SEPT 2014 – MAY 2015
During my senior year at MIT,
At the time, the team was developing an urban food production system that they envisioned would be retrofitted to the sides of high-rises and become the primary source of food for cities. Using targeted hydroponic and aeroponic irrigation technology, nutrient-dense water, and artificial growth lights, the farm could grow crops three to four times faster than conventional agriculture while also consume significantly less water and reduce the energy costs of transportation.
My project focused on designing a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that would help regulate the farm's environmental conditions. I first collected data of the incident solar radiation on the farm, and humidity and temperature inside and outside the farm over several days. Then I analyzed the data in MATLAB to develop a theoretical model that described the correlation between the farm's internal and external conditions. The model in turn informed the sizing and operation schedule of the HVAC system.