End of Year Weblog -5/20/2017

So far this year I spent a lot of time on a number of different projects, and also had to change my project a few times and abandoned some. For the first semester I spent most of my time on the microgrid projects and created diagrams to present the sensors that we have. Then I looked into creating graphs that presented some of the data that I wanted for efficiency calculation, but among those, the solar price graphs was never completed because we didn't have enough sensors. I spent a large amount of my time researching and preparing for the box housing project, but we eventually stopped since the container never came at the beginning of second semester. Then I spent the rest of the time on the hydroponic project, creating different model such a fill, fill and drain, and vertical model. We spent a while setting everything up and then germinating the seeds to create plants, and now everything is running well. Next year we want to build a larger vertical model and hopefully automate the whole hydroponic system to monitor energy usage, EC, pH, and hopefully make the system self sustainable by connecting it to a batter and solar panel. Well its been a good year and I'm looking forward with my new projects next year as well as continuing with the hydroponic project.

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Daily Weblog -5/19/2017

I had an advisory meeting today and couldn't attend our optional day at class. But I checked out the plants roughly before and the vertical model is looking weak after they all wither from the pump failure. I hope then can recover like they did before, but while the last time it only took 2 days to recover, this time the tomatoes look like they might not comeback.

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Daily Weblog -5/18/2017

I had an AP exam on Wednesday's class so I couldn't attend.

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Daily Weblog -5/15/2017

The pump failed again on Sunday and the plants looks weak, hopefully they will restore soon. We don't know the reason for the failure but we expect it to be a power outage because Oliver's sensors went down as well. Today we continue to spray the neem oil/pesticide mixture on to plants with fungus and it seems to be helping but haven't exactly went away. We also put copper tape around the base of the horizontal plants to hopefully prevent any further invasion.

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Weekly Weblog -5/13/2017

I finished the anual presentation this week, so next week I'm going to concentrate on setting up the copper tape around the lettuce and try to get out all of the caterpillar. I also have to check if the sulfur spray helped killing the fungus on the plant or else we have to find another alternative. The neme oil should be here next week so we can put it on all the plants and hopefully protect them from other pest.

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Daily Weblog - 5/12/2017

I had my final presentation today. Next class I will get to work with the copper tape if it gets here.

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Daily Weblog - 5/10/2017

We are going to get copper tape and neem oil to prevent the caterpillars from eating the lettuce. We are also planning to put an airstone pump into the fill horizontal tray so that we can fill it full of water in order to let the smaller seedlings absorb the water. Recently we found that the perspiration rate are increasing because the water in each tank are increasingly lowered each week, and since the smaller seedlings are not getting in contact with water, some of them are dying out so the air pump would help the plants get oxygen when we fill the entire tray with water.

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Daily Weblog -5/8/2017

I plan for what I will be taking about in my annual presentation, and I'm also trying to arrange the actual presentation with Mrs. Petteys. I came up with a few new ideas for projects next year, and also mess around with the infrared camera as I think I can use it with analysis of the hydroponic heat distribution and also my potential projects next year.

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Weekly Weblog -5/6/2017

The horizontal fill and drain model is working magnificently because the lettuce has already grown so big within a week. But there's a caterpillar infection problem so our group have to find a solution for that soon. I've only just got back and been to class only once this week, so the objective for next week is to finish my final presentation and complete my project proposal for next year.

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Daily Weblog -5/5/2017

I just got back today, and the lettuce in the new fill and drain hydroponic has grown fast! It has only been one week and they've grown massively. I found one problem though, there are holes in the leaves and after some tracking, we found caterpillars hiding within the leaves. Since we are not resorting to the use of pesticides, we got to find an alternative to get rid of pest like these and potential bacteria soon.


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Weekly Weblog - 4/28/2017

We just finish a small fill and drain hydroponic system on Friday, and will install a timer next class. This week has been lucky because we were able to revive all the plants after the pump failure over the weekend. We are thinking of installing some short of water sensor to make sure that water is flowing the the tube of the vertical model. Also, I got to come up with a new project proposal for next year and I will work on it as soon as I get back.


