Hydroponic is the practice of growing plants without soil. Plants can be grown in plain nutrient solution or in sterile substrates, therefore microbe free. Hydroponics uses less than 1/10th - 1/5th of the water used in soil cultivation.
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The development and use of controlled environment agriculture and hydroponics have enhanced the economic well being of many communities throughout the world and with the trainings and assistance in establishing such project, suitable human resources and entrepreneurs can be developed in India to make hydroponics is a technical reality. Such production systems can produce horticultural crops where field-grown fresh vegetables and ornamentals are not possible or unavailable for much of the year.
Hero MotoCorp environmental initiatives among other things are green roofs with vegetable production using hydroponic technology in roof top greenhouses in its manufacturing factory complex in Nimrana, Rajasthan; Saveer Biotech Limited feels pleasure to have been associated exclusively with this prestigious project as one point solution provider.
Saveer was associated with the project right from the beginning which involved Planning, Designing, Manufacturing, Installation and finally Commissioning of the specially manufactured and designed Hydroponic Greenhouse on the roof tops of the buildings. The greenhouses with complete hydroponic system are designed to produce Lettuce, tomato, capsicum and cucumber. To demonstrate the production technology Saveer with the team of in house Agri. Scientists demonstrates the production technology for the growing of the crops in these greenhouses thus fulfilling the Hero MotorCorp’s vision in sustainable development which can only be created with a balance between nature, business and mankind.
Covering about 45000 sq meters, Hero’s green roof consisting of the landscaped lawns and Hydroponic Greenhouses helps to conserve energy by moderating the temperature on the roof and within surrounding areas. It also helps to reduce the storm water runoff volume and peak flow rate dramatically. The green roof can restore aesthetic and ecological value of open urban spaces. It addition to this, it protects conventional roofing systems by doubling the service life of the underlying waterproof membrane.
In hydroponic systems, Plants are grown without the use of soil. Plants receive all the essential nutrients from a specially formulated nutrient--‐rich water--‐based solution. Temperature, pH, humidity, and nutrient concentrations are highly regulated and therefore typically result in high yields. Tomato yields/acre are 12 to 30 times greater, cucumbers are four times greater, and Lettuces are 2.3 times greater than conventional farming in U.S, in India increase in yield is greater. Crops can be grown year round without weather related disruptions, unlike conventional practices.
Technology and Scope in Residential, industrial and services buildings:
Now with the initiative of the company this method has been used for the first time in India for the integrative environment initiatives within the manufacturing complex of a company.
Potential implementation areas and significance:
- Residential, industrial and services buildings
- No requirement of soil and exclusive land for growing crops
- Resistant to weather related disruptions
- Potential food production year around
- Favorable potential environmental benefits
- Efficient Energy, CO2 and water exchange
- Symbiotic flows characterization
- Reduces food miles
- Potential to represent a key point in the design of low-carbon cities
- Agronomic practices easy to follow