State Renewable Energy designs and builds custom environments that integrate the use of advanced hydroponic technologies. State Renewable Energy also specializes in designing hydroponic labs and classrooms for schools and other educational institutions. Hydroponic systems can be used to grow fruits and vegetables for food production and even ornamental plants and flowers for aesthetic indoor landscapes. A benefit of hyrdroponic technologies is they allow for fruits and vegetables to be grown locally and sustainably using up to 96% less water and less space than traditional agriculture. These technologies can provide sustainable agriculture in remote locations where natural resources are scarce and in highly populated urban locations where land is limited.
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Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil. There are a variety of Hydroponic Technologies available that can be used to grow plants in a soilless environment including Nutrient Film Technique (NFT), Deep Flow Technique (DFT), Aquaponics, and Aeroponics. Although each of these methods differ from one another, they each rely on supplying the growing plants with a solution containing the necessary nutrients plants typically receive from soil.
When seeds are planted in soil, the soil keeps the seeds in place while they germinate and begin to sprout. In a soilless environment, the seeds are planted in a Growing Medium to help keep the growing plants in place. Growing mediums, also called growing substrates, come in many varieties of materials including coconut fiber, peat moss, gravel, expanded clay aggregate, rockwool, vermiculite, and foam sponges.
Plants need light, water, and nutrients for growth. Plants use light for photosynthesis, the process by which plants generate their own food. When plants receive light, the green pigment in their leaves, called chlorophyll, causes the plant to absorb energy. Plants use that energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose, the sugars it uses for food. In addition to light and water, plants need nutrients for proper growth. There are seventeen essential nutrients for plant health including nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus.
There are a wide variety of plants that can be grown hydroponically from leafy greens to ornamental plants. Leafy green plants, such as lettuce, grow very well in hydroponic environments because of their extremely high water content. In addition, herbs such as basil, mint, dill, lemon balm, oregano, and lavender and fruits such as strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and bell peppers can be grown in hydroponic systems. Ornamental plants that can be grown include Boston fern, selaginella, begonia, and aloe.
State Renewable Energy provides consultation and design services for renewable energy applications as well as STEM-based trainings and instructional services for k-12 and higher education. We use advanced technologies to integrate the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable practices into our projects. Thinking ahead, we always look for effective ways to incorporate sustainability into everyday life. We stay on top of the latest developments, constantly researching new ideas in order to provide our clients with the best opportunities available.
Every project is approached with a combination of knowledge, experience, and innovation. With an emphasis on education, our goal is to enable people to become environmentally responsible and live sustainably.