Autonomous Agricultural Transformer

Store and eat, instead of throwing.

Autonomous Agricultural Transformer is ideal for storing vegetables, fruit and meat or for growing plants.

Use Case

Our transformer is necessary for farmers who is don't have a lot of bankroll to save and increase their production and use it as inteded.

Potential

Our project will help underdeveloped countries in Middle Asia, the Near East, North Africa and Ibero-America to save grown output yield and use it for right reason but not through it away and pollute environment. As well as our transformer will help countries which located in regoins of dangerous farming with insolation 1000 watts per square meter for plants cultivation.

Business Case

We want to start the proprientary business of our transformer. But for that we need to make a prototype and to prove that our idea has higher efficiency than ideas of the competition.

Objectives:

  1. Efficiency achieved by optimal design for solar absorption.
  2. Ease of use, independence, along with potential profit from plethora of generated energy.
  3. Extended variety of usage because of functional extencion against the competition.

Team Plants Guardians

UFA, Russia

Our Team

Storage “Solar cold” / Published January 15, 2017 by Nikolai Patrushev

Storage “Solar cold”

http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/en-GB/projects/autonomous-storage/

This link is dated by 2015 and idea presented on it is a National Winner of James Dyson Award 2015. But thenceforth our project was improved and updated.

Autonomous Agricultural Transformer / Published January 15, 2017 by Nikolai Patrushev

Autonomous Agricultural Transformer

In this picture you can see our proposed transformer that will help farmers to save their plants as long as it possible.

Solar Assistant to the Farmers / Published January 15, 2017 by Nikolai Patrushev

Solar Assistant to the Farmers

One of the burning issues in the world is the problem of food. There are more than 7.3 billion people on the planet and this number is constantly increasing, which requires more and more food. A lot of vegetables and fruits are spoiled and thrown into landfills in some regions, worsening ecological conditions. These products could benefit under appropriate storage conditions. The cultivation and storing of fruit and vegetables is difficult in other regions because of their inaccessibility and the cost of imported products is very high. How can we solve these problems at low cost?

The proposed solution is a terrestrial autonomous agricultural transformer that generates energy from the sun at the required temperature using solar panels and refrigeration or heating appliances.

Tasks and properties of the transformer:
1) Captures solar energy. Designing of the transformer goes on an “East-West” axis, the Sun's rays are detected by the solar panels which have covered the storage from the South side. The angle of the panels should provide maximum solar radiation, so the angle of the panels at the bottom of the wall is at least 50 for power generation in the early morning and evening, and at the top of the wall is at least 25 for power generation in the middle of the day (measured from the horizontal plane).
2) Generates this energy into electrical energy with subsequent conversion to the desired temperature. For the generation are used solar cells, PWM controllers, batteries, inverter and converter – refrigeration system (storage) or heaters and lamps (hot house).
3) Keeps temperature within the walls of the transformer during the day and night due to the construction of double wall and thermally nonconductive material of walls (insulated brick, straw blocks, sandwich panels). Floor insulation is required.

It is estimated that the cost of the transformer volume of 80 m3 will be about $15,000. Currently there are products on the market that convert solar energy only in the cold. These are refurbished and insulated sea containers with a volume from 30 m3 to 50 m3 and cost from $16,000 to $50,000. Cost of 1 m3 of such repositories starts from $425. At the proposed transformer ~ $ 180 + this one has a heating function.

It is expected that the construction by blocks will be manufactured in a factory and transported to the place of erection where it will be assembled by builders. All the generating system will be selected individually for each region and will be purchased from reliable suppliers.

Regions to build the transformer is an area with solar insolation at least 1000 kWh/m2. Predominantly regions with weak electrification and fertile soils – Asia, Africa, Oceania, Latin America.

Transformer will help reduce the amount of discarded vegetables and fruit (in some countries it reaches 35%) that will improve the environment and reduce the cost of production. And at the expense of growing in the field, cost will decrease in regions with risky agriculture zones.

