Lettuce Hydroponic Crops Optimization and Automation.

Food production is one of the most important factors for any society to be healthy, to subsist and to develop in different aspects of life. “795 million people around the world, are suffering of hunger; that’s about one in nine people on earth. About 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world” (World Food Program). Human population and needs are growing very fast but hydroponic crops are a viable solution to satisfy its increasing nutritional demands.

The project consists of designing a mathematical model to optimize a high performance Aquaponic system which is located in the sea and works with sea water and sea nutrients to do fish farming and produce crops. Hydroponic and aquaponic crops can be set up in conditions and places where traditional crops cannot be grown. Aquaponic systems can produce more crops in less space, use less water, and have a lower pest and contamination risk. By using hydroponic systems, it is possible to constantly provide quality crops to large human populations.

Research question

How can crops production be optimized by the use of computer systems and mathematical analysis. This with the purpose of having the largest quantity of product with better quality in less space and lower risk. This techniques can also be used in places where crops cannot be normally grown, for example deserts, other planets and also outer space

Research Methodology

The research methodology consists on quantitatively analyzing model 1, model 2 and Robotic aid model H from a mathematical point of view; this about production rates per cycle of lettuce and about initial cost of system installation. These calculations by observation, measuring and getting the system’s characteristics from their topology and manufacturer’s specifications