SPF Spotlight: Autonomous Controlled-Environment Growth Chamber Display

Published: 27 August 2018

Like a high-tech vending machine, but with lettuce!

A group of McGill Bioresource Engineering students have developed a project, funded by the Sustainability Projects Fund, that has installed the first autonomous controlled-environment growth chamber display on the Macdonald campus.  Pierce Dias Carlson, Rachael Warner, Leo McGuire and Connor Miller each offer a unique skill-set in successfully creating a productive autonomous growth chamber.

This project encompasses the design and construction of a fully autonomous vegetable production system. An enclosed system, the display will contain a variety of cutting-edge agricultural technologies, allowing for the irrigation, lighting, and HVAC systems to operate independent of human interaction. The transparent display showcases the different stages of plant growth, and how the technology allows it to occur.  


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