aspects of the project. In order to make the system more water efficient, a grey water purification unit that utilizes reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration membranes to recycle wastewater has been added. Water characteristics such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH level, and Ammonia, Nitrate and Nitrite concentrations are monitored by a homemade data logger which utilizes Arduino. The aquaponics system is an outdoor pilot located at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. The annual water efficiency of aquaponics will be presented in terms of plant yield vs water consumption.

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Water Conservation Through The Use of Aquaponic Systems

HUB 269

Aquaponics is a hybrid of hydroponics and aquaculture. Aquaponics differs from conventional farming methods. It utilizes fish waste to provide nutrients for plants through a nitrification process in a closed loop system. The major advantages of this technology in comparison to traditional farming methods are lower water consumption and land usage per plant yield since vertical-growing systems can be utilized. Although this technology has existed for a while, it has not been advancing as fast as desired. To help propel this technology into the future, research has been completed on various aspects of the project. In order to make the system more water efficient, a grey water purification unit that utilizes reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration membranes to recycle wastewater has been added. Water characteristics such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH level, and Ammonia, Nitrate and Nitrite concentrations are monitored by a homemade data logger which utilizes Arduino. The aquaponics system is an outdoor pilot located at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. The annual water efficiency of aquaponics will be presented in terms of plant yield vs water consumption.