Our Mission

Our team is comprised of chemists who are permanent participants of Natural Science Tournaments. And we are not afraid of new challenges and ready to help the World to save grown plants and use them.

Our Background

One of the burning issues in the world is the problem of food. There are more than 7.3 billion people on the planet and this number is constantly increasing, which requires more and more food. A lot of vegetables and fruits are spoiled and thrown into landfills in some regions, worsening ecological conditions. These products could benefit under appropriate storage conditions. The cultivation and storing of fruit and vegetables is difficult in other regions because of their inaccessibility and the cost of imported products is very high. How can we solve these problems at low cost? We are proposing to you the solution that is a terrestrial autonomous agricultural transformer that generates energy from the sun at the required temperature using solar panels and refrigeration or heating appliances.

Storage “Solar cold” / Published January 15, 2017 by Nikolai Patrushev

Storage “Solar cold”

http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/en-GB/projects/autonomous-storage/

This link is dated by 2015 and idea presented on it is a National Winner of James Dyson Award 2015. But thenceforth our project was improved and updated.

Autonomous Agricultural Transformer / Published January 15, 2017 by Nikolai Patrushev

Autonomous Agricultural Transformer

In this picture you can see our proposed transformer that will help farmers to save their plants as long as it possible.

Solar Assistant to the Farmers / Published January 15, 2017 by Nikolai Patrushev

Solar Assistant to the Farmers

One of the burning issues in the world is the problem of food. There are more than 7.3 billion people on the planet and this number is constantly increasing, which requires more and more food. A lot of vegetables and fruits are spoiled and thrown into landfills in some regions, worsening ecological conditions. These products could benefit under appropriate storage conditions. The cultivation and storing of fruit and vegetables is difficult in other regions because of their inaccessibility and the cost of imported products is very high. How can we solve these problems at low cost?

The proposed solution is a terrestrial autonomous agricultural transformer that generates energy from the sun at the required temperature using solar panels and refrigeration or heating appliances.

Tasks and properties of the transformer:
1) Captures solar energy. Designing of the transformer goes on an “East-West” axis, the Sun's rays are detected by the solar panels which have covered the storage from the South side. The angle of the panels should provide maximum solar radiation, so the angle of the panels at the bottom of the wall is at least 50 for power generation in the early morning and evening, and at the top of the wall is at least 25 for power generation in the middle of the day (measured from the horizontal plane).
2) Generates this energy into electrical energy with subsequent conversion to the desired temperature. For the generation are used solar cells, PWM controllers, batteries, inverter and converter – refrigeration system (storage) or heaters and lamps (hot house).
3) Keeps temperature within the walls of the transformer during the day and night due to the construction of double wall and thermally nonconductive material of walls (insulated brick, straw blocks, sandwich panels). Floor insulation is required.

It is estimated that the cost of the transformer volume of 80 m3 will be about $15,000. Currently there are products on the market that convert solar energy only in the cold. These are refurbished and insulated sea containers with a volume from 30 m3 to 50 m3 and cost from $16,000 to $50,000. Cost of 1 m3 of such repositories starts from $425. At the proposed transformer ~ $ 180 + this one has a heating function.

It is expected that the construction by blocks will be manufactured in a factory and transported to the place of erection where it will be assembled by builders. All the generating system will be selected individually for each region and will be purchased from reliable suppliers.

Regions to build the transformer is an area with solar insolation at least 1000 kWh/m2. Predominantly regions with weak electrification and fertile soils – Asia, Africa, Oceania, Latin America.

Transformer will help reduce the amount of discarded vegetables and fruit (in some countries it reaches 35%) that will improve the environment and reduce the cost of production. And at the expense of growing in the field, cost will decrease in regions with risky agriculture zones.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our team is comprised of chemists who are permanent participants of Natural Science Tournaments. And we are not afraid of new challenges and ready to help the World ...Read More

Our Background

One of the burning issues in the world is the problem of food. There are more than 7.3 billion people on the planet and this number is constantly ...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.