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Daily Weblog - 4/28/2017

Today the Jamaicans, Dr. Bill and I completed the first fill and drain model. It is small, but we are just testing a smaller version to see if it will work in the long term. The system don't over flow or leak, which is a good thing, Next class we will try to assemble the timer to let it pump water for like 15 minutes and 15 minutes off to have air intake.

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Daily Weblog - 4/26/2017

Today we tested out the fill and drain horizontal tube. We will start assembling it next class. At the current I am trying to plan ideas for projects next year, and right I want to go into automobile because that's where I really wanted to head forward with the microgrid and energy sustainability this year. Dr. Bill suggest looking into electric vehicles, so I'll try to come up with something before the proposal is due.

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Daily Weblog - 4/24/2017

Over the weekend, I didn't want to upload a picture of our healthy vertical hydroponic because I hoped that our first Strawberry will turn red by Monday. But unfortunately, coming to class today we discovered the dual pump system to be disconnected, so there was no water coming through the system. The plants looks weak like they're going to die, and we fixed the pump, but haven't found duck tape to secure them, so we just used electrical tape to temporarily tighten the fit. Hopefully the plants will make it. Also, Oliver's new EC meter is working real good, so we have a meter that we can permanently leave inside the water tank.


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Weekly Weblog - 4/22/2017

This week I spent first day of class helping Analise with mixing solution for her horizontal hydroponic, and we had Mr. Schorn coming on the second day of class to speak to us about how we should present our projects better and start planning for the annual presentation. On the last day our group finally had time to work on the hydroponics. Some of the plant in the horizontal tray started dying again, so we remove them and added new seedlings. Then we also mess around with the dual linear pump system and decided to put a cup over it so that it doesn't spray too hard and leak out of the top. The strawberry plant has one red fruit which is exciting, and the tomatoes are getting pretty big. Next week I think I'm going to work with Johnny on some of our food ideas, and hopefully Dr. Bill will have something for me to do to get involve with the Palmyra project.

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Daily Weblog -4/21/2017

I printed a sheet for the pH and EC for various plants today and stapled on to the EC meter box. We also change out some of the dead plants today and add new seedlings to germinate directly in the horizontal tray. We also install a styrofoam cups onto the top of the vertical hydroponic so that if we want to use the series connected pumps, it won't over due and spill water out of the vertical hydroponic.

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Daily Weblog 4/19/2017

Today we had a long discussion with Mr. Schorn and Dr. Bill about how to "market" our projects better, and specifically focus on how we will present our project at the annual presentation with Mrs. Petteys and others. I've been on hold with the energy project for a long time because my original plan was to work setting up the electric grid in Sameer's sustainable housing, but his container never came and probably won't come until next year. So I think I will present my project primarily on the hydroponics as that has been my primary project for most of the Semester.

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Daily Weblog - 4/17/2017

Today we did the regular project introduction to visitors, and then I did the classly check up on the EC and pH of the hydroponics. Then I went to help Analise mix the solutions for her horizontal hydroponic and was messing around with it for a while until we got the desired pH and EC. The water was so cold today so it took a while to dissolve the solutions. I should've done what I did before by heating up water and using it to dilute the solution.

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Daily Weblog 4/15/2017

This week we had the vertical hydroponic set up and we were also playing around with the EC and pH level with the vertical and horizontal model. Most of the plants and all of the letuce in the horizontal tray died. We suspect that because we had left it for too long in the germination pod without any nutrients, so the plants were weak to start with. Here is the picture of the new vertical model.

Further more, I am looking forward to the Palmyra microgrid (sustainable island) project as Dr. Bill had a meeting with them on Friday. I hope that I can get involve with the planning and building process as it will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about sustainability and energy itself.

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Daily Weblog- 4/14/2017

I'm waiting until next class to see how I can get involve in the Palmyra atoll microgrid project because Dr. Bill is having a meeting with those guys today. Today Sameer and I check the EC and pH for the hydroponics, then I was just looking at thync (a brainwave head ware for brain relaxation), just to see if it can detect emotion better then the emotives headset. I haven't got a clear conclusion because the brand doesn't have very good product labelings. I was look at thync because if we can detect emotions better, maybe I can integrate it into other projects, more on that some other time.

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