Welkin

Food From Sky

A prototype that uses an innovative vertical farming method to substantially increase the yield and at the same time is self sustainable.

Use Case

Sarvesh is a businessman with stretches of land lying unused. Instead of directly doing agriculture on that land, he installs Welkin units. He also hires people to work on those units. Now he is earning $290 for every $100 he would have otherwise made. With an increase in production, he is able to provide more food to the market. The people working on those unit also need to do only minimal periodic supervision, and therefore can utilize their energies in some other productive activity in the saved time. This not only increases the overall production, but also increases the workforce productivity. Taking inspiration from Sarvesh, many other land owners have also installed Welkin units. With more food in the market, the food prices have come down.

Potential

Welkin will substantially increase the yield of a farm produce (up to 290%). It can also be used to grow food on otherwise uncultivable land. Welkin is a self sustained unit that requires minimum maintenance and supervision. It is also very much resistant to extreme conditions like hail storms and heavy rains that destroy a lot of crops. As it uses solar energy, it has virtually no carbon footprints and significantly brings down the energy requirements. It is perfectly scale-able unit, and hence can be installed virtually anywhere: from a house veranda to factory rooftops, from community centres to skyscraper roofs. With such an increase in production and reduction in energy requirements, it is an idea that can truly bring revolution in the agriculture world.

Business Case

Welkin is a fully self sustained unit that can give up to 290% efficiency. Though the initial set up cost for a full scale model is approx $1500 (multilevel setup, mirrors, sensors, overhead tank and drip irrigation systems), with minimum recurring costs and high profits, investment will soon reach break even. With support from government authorities, units can be produced much cheaply, and can be marketed to a larger section of society. If government agrees to provide tax concessions, Welkin units can be installed on various levelled surfaces specially in urban areas like on rooftops, thereby utilizing otherwise uncultivable lands for growing food. It is a fully scalable unit that can be scaled up or down as per requirements. It can be easily incorporated into co-operative model too.

Objectives:

  1. Increase in Production: A substantial 290% yield in food production on the same stretch of land.
  2. Self Sustainable Solution: Can operate on solar power and employs drip irrigation, and hence drastically saves on energy the requirements.
  3. Scale-able: Is scale-able, and hence can be installed anywhere, from home balcony to factory rooftops.

Team Varda

Delhi, India

Our Team

MATHEMATICAL feasibility of WELKIN / Published January 10, 2016 by Utkarsh Kumar

MATHEMATICAL feasibility of WELKIN

https://wevarda.wordpress.com/

Welkin is a practical solution for curbing the food hunger and in the link above is the mathematical proof corroborating our claim . The biggest preponderance of welkin is that it's scale-able with the small unit, capable of feeding a family of 3 coming for only $ 100 and also as a full scale unit that could feed an entire community for only $1500!!!!!.

A Glimpse of WELKIN / Published January 10, 2016 by Utkarsh Kumar

A Glimpse of WELKIN

'Welkin' is a self sustainable model and have many leverages over the Conventional Farming practices , Thus making it an exquisite choice for ending insatiable need for overcoming problem of World's Hunger..

WAY TO GO / Published January 10, 2016 by Shashank R Prasad

WAY TO GO

That is how we will keep rolling on.

Live Testing of Welkin by Dr. Rajendra Prasad / Published January 9, 2016 by Rishabh Karwayun

Live Testing of Welkin by Dr. Rajendra Prasad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8LVIrRI8JU

Eminent Principal Scientist, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, live testing our concept and sharing his views on the same.

Live Testing of our concept / Published January 9, 2016 by Rahul Verma

Live Testing of our concept

Recently, Team Varda visited IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute), Pusa Road, New Delhi. There, we talked with people coming from various backgrounds: from common working staff to the Principal Scientist. All of them showed as a positive response to our concept, and at the same time provided us with various suggestions so as to improve upon. This visit was very promising for Team Varda, as it gave us confidence that our audience has a very positive reaction to our concept, and at the same time helped us in making our prototype more user friendly.

Our Mission

Food is one of the basic and most important things needed for survival. In past few decades, the increase in population has been exponential. But the increase in food production hasn't followed the same suit. The population is projected to increase by another 2 billion in about 35 years. With our present agriculture system, will we be able to sustain mankind then? We will have to change our agricultural practices for the better. Not only do we have to increase the production, but at the same time we also have to take care of the amount of energy and other inputs. We also have to care about the amount of land that will be required to increase production, as the amount of cultivable land is limited. With this thought in mind, Team Varda has developed a prototype, "Welkin". Welkin uses a modified vertical farming technique. It is an eco-friendly, self sustainable unit that requires minimum human intervention and increases the yield by up to 290%. Not only does Welkin increases yield on present agricultural land, it can also be used for cultivation on otherwise uncultivable land. It also protects the crop from extreme weather conditions like hail storm etc.

Our Background

India is often called the World Hunger Capital, having largest undernourished and hungry population in the world. Not only is this a black spot on our nation's pride, but also a concern for worry as fellow human beings. Us, being aware and responsible citizens, want to play our part in bringing about a change in this scenario, and TFF's challenge is the perfect platform for the same. All four of us are pursuing Bachelor of Engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, University of Delhi. Shashank and Utkarsh designed and perfected various aspects of Welkin. Rahul and Rishabh used their skills in devising out the entire blueprint and business model of how Welkin will be integrated into our society.

MATHEMATICAL feasibility of WELKIN / Published January 10, 2016 by Utkarsh Kumar

MATHEMATICAL feasibility of WELKIN

https://wevarda.wordpress.com/

Welkin is a practical solution for curbing the food hunger and in the link above is the mathematical proof corroborating our claim . The biggest preponderance of welkin is that it's scale-able with the small unit, capable of feeding a family of 3 coming for only $ 100 and also as a full scale unit that could feed an entire community for only $1500!!!!!.

A Glimpse of WELKIN / Published January 10, 2016 by Utkarsh Kumar

A Glimpse of WELKIN

'Welkin' is a self sustainable model and have many leverages over the Conventional Farming practices , Thus making it an exquisite choice for ending insatiable need for overcoming problem of World's Hunger..

WAY TO GO / Published January 10, 2016 by Shashank R Prasad

WAY TO GO

That is how we will keep rolling on.

Live Testing of Welkin by Dr. Rajendra Prasad / Published January 9, 2016 by Rishabh Karwayun

Live Testing of Welkin by Dr. Rajendra Prasad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8LVIrRI8JU

Eminent Principal Scientist, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, live testing our concept and sharing his views on the same.

Live Testing of our concept / Published January 9, 2016 by Rahul Verma

Live Testing of our concept

Recently, Team Varda visited IARI (Indian Agricultural Research Institute), Pusa Road, New Delhi. There, we talked with people coming from various backgrounds: from common working staff to the Principal Scientist. All of them showed as a positive response to our concept, and at the same time provided us with various suggestions so as to improve upon. This visit was very promising for Team Varda, as it gave us confidence that our audience has a very positive reaction to our concept, and at the same time helped us in making our prototype more user friendly.

Our Team

Our Mission

Food is one of the basic and most important things needed for survival. In past few decades, the increase in population has been exponential. But the increase in ...Read More

Our Background

India is often called the World Hunger Capital, having largest undernourished and hungry population in the world. Not only is this a black spot on our nation's pride, ